Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for June, 2006

It’s all over the news: elecrtomagnetic fields (EMFs) from cellular phones have been found to excite the brain close to where the phone is being held. As more than 500 million people in the world use cell phones, it is quite important to clarify the extent of the activation and whether it is harmful. (More…

SQUAWK Random African Grey

Ok, this isn’t Pepper, but it looked so close I just had to post this adorable African Grey. Sup fools!

Reuters (through Yahoo News) reports the discovery of a color-changing snake in the Borneo rainforest. The venomous snake represents an unknown species, and was found by biologists working with the WWF. The ability of reptiles to manipulate their skin pigmentation has been documented before, but is extremely rare in snakes. “I put the reddish-brown snake…

Are women in the field of neuroscience still under-represented? Does there exist obstacles to their getting published in top journals? According to a Nature Neuroscience editorial on the subject, the situation is looking up (for them, but not for women). Only one in five papers published in Nature Neuroscience has a female corresponding author. This…

I’m currently working on a paper regarding learning and memory in honeybees. Actually I’ve been working on it for about 3 years. It got put on the backburner when I entered graduate school, but I finally decided its time to get this thing published. So, why not give you a little preview of the remix?…

Monday Morning Meme

Abel Pharmboy over at Terra Sigillata (or T-Sig, as I now say) tagged me for a Monday Morning Meme. How can I resist? These things always remind me of the “boy/job/car” games that we girls used to play in middle school. 4 jobs you’ve had: 1. Waitress at the Olive Garden 2. Surf shop chick…

I’m a newbie to carnivals, but they seem like a great idea! So go check out the first edition of The Synapse over at Pure Pedantry. I have contributed a few submissions, and the others I’ve read so far are fascinating. So go get your chai skim cappuccino and learn about brains. You boss will…

Top Home Remedies Via The Onion

Not ALL of us have inoperable brain tumors.

What makes a good science teacher? Honestly, I have no idea. Teaching is certainly not my cup of tea, and I thank my stars that UM only asked me to teach one semester. I probably know a lot more about what not to do, given the kind of teachers I had. Myself, I received a…

In Other News, Old Things Die

As my esteemed Sciencebloggers Jake, Evolving Thoughts, Bora, and PZ have reported, “Darwin’s Turtle” died. Named Harriet (actually Harry, but was found to be female 100 years later so it was changed), the tortoise was picked up in the Galapagos islands by Charles Darwin. It found its way to the Brisbane Zoo, under the dubious…