Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for June, 2006

I just couldn’t resist that title. A more accurate title would have been “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Prevents Migraines From Progressing,” but, when in doubt, err on the side of drama. And, I actually wasn’t THAT far off, really. (Note: Ray gun above is not real (duh). Real device under the fold.) As reported in Medical…

Despite a lack of scientific evidence to back up their claims, herbal remedies are used by millions. effectiveness isn’t the only issue. Could they be dangerous, too? A news story with this headline appeared in Delaware Online today, highlighting the complex relationship that Americans have with herbal remedies. I personally am quite interested in this…

Oh the gems! I got a one-way ANOVA, do you know what that means? Thats when ya got three or more independent levels on tha scene….. This movie made my day. It will make yours too. The display of nerdy stat-related witticisms made me glad to be alive. From Cognitive Daily. Its sooooo “sig.”

What if we lived in a world with no secrets? As the field of neuroscience matures, the need for a new brand of ethics–“neuroethics”–is becoming clear, as highlighted in this month’s Nature. . Society would be a different place if all our lies, however trivial, were abandoned in favour of blunt honesty. In some areas,…

The Midwest has been hit hard by the heroin/fentanyl overdoses. For more on the background see this; in a nutshell, drug dealers have been lacing heroin and cocaine with the dangerously powerful painkiller fentanyl. CNN reports tonight that 47 people, part of the Mickey Cobra’s gang, were busted in Chicago in connection with fentanyl trafficking.…

William Shatner Vs. Buzz Aldrin

Courtesy of SEED’s Daily Zeitgeist comes the newest addition to the People I’d Like To See Fight William Shatner (Stephen Hawking was recently added.). Yes, none other than the original Man In Space himself, Buzz Aldrin. Just cause he’s been on the Moon doesn’t mean he won’t use gravity to its fullest potential to pound…

‘If man in space, in addition to flying his vehicle, must continuously be checking on things and making adjustments merely to keep himself alive, he becomes a slave to the machine. The purpose of the Cyborg, as well as his own homeostatic systems, is to provide an organizational system in which such robot-like problems are…

These are amazingly nerdy-cool. MadeWithMolecules has got a great thing going–serotonin earrings, estogen necklace, even boxer shorts and baby apparel! I would LOVE the serotonin necklace, but alas, I am a poor graduate student.

Quite an interesting ethics debate, really. An 8-year-old boy is caught in the middle of his parent’s court battle over whether he should be circumcised or not, and groups opposed to the procedure are keeping a keen eye on the case. The mother wants him to undergo circumcision in order to prevent a recurring inflammation…

A recent post by Stranger Fruit about the rare rhinos in Borneo reminded me of what a special, unique place Borneo is, in terms of beauty and diversity of life. I have been to the island of Borneo twice, both times to the state of Sabah. Sabah is one of 13 states in Malaysia, and…