Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for July, 2006

I saw this link over at The Island of Doubt, and it certainly deserves a repost due to my Captain Kirk obsession.

As a fair skinned person, I’m totally into this idea! This new bikini has a UV monitor built right into its belt, so you can safely swim and play in the sun. Made by Solestrom Swimwear, its already a big hit in South Africa and Australia where skin cancer rates are extremely high. Now this…

Its no secret that you can go overseas, notably to Asia, to receive embryonic stem cell treatments for a variety of neurological disorders. Well, I just found an interesting website which reports on the progress of China’s stem cell therapies (mostly for wealthy Westerners) as well as patient follow-ups to track the recovery post-op. Take…

Someone call Sam Raimi! Although not bound in human flesh and signed in blood, I’m pretty sure this recent “miraculous find” is the Necronomicon. Irish archaeologists Tuesday heralded the discovery of an ancient book of psalms by a construction worker while driving the shovel of his backhoe into a bog. The approximately 20-page book has…

Saw this on YouTube, just TOO cute!

Over at the Intersection, Chris Mooney brought to light a recent interviewby Morgan Spurlock in which he was quoted thusly: We’ve started to make science and empirical evidence not nearly as important as punditry–people using p.r.-speak to push a corporate or political agenda. I think we need to turn scientists back into the rock stars…

Technorati, an online blog rating system, has rated ScienceBlogs in the top 50 most popular blogs in the world! Woohoo! We’re currently #33, and yes, we’ve even beaten out Cute Overload. Now, please could you make ScienceBlogs a “favorite” blog? Or, if you’re feeling mighty generous, you could even favorite Retrospectacle! Go here to do…

Last night I went to go see “A Scanner Darkly,” the dis-topia flick starring Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder based on the 1977 sci-fi novel by Philip Dick. Now, before you shout “Keanu Reeves!” and pan the movie, believe me, the acting issue was more than made up for by a phenomenal performance by Robert…

It wouldn’t be funny, really, unless it was in the Onion. My favorite: “Maybe Bush would pass the bill if, instead of research, the stem cells would be used for torture.” Ah the Onion. Irreverent to the last. (Thanks to Kendra!)

Apparently, China now really believes that Americans landed on the moon. More anti-Ipod alarmist garbage. Just listen to it at a reasonable level and you’ll be fine. Our ability to spot snakes helped humans evolve? Tina Fey is leaving SNL. (Too bad, she was like the only funny one left.) Best to avoid the herb…