Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Former Tour de France champ Floyd Landis is now disgraced. His “B sample” came up positive for synthetic testosterone.

Bumblebees like their nectar warm, thank you. (Read about bee intelligence here!)

Top ten places for future disasters in America to occur.

Body modification is an increasing trend. Ever seen a split tongue?(ouch!)
Masterbate-a-thon trying to lift taboos?

Global warming could increase the price of food.

E-passports: Good idea, or an invitation to hackers?

Law enforcement using shame to curb speeding.

Generation Y turning away from religion. Only 48% believe in a god.


  1. #1 JaysonB
    August 6, 2006

    “The researchers said many young Australians were humanists, rejecting belief in a god and replacing that with a belief in human experience, human reason and scientific explanations.”

    Thank GOD.

    Now I’d REALLY love to see crime, teen pregnancy, and other bad statistics among the youth of australia.

    Why is it that much of the rest of the “western” world is steadily moving towards secularist and humanist societies, and yet the U.S. and the middle east seem to be the only regions actually moving in the opposite direction?

  2. #2 wamba
    August 6, 2006

    Atlanta Zoo hires psychics to postdict panda pregnancy

    It was all done “in the spirit of good fun,” according to a news release from Zoo officials.

    Sure. Promoting pseudoscience and magical thinking is great fun. Don’t you think so?

  3. #3 Mouth of the Yellow River
    August 6, 2006

    Ni Hao! Kannichi Wa! Re: Generation Y move from myth to reality

    The trend seems increasing in the Western world with Generation Z, and the rest of the world seems to be following suit.

    As Spurlock showed in Super-Size Me, most pre-schoolers/elementary schoolers (generation Z) could not recognize a picture of Jesus, but 100% knew all about Ronald McDonald and what he represented.

    While this could be good for their souls and intellect, it may not be so good for their glucose levels, liver, blood pressure, blood lipids, etc.


  4. #4 somnilista, FCD
    August 7, 2006
  5. #5 Shelley Batts
    August 7, 2006

    Re: Jayson— Secular countries do have lower violent crime, etc. Ann Arbor is about as athiest/liberal as it gets, but despite being only 30 min from Detroit we’ve had 2 murders in the last 7 years. Funny how that works out, eh?

    Re: Anti-stupid pill– Can we just dump it in the water like fluoride?

    Re: MOTYR— LOL! Does that mean that Ronald Mc Donald is the Jesus of the 21st century?

    Re: Psychic panda—- I can’t believe innocent pandas are being implicated in such a woo-ish scheme! What was the zoo thinking????

  6. #6 somnilista, FCD
    August 8, 2006

    Sooty shearwater
    Electronic tagging reveals these birds travel up to 74000 km each year, covering the Pacific Ocean in a figure-8. They may travel up to 1094 km per day.

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