Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for September, 2006

What a journey! Three flights, four airports, a 2 hour bus ride through London, my luggage lost (not my poster though!), but at midnight Sept 16th I have finally made it to Montpellier, France. First, my flight out of Detroit was delayed over 2 hours, although I received some nice vouchers from Northwest in the…

Ever wonder how plasma TV’s work? Well, I did, and decided to figure it out! “Traditional” televisions use cathode ray tubes, in which a gun fires a beam of electrons inside a large glass tube at phosphor atoms at the other end. The electrons excite the phosphor atoms, causing them to light up as pixels.…

This looks suspiciously like the pint of Sam Adams I had in the sleezy Detroit Airport lounge (waiting for my plane, delayed 2.5 hours.) But in fact, its a advertising campaign used by a British church! “The message is subtle but simple — where is God in all the boozing at Christmas?” said Goodwin, whose…

If you buy a parrot from a breeder in America, chances are it has a small metal ring around its leg. My African Grey, Pepper, also has one of these (I call it his “bling.”) I’d never really given it a lot of thought, but have recently become curious as to why it is placed…

Off to Europe Tonight!

So, as I’ve mentioned previously, I’m leaving for Europe tonight (coming back Sept 29th!). Don’t worry, blogging will not cease (although may be a little slower), and I’m going to try to photo-blog my travels through France, Belgium, and Amsterdam. I am presenting a poster at the Inner Ear Biology Meeting in Montpellier, France and…

New Bird Species Identified in India!

Not for 50 years has a new species of bird been identified! But, a new and very colorful species was recently found in India, Yahoo news reports (pictured below.) The new species, called Bugun Liocichla, was first seen this past May in a remote corner of India–the state of Arunachal Predesh which shares a border…

What Are “Tubes in the Ear”?

Mark Chu-Caroll related a story in the comments to this post, about how his son benefited greatly from having tubes put in his ears after recurring ear infections became a serious issue. For children who get frequent ear infections, tympanostomy tubes can be a very effective, and low-impact treatment. (An explanation of ear infections, and…

Wanna Live Longer? Move to Maryland!

A recent Yahoo news story reports that life expectancy is tied to race, income, and where you live. Although not unexpected, it makes for quite interesting food for thought on the disparities that exist in the current health care system in America, as well as genetic factors involved in life span. Asian-American women living in…

A little more on the topic of ear infections, from Forbes: A new study found that almost two-thirds of children given a prescription for antibiotics — just in case — didn’t need to have the prescription filled to get better. “Our study evaluated a ‘wait-and-see’ prescription for ear infections in children,” said the study’s lead…

Yeah, I have an ear infection (otitis media). So, why not take this opportunity to describe what an ear infection is, why it hurts, and what you can do about it. Otitis media literally means “middle ear inflammation,” but it really refers to the build-up of infected fluid in the spaces in the middle ear,…