Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for October, 2006

Holy Crap! I’m a Finalist!!

Vote for Pedro, oops I mean ME! Yes, for some odd reason I’ve been selected as a finalist in the College Blogging Scholarship, but now I need some votes. Please, I’m a poor broke college student and could really use the scholarship! Vote for me, would ya??? And if you’re a blogger, and blog for…

Halloween has been branded satanic by some, but those of us who have all our marbles know that its just spooky fun revolving around old legends and trappings of fall. As a kid I loved watching “The Great Pumpkin” episode of Peanuts that was ubiquitous around this time of the year. It never got old,…

More shameless self-promoting! Go check out some of my poetry, based on the Fibonacci sequence, now published in the Science Creative Quarterly (SCQ)! SCQ is an amalgam of science, creativity, spontaneity, beauty, and absurdity reflected in the written word, operated under the auspices of our very own David Ng of the World’s Fair.

First it was the World Series, now this? Adding insult to injury, Detroit must follow St. Loius yet again in the rankings, this time for most disgustingly crime-ridden city. I would have thought that “the D” as we fondly call it, would have had THIS competition in the bag. But no. The one thing, the…

The “split-brain studies,” done by Gazzaniga, Sperry, and others, long ago confirmed the lateralization of language and handedness. New research at the University of Michigan suggests that certain senses may be tied to handedness as well. In right-handed people, the dominant hand is more dependent on vision for guidance while the non-dominant (left) hand is…

I was stunned as I scrolled through this short Powerpoint presentation composed by the CDC, published in JAMA over the years. Its a compliation of obesity rates beginning in 1985, going up until 2005. What might be the cause for the surge in obesity rates? Possibly the over-availability of cheap oils and starches, says the…

Just thought I’d post this picture of me and Pepper as a sort-of Friday Grey Matters. And was afraid he might have felt a little left out lately. Sup fool!

The father of the Malawi orphan that Madonna wishes to adopt now says that he is entirely in favor of Madonna taking full permanent custody. This is in contrast to a statement he issued only a few days ago, where he said he wished to retain parental rights. But, in an entirely predictable turn of…

In addition to cruelty, the replacement of whale products, meat toxicity issues, and conservation, fellow SciBling the Island of Doubt brings up another great point against whaling: For more than a decade now, genetic analysis of whale meat on Japanese markets has shown evidence of widespread fraud. The simple truth is, unlike pork and beef,…

In a shameless act of self promotion, I direct you all to this week’s ScienceBlogger interview on Page 3.14, which features meeeeeee!