Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for October, 2006

Add one more nail in the coffin. A University of Central Florida professor, Costa Efthimiou, has mathmatically proven that vampires could never really exist. His logic goes: On Jan 1, 1600, the human population was 536,870,911. If the first vampire came into existence that day and bit one person a month, there would have been…

Two little gems from Bob Abu this morning (thanks!): First is the Allen Brain Atlas, so named after the Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen, whose goal is to create… …a detailed cellular-resolution, genome-wide map of gene expression in the mouse brain. The completion of the sequencing of the mouse brain and the availability of techniques to…

Harpooning For Dummies

As has been reported by myself and others, Iceland has resumed commercial whaling, killing an endangered fin whale earlier this week. However, Norway and Japan have been engaging in commercial whaling, either blatantly or under the auspices of “scientific research,” for quite some time. This is quite a sensitive issue in global politics, involving high…

Blue-Eyed Men Prefer Blue-Eyed Women

Men with blue eyes prefer women who themselves have blue eyes, according to a new study published in the journal of Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology. The reason for this may be an (unconscious) desire to keep tabs of the partner’s fidelity, as a blue-eyed couple can only have blue-eyed children. So, if a resulting child…

This is us in a nutshell. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Did Iceland not get the memo, or what? They just broke a 21-year international moratorium on commercial whaling by killing an endangered fin whale. Last week Iceland announced that it planned to resume commercial whaling (Norway and Japan already are doing it), flouting the ban put in place by the International Whaling Commission in 1985.…

Sometimes I get excited by graphs. Take this one for example. Mixing Memory goes into detail here, as to why the Dems are a shoe-in for a Congress majority. Yay.

The military is investing heavily in labs which are studying genes related to regeneration—specifically, the ability to regenerate limbs and organs. The motivation behind this is clear. As soldiers in Iraq and beyond are surviving wounds that previously would have been fatal, often their injuries include amputations which prevent them from returning to duty. The…

I’ve been trying to convince my friends for years that salvation could be found at Taco Bell. Now, I have irrefutable proof. Valencia Phillips said she’s not crazy, not so religious either. But even though Phillips was quite hungry one evening, she didn’t dare bite into what she calls the “holy burrito.” “Right here, I…

So, now the father of the Malawian boy, whom Madonna intends to adopt, was quoted saying that he did not want Madonna to adopt his son but rather just raise him on his behalf. Banda’s statement is a major shift from his earlier remarks last week when he railed against human rights groups that have…