Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for October, 2006

Gwenyth Paltrow has one. So does Angelina Jolie, U2′s Bono, Meg Ryan, and Mia Farrow. Now Madonna wants one too. No, I’m not talking about the latest Dior sunglasses or Fendi purse (although I’m sure it would look fab on Bono)—the “in” accessory lately seems to be African orphans. And this is entirely a good…

This urinal, shaped like a woman’s mouth, was located near Vienna’s national opera in Austria. But it won’t be there much longer–politicians have demanded its removal because they think it is sexist. “We think that it’s tasteless, misogynistic and offensive,” Marianne Lackner, media spokeswoman for the Vienna Department of Women’s Affairs told The Associated Press.…

These photos from Brussels and Amsterdam are long overdue. I didn’t take too many of Amsterdam as I *thought* I lost my camera for a little while. Although, I did find it when i got home. After finally arriving in Brussels (and after an unplanned night in Paris, and a week in Montpellier), I made…

A talk I saw at SFN received a news release which was emailed to me by a reader (thanks!). I didn’t take notes during the talk, so this was a nice piece of serendipity. The title of the talk was “Role of Sleep in Human Memory Consolidation and Reconsolidation” (Sunday, Oct 15 2006 9:15 AM…

Random Bit of Fun……….

These are a few of my friends in the UM Neuroscience Program. We went out to dinner at Dante’s Down the Hatch, which was a fondue place in a PIRATE SHIP! Left to right: Ben Johnson, Edny Gula, Me, Lisa Briand, Darren Opland. And the beautiful Jen Chikar was taking the picture! Another dinner: Me,…

A New Element Is Born

CNN reports a new element, Element 118 as it is tentatively called, has been made using Californium. It is the heaviest element ever recorded, and was only in existence for 1,000 of a second. The element was created last year in Russia using a minuscule amount of Californium provided by the Americans. After a millisecond,…

Monday afternoon at SFN there was a very interesting symposia on oxytocin and vasopressin as mediators of stress and aggression called “Oxytocin and Vasopressin: Central Regulators of Emotion”. 51 years ago, the Nobel Prize was awarded to Vincent du Vigneaud for the structure of the oxytocin peptide, and research as to what it does has…

Ever want to digitize everything in your life? (If you are a blogger, you may already be doing this….) Microsoft has a project in development called “MyLifeBits,” which has been around for about 5 years and is headed up by computer engineer Gordon Bell. MyLifeBits would record all papers, faxes, phone calls, photographs, and home…

Saturday night here in Atlanta, worlds collided. Jake of Pure Pedantry, Evil Monkey of Neurotopia, Nick of the Neurocontrarian, a high school friend from South Carolina, and six of my fellow UM Neurokids all went out for tapas at Fuego (excellent mojitos!) and then danced the night away at Sutra next door. We shut the…