Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for November, 2006

Cancer = Stem Cells Gone Wild!

This recent discovery actually makes a lot of sense: errant stem cells are often the cause of cancers and tumors, and therefore should be better targeted with chemotherapy. Stem cells are the precursors to all tissues, good and bad, and many cancers could be considered the result of stem cells’ division process gone awry. Suddenly,…

A reader (hat tip Bob Abu!) sent me this staggeringly good article written by long-time political journalist Seymour Hersh, appearing in the New Yorker, entitled “The Next Act.” Specifically, it addresses whether the recently humbled Bush Administration is now more likely, or less likely, to invade Iran. What was Cheney’s reaction to the possibility of…

Huge Wild Turkeys Taking Over Suburbia

In case you can’t make it to the grocery store, or all the turkeys are sold out, just take a peek into your own backyard. There’s a lot of wild turkeys just walking around. And they all look delicious. Happy Thanksgiving!

Are you an A-List Blogger?

Well, I’m not. But I am a B-List blogger, which might get me into some parties on the east side of Detroit. Kineda’s blog has a cute little app that measures your Technorati status to tell you what ‘list’ you’d be on. What is a B-List Blogger defined as? The High Authority Group [B-List Bloggers]…

Its on my wishlist. Too bad there’s not a Flying Spaghetti Monster one, praise pasta.

In an effort to “encourage discussion” on race-based scholarships, a student group called the Boston University College Republicans (BUCR) has instituted a controversial $250 “Caucasian Achievement and Recognition Scholarship“. Applicants must be at least 25% Caucasian, have a 3.2 GPA, and submit an essay on what it means to be a Caucasian-American in today’s society.…

I’ve Been Good This Year. Promise!

For those friends and relatives who read my blog and are wondering about Xmas or birthday ideas, why just cast thine eyes to my sidebar to note that I have added some links to my Amazon Wishlist, the Alex Foundation, and serotonin jewelry. Not that I expect or deserve anything other than coal, but if…

By now, much of academia has heard about the goings-on at MIT. Susumu Tonegawa, head of the prestigious Picowar Institute at MIT and Nobel Laureate, is stepping down from his position following a university review which found he “behaved inappropriately when he tried to discourage a young female scholar from accepting a job offer from…

Of Pinker and Pandas…………

How did I ever miss Steven Pinker getting wasted with Dr. Steve Steve? C’mon people, you’re suppost to tell me about these things! Should I include a question for him regarding his favorite brew? I KNOW I’m going to have to ask him about his membership in the esteemed Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club For Scientists.…

Abominations: Homosexuality, Football?

Some fantastic morning reading from a USA Today opinion article entitled ‘”When Religion Loses Its Credibility,” critiques the current religious stance on homosexuality—and wonders, what if religion is yet again proven wrong? This was written by a well-spoken, pro-science Baptist Minister (yes, they do exist.) Religion’s only real commodity, after all, is its moral authority.…