Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for December, 2006

Most people who have known a drug addict, or have watched Trainspotting or ER, know that one of the more insidious parts of addiction is the need for more and more drug to achieve a “high.” This leads the addict into a spiral of drug-seeking behavior, and brain changes, which lead to the person just…

Saddam’s Dead, D-E-D Dead

Well, that was certainly quick. Convicted last month, handed over to the Iraq authorities yesterday, and hung (hanged, whatever) this morning. Guess no one can complain that justice wasn’t swift. His last words? ‘God is great. The nation will be victorious and Palestine is Arab.’ Our soldiers’ words? “First it was weapons of mass destruction.…

Well, sorry for the long hiatus in blogging, but it was nice to just have a little break and relax for the holidays. Hope everyone also had a restful and safe holidays (of whatever you celebrate–or not!). I just arrived back in the US yesterday, and after another 14 hour flight I gotta admit I’m…

Why Don’t Trolls Stay Under Bridges?

Due to some rather obnoxious putrid trolls, went back to commenter moderation. No big deal, I’ll let all comments through as long as they aren’t abusive nor spam. Also, while I’ll be checking in, I’m taking the week off blogging until I get back to the US on the 26th. This is because my family…

The New York Times was reporting this story like it was surprising in the slightest: A rare, nearly blind white dolphin that survived for millions of years is effectively extinct, an international expedition declared Wednesday after ending a fruitless six-week search of its Yangtze River habitat. The baiji would be the first large aquatic mammal…

Hot Chicks May Be Different…….

……yet men somehow stay the same. Or worse, regress. Not sure whether to be more irked that Razib suggests that smart women aren’t hot (and vice versa), that hot women don’t like sci fi, or than sci fi somehow denotes intelligence. Booooooooo. :/ Paging Zuska?

You In China Now

Arrived in China last night (although night is subjective when you have a 12 hour time differential), and after a bit of a drive to Suzhou we had dinner at a fantastic little Malaysian place which served something called ‘Roti’. Roti is apparently phyllo dough with stuff inside and then fried. The “stuff” usually consists…

Annoyatron Is Audio Equivalent of Spam

I have perhaps found the most annoying device ever You know how irritating it is when your smoke detector needs new batteries and just beeps every now and then? Like the telltale heart, it drives you slowly bonkers. Now, imagine a gadget that did that intentionally, forever, and it was hidden! With its thin design…

Fool ‘Nature’ Twice, Shame on Who?

Scientists love good gossip as much as any ‘Us’-magazine reader, and we take the same car-wreck interest in seeing our lofty demagogues topple in disgrace. The ‘Huang stem cell scandal’s’ shame infected not only the fraudulent scientists involved, but also the journal that published his unsubstantiated work. A new scandal of a similar ilk involving…

Poor gorillas. At least they have an excuse not to believe in evolution, however crappily it might impact their lives. Recent outbreaks of Ebola among people in Africa also killed thousands of gorillas, animals already threatened by hunting, a new study reports. Outbreaks in Congo and Gabon in 2002 and 2003 killed as many as…