Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for December, 2006

French art is downright weird sometimes, never illustrated better than through SpermCube. From what I can gather, its a “public art project” that everyone is supposed to “contribute” to. Oh man, I can’t even keep a straight face typing this. More pictures under the fold (may not be work safe)……

Going to China!

From December 11th to the 26th I’ll be in Shanghai visiting my parents there, for my birthday and the holidays. Fear not, I’ll still be blogging and probably posting interesting pictures from China. I always have a blast when I go and am really looking forwards to having a bit of down time away from…

Well, its been a long time coming, and further delayed by grants, labwork, and Irene’s hand injury. But, Irene and I finally got on the phone last weekend and chatted a bit about her work, her birds, and her uncertain future in the field. Irene Pepperberg is someone who I’ve admired since early undergrad, and…

Go check out this post over at OmniBRAIN about …er….illustrative warnings against smoking the ye old cancer stick. Then, riddle me this? Is the tumor scarier, or the mustache? Either way, nightmares are in my near future.

Ok this one literally “tastes like neuroscience.” (Oh ho ho, I kill me.) Seriously though, this discovery that it may be possible to diagnose depression through altered taste may one day result in a clinically useful (if unconventional) ‘depression test.’ A group at the University of Bristol, who have published the study in the recent…

Original Edison Bulbs Up For Auction

To be filed under “How Did This Ever Survive?” is a box containing 23 glass light bulbs used by Thomas Edison in a 1890 court battle to defend his patent on them. They will be auctioned this month, with expected bids being around $600,000! The case which Edison was fighting (Edison Electric Light Company vs.…

At the urging of others in the science blogging community (and rightly so!), we’ve been asked to highlight the situation of the tragic Tripoli 6 (or Benghazi 6) and the new developments going on. A bit of a recap though, for those not familiar with who they are. The Benghazi Six consists of five Bulgarian…

Now I’m not a fan of Jeb Bush by any means. But compared to Georgie Porgie, he’s gotta look like the golden son to George Bush, Sr. And thats saying something. Evidenced by a recent emotional speech given by the elder George Bush, in which he broke down to tears when talking about being proud…

Nasty Virus Moving Through MySpace

I like MySpace, it brought me over from Friendster and now I use it almost exclusively. I’ve found old friends, new friends, and also a nasty virus which hijacked my profile last week and used my name to post a bunch of crapola ads on the Message Boards. I wondered what the heck happened, how…

How Liberal Are You?

Not the greatest litmus test, but kinda fun and interesting. I’m more conservative than I thought. I was sure I’d get “Raving Atheist Baby-Eating Level Liberal”…….. Your Political Profile: Overall: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal Social Issues: 25% Conservative, 75% Liberal Personal Responsibility: 0% Conservative, 100% Liberal Fiscal Issues: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal Ethics: 25% Conservative,…