Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for January, 2007

Genetic Jeans + Pepper = Awesome

In the comments of the Gene Jeans post, Robster from Wonkabout made me this cool picture, which I think deserved a post. Thanks Robster!

Why Can’t You Tickle Yourself?

Scientific American has a “Ask the Expert” series, and someone asked why it was impossible to tickle yourself. The answer lies at the back of the brain in an area called the cerebellum, which is involved in monitoring movements. Our studies at University College London have shown that the cerebellum can predict sensations when your…

How nerdelicious-cool are these “genes?” I want some! These are the “Recessive” variety. Sadly, they’re quite expensive. Small price to pay for a double-helix on your butt, I say. Read about the brand here.

Beer Microscopy Project

Long nights, sitting at the microscope, slide after slide…….don’t you just wish you had a beer? Slurp slurp. Ahhhh, thats better. Wait, I wonder what *beer* would look like under the microscope! Let’s try it! I think thats what someone at Florida State thought when they decided to start this project, Molecular Expressions: The Beershots…

Pelosi Does Q&A With Bloggers

Nancy Pelosi apparently had a Q&A session with a few dozen bloggers after being sworn in as House Speaker, and has hired a full-time staff member who’s job is blogger outreach!! This is big–the Speaker of the House is conferring a sense of legitimacy to bloggers as a news source and important voice to woo…

A law and economics professor at Vanderbilt, Dr. Joni Hersch, has recently published an interesting paper comparing the incomes of 2,084 legal immigants to the USA to their skin tone. Perhaps unsurprisingly, persons with lighter skintones were found to make more money on average than darker-skinned persons; in fact, 8-15% more. Taller immigrants made more…

The Blight Upon the Sky

I was in kindergarten when the Challenger……”happened.” Its hard to know what to say to describe it: “malfunctioned” sounds so mechanical and impersonal, “exploded” sounds vulgar……what then? As a 6 year old, I certainly didn’t know or comprehend, and 21 years later I really haven’t come up with a better answer. Sure, there’s *explanations,* the…

The Psychology of Being Rich

If you won a million dollars, what would you do? This is a common and fun daydream to have which represents freedom to most people–being independently wealthy is the American dream. Would you share that wealth or hoard it greedily? I think most people would like to believe that if they received a sudden windfall,…

This weekend at UM Neuro, we’re getting our first group of interviewees to the PhD program. I usually volunteer to host a “recruit” because, not only do you get to meet interesting people, you get a slew of fancy dinners all paid for by the program! Woohooo! It is a bit intensive for the host…

The Official Condom of New York

AIDS groups are complaining that Viagra promote unsafe sex, but I wonder what they’d think about these official NYC condoms? What seems like a funny concept is actually part of Mayor Bloomberg’s initiative to reduce the spread of STDs by giving free condoms. And we *all* know that its the packaging that really matters in…