Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for January, 2007

Brain-Harvesting Scam Netted $150K

This is just strange. How did it go on for so long? An investigation of suspected brain harvesting within Maine’s medical examiner’s office has ended without any criminal charges, state and federal prosecutors said Wednesday. At least 99 brains were sent from the medical examiner’s office to the Stanley Institute, which uses its brain bank…

Japanese marine biologists came across a rare frilled shark, which was sick and had moved to shallow waters. These sharks are considered “living fossils” as they haven’t changed much for millions of years. They usually live around 2000-3000 feet deep, and this is the first time a live one has been caught on tape since…

Drug Rep Toys Rated!

The first time I went to SFN (Society for Neuroscience meeting), I was in awe of the “rep section” in the enormous conference center. An area the size of a football field was filled with over-educated salespeople trying to entice researchers to peruse their wares: the newest microscope, RNAi technology, custom-made antibodies. They were all…

Our Union is Strong-alicious!

Bush is matched with his worst enemy: words. (HT: Darkman)

The World Is Made of Glass

In case you haven’t heard, the north and midwest has been hit by a frigid ice storm which has covered the entire city with thick layers of ice. A bit dangerous, but really beautiful to look at if you have the misfortune to be outside. The below pictures are a few that my friend Jenni…

Kazakh Man + 500 Parrots in an Audi

If Kazakhstan wants to clean up its image (remember how much they protested about “Borat”?), they might want to curb the rampant parrot-smuggling-by-Audi practices going on. Kazakh border guards arrested a man trying to smuggle 500 parrots in his car from neighbouring Uzbekistan, media reported on Tuesday. “Border guards discovered a live cargo of 500…

Its a bit overdue, but I wanted to address the second point in regards to “An Inconvenient Truth”—whether or not carbon off-sets do any good and whether Al Gore is hypocritical for using jets (which pollute) to attend meetings, etc. This issue was first raised over at my SciBling’s blog Stoat, during his review of…

I once had a friend who’s dog, Cuddles, *loved* beer. Cuddles would beg and whine if anyone had a cold tasty brew in the room. You can imagine how that scernio usually ended up: “Hey guys, watch what Cuddles can do!” It always seemed like a waste of good (or even bad) beer to me,…

Can Hillary Win in 2008?

Hillary Clinton is a smart, capable politician. Yet, she also is the cause for quite a bit of division. There’s not a lot of people who are lukewarm on Mrs. Clinton, most people either love her or hate her. She’s got the positive connotations from her husband’s presidency on her side, yet that comes with…

Previously I’ve blogged about transfat (see this for a summary of the fat), trying to consider whether a ban on the fat in New York was a question of liberty. Also I attempted to highlight just how awful this food-additive really is for your health. Another serious health concern tied to transfat consumption had now…