Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for February, 2007

Just ask 1st Lt. Ehren Watada who’s second court martial is coming up. He’s refused to be deployed to Iraq and made (GASP!) critical statements of Bush and the war. Watada has acknowledged making public statements criticizing the war and Bush. He has said deploying to Baghdad last year with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry…

STD Happy Hour

Ohhh this picture makes me crack up. I took it outside “The Sink,” a bar in Boulder, Colorado when I was there a bit ago for a science conference. Yes, it says “STD Happy Hour.” I forget what it was suppost to stand for, but it did have some other meaning.

Check out this interesting op-ed piece in the NY Times today, on a case being heard in the Supreme Court over Bush’s faith-based initiatives. The question before the court is whether a group seeking to preserve the separation of church and state can mount a First Amendment challenge to the Bush administration’s “faith based” initiatives.…

File this under “How in the Hell……” No one would be foolish enough to claim that racism and discrimination doesn’t exist to some extent. Its an unhappy result of worlds and societies colliding, and I truly believe that as societies evolve, the issue improves. Thats why when someone exhibits blatant, angry racism in a public…

A “study” conducted for computing firm Hewlett Packard warned of a rise in “infomania“, with people becoming addicted to email and text messages and this impacting (what else?) their IQ. This came in 2006, but I just stumbled upon it today and became predicably irate at yet another example of terrible science reporting. The study,…

Everybody Beat Me To It…..

Yeah, remote controlled birds…….crazy cool…… Scientists in eastern China say they have succeeded in controlling the flight of pigeons with micro electrodes planted in their brains, state media reported on Tuesday. Scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Centre at Shandong University of Science and Technology said their electrodes could command them to fly right…

Memo: Cheney Watch Your Back

(Hat tip necta)

The Teacher Firing Flow Chart

Everybody’s talking about the firing of incompentent teachers today, and how difficult it can be due to union rigamarole. Take this flow chart for example, which outlines the steps that must be taken to fire a bad teacher in New York City. It was so huge that it wouldn’t fit on the page (below is…

“Anyone studying Down’s is going to have their socks blown off by this,” says geneticist Roger Reeves, a Down syndrome specialist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, who was not involved in the study. “There hasn’t been anything out there that we really could take to patients or that we had a…

Awesome Pictures of Comet McNaught

Its the brightest comet in 40 years, and is now visible to the naked eye to people in the southern hemisphere. For those of us in the northern side, we’ll just have to make do with cool pictures.