Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for February, 2007

India has almost 6 million people living with HIV/AIDS, the world’s highest number of people in one nation (although the prevalence is lower than in Africa). However about 40% of women in India have not even heard of AIDS, let alone know what to do to prevent its spread. The National Family Health Survey (NFHS),…

Oh, yes, we all know that Senator John McCain gave a talk today at a luncheon in Seattle hosted by the Discovery Institute. What is said institute (I won’t link them, so you can google if you like)? “Despite its self-proclaimed position as an unbiased think tank, the Discovery Institute has played a central role…

No TransFat For Girl Scout Cookies

Its that time of the year again—when cute little girls ply you with unhealthy, delicious cookies. But this year, the makers of Girl Scout cookies are cutting out the transfat, which is a solid move. Hopefully they still taste the same, which they should, as I didn’t hear mention of removing the crack. Man, I…

According to the Bischof-Kohler hypothesis, only humans can dissociate themselves from their current motivation and take action for future needs: other animals are incapable of anticipating future needs, and any future-oriented behaviors they exhibit are either fixed action patterns or cued by their current motivational state. Well guess what, thats a lot of BS. According…

Save. Us. All. Westin Hotel in Seattle on Friday, February 23 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. You’ve been warned.

Fetal alcohol syndrome—where the developing fetus is exposed to high levels of ethanol in the womb—has far-reaching negative effects on neural development. Now environmental and biological factors of parental alcohol abuse might also retard brain growth, according to a new study published in Biological Psychiatry. Many studies have shown that alcohol-dependent men and women have…

Ear Protein Powered Space Suits?

NASA loves to use weird science to make useful stuff…..even proteins found in the inner ear, in the hair cells to be exact. The protein is called prestin, which is the motor protein on hair cells, which may also find a new use powering space suits. If prestin is combined with electricity-producing microbes (geobacter) in…

Thanks for the Tip Mr. Google

Google co-founder Larry Page has some pearls of wisdom for scientists: get off your lazy bums and do something. Scientists need more entrepreneurial drive and could benefit by doing more to promote solutions to big human problems, Google Inc. co-founder Larry Page told a meeting of academic researchers. “There are lots of people who specialize…

All you geekly girls out there, send in your most nerdtastic pictures and rock this contest . Deadline is 2-28-07.

Ann Arbor’s heartache plastered on a shirt: the closing of the Pfizer lab/factory in my home town has “liberated” several thousand people of their jobs. One of these is my friend Kyle “Coney Dog” Kuzzpit who sent me this hilarious t-shirt. A lucky, lucky few will be transferred to Pfizer’s main headquarters in Groton, CT.…