Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for February, 2007

YouTube, the open-source video upload site, is as popular as ever following its buyout from Google. However, today I came across a deliciously snarky editorial about YouTube’s blatant use of copyrighted material. Is what YouTube doing really illegal? Can you REALLY get free egg rolls?? (Continued below the fold)…

The 2007 Koufax Award nominees are up, with many blogs at ScienceBlogs in the Best Expert Blog category. Thanks to whomever nominated me, its a great cohort.

What’s the point of this ad? Your parents do it. They are probably doing it right now. But you don’t want to know that. Just like you don’t want to know what happens to chicks and chickens on factory farms. You don’t want to know that behavioral scientists have discovered that the cognitive abilities of…

Earlier PZ Myers disputed the claim that the recently-notorious 4-legged duck was the product of “genetic changes” as reported by the media. Taking a look at the morphology of the poor bird’s extra legs, it much more likely that the duck suffers from a phenomenon known as “parasitic limb” or “parasitic twin” in humans. For…

Rare Night Parrot Found, Headless

What’s very bad for one parrot turns out to be great for the species. A rare night parrot in Queensland, Australia was flying and struck a barbed-wire fence which instantly killed it, its headless body found the next day. However, ornithologists already had believed the parrot species to be extinct, so finding the dead parrot…

The Psychology of Video Game Addiction

I love video games. Hell, I was raised by Mario, Luigi, Sonic, and Yoshi and eagerly anticipated every new upgrade of the Nintendo console. My parents understood, they were of the Atari generation and saw video games as harmless fun on a rainy Florida afternoon, and perhaps even “good” for improving hand-eye coordination. I played…

Wouldn’t you think that NASA would use the most rigorous psychological test to screen for tough minds in potential astronauts? How then does the soap-opera-esque debacle with astronaut Lisa Nowak (you know, the one in the love triangle who’s been arrested for attempted murder) even come to such a boiling point? That it *did* happen…

Scientists (and Bloggers) in Love

The cat’s been out of the bag about Jennifer Ouellette (of Cocktail Party Physics) and Sean Carroll (of Cosmic Variance) being engaged, and now a feature story on the two of them is on Nature news today. Specifically, she’s asking advice from other scientists about how to keep a relationship together when the significant others…

Promenade ‘Round the Cochlea

A great learning tool online is Promenade ‘Round the Cochlea, which is in both French and English. I’ve just been swamped during the conference, but my presentation went great yesterday and I got lots of feedback to keep me busy with experiments forever and ever Ramen. Anyway, check out the app, as it does a…

Blast From the Past: Speak & Spell

Remember those old Speak & Spells in the 80s, the ones made by Texas Instruments? Well, that and Simon were probably my favorite games as a kid (oh, and Rubix cube). There’s actually a cool Speak & Spell emulater on the web that I came across, check it out and enjoy the ‘say it’ feature.…