Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for March, 2007

Hat tip Gina.

The world’s biggest flying parrot is the beautiful Hyacinth Macaw, a bluish-purple macaw with yellow around their eyes and mouth. I say “flying parrot” because the ground-bound Kakapo can sometimes weigh the same or a bit more. However, the Hyacinth also is perceived as bigger due to its extremely long tail feathers. Their beauty has…

When my family moved to South Carolina from Florida, we looked at houses in the cities of Simpsonville and Clinton. We, looks like it was a good thing we settled in Simpsonville. Just take a look at whats going on in Clinton…. Now, what I remembered of Clinton was beautiful old antebellum houses and nice…

Poor Al Gore, no good deed goes unpunished in his quest for climate change awareness. Only a few days ago he went before the Senate on a hearing on global warming. During which, climate change’s biggest political foe, Senator James Inhofe and Gore argued heatedly. Now, the Republicans are moving to block his ‘Live Earth’…

Hard to know what to make of this, or even if what they propose–to prenatally interfere with sexual orientation–is possible. Mr. Mohler [president of a Baptist seminary] said in the article that scientific research “points to some level of biological causation” for homosexuality. That suggestion offended fellow conservatives, Mr. Mohler said. Proof of a biological…

An interesting article (“Why You Rarely See Your Professors In Church“) which appeared in the University of Michigan student paper was forwarded to me by its author, Kingson Man. Its tagline went something like this: Studies show that professors are three times more likely to be atheists or agnostics than the rest of the population.…

UM Hospital has an excellent cancer facility, and as breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women, many cases of breast cancer are treated here at UM. However, many post-operative women choose not to go through breast reconstruction. Why? A study here at UM (Comprehensive Cancer Center) discovered that 44% of surgeons…

Not sure if there’s any other watchers of the show “24″ who read, but me and my friends usually get together on Mondays to watch it and enjoy some home cooking. We take turns cooking, and its my week this week. I was trying to think up something to whip up, and came across this…

Remember Bush’s speech last year where he denounced “human-animal hybrids“? Well, I don’t know about you, but I about fell off the couch laughing. But now it looks like his worst fear has come to pass: a chimeric sheep with 15% human cells, engineered with the hope of animal organs one day being used for…

Check out the latest “I Am A Scientist” podcasts, which every week interviews a scientist about their research topic. Last week, I was a guest, and this week’s guest is Jane Lawrence. She discusses two types of imaging techniques: real-time fMRI and fMRI of the spinal cord. Check it out!