Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for May, 2007

What the heck is RSS? Little did I know that I was reading news and blogs the Old Slow Way rather than the New Fast Way. Jeez. I’m almost as embarrassed as when it was pointed out that I still use Friendster, which is, like *so* 2003. RSS is sweet, and this video created by…

A friend of mine in the Neuroscience program just got back from Hawaii (nice spot for an academic conference, I’ll say) and sent me some entirely amusing parrot pictures. FYI, the title of the email was “You in 40 Years?” Hrm. “In Hilo, at “Bear’s Cafe,” I saw a retired lady eating breakfast with her…

Perhaps you’ve heard about the wayward humpback whales, a mother and calf, who had become disoriented and began swimming inland towards Sacramento, California. They were traveling down the Sacramento River, causing a lot of grief to the Coast Guard and to marine biologists trying to think of a way to get the pair turned rightways.…

Everyone’s baring their souls…..oh i mean mugs, so thought i’d contribute. This is the mug I was drinking out of at lab. Not really sure where it came from, except that those are suppost to be hair cells on the mug. Hair cell for comparison: More below the fold……

Neuroscientists truly are rock stars. And, apparently, some are *literally* rockstars, or at least grasping desperately at it. Meet Joseph LeDoux’s band, The Amygdaloids: Joseph LeDoux, Daniela Schiller, and Nina Galbraith Curely are neuroscientists who study emotion and memory functions of the brain, and Tyler Volk is an environmental scientist who has also written about…

Getting stung by insects hurts, and some hurt (a LOT) more than others. Of course, this necessitates a ‘sting pain’ index by which to compare the aftereffects of meeting the business end of a stinger. Why, just last weekend when i was on an ill-fated canoe trip (I dumped out twice, in freezing water) and…

It really was only a matter of time until a longitudinal study on a massive scale, such as this one in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, came out to back up what common sense told us was unhealthy. That being, that artificial, gross manipulations of diet aren’t great for you. In fact, they may…

If you are hearing impaired, or if you just like hearing about interesting new sensory gadgets, lend me your ears. Well, actually, lend them to neuroscientists at UNC Chapel Hill who have just opened the first clinical trial to test a new device which combines cochlear implant and hearing aid technology–in the same ear. The…

There’s a nifty little radio show broadcast out of Canada called ‘IAmAScientist‘ which focuses on [wait for it] the lives of scientists. The most recent show, cataloged via podcast courtesy of the friendly yet mysterious host, chats up Retrospectacle’s favorite birdly scientist, Dr. Irene Pepperberg herself. Check it out here. I also just noticed that…

Human papilloma virus (HPV) just became a bit more disconcerting, especially if you happen to be in a particular *cough* industry. A group at Johns Hopkins just reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that risk of a rare throat cancer (oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinoma)was 9 times higher for people who reported oral sex with…