Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for June, 2007

Well, just got back into the States last night and just wanted to say, I’m still alive and pictures/stories/tall-tales will be on the way. My traveling parter is getting back tomorrow and is the Keeper of the Camera. So, probably the next few days I’ll get back to blogging (oh sweet vacation!) with travel stuff…

The entire month of June I’ll be in Asia, still blogging though (when possible!). Me and a friend are spending 4 days in Shanghai, then a few days in Suzhou, then flying to Kota Kinabalu, Borneo (maybe Sipadan, who knows?) and ending in Koh Phanang/Phi Phi Island, Thailand. (Phi Phi pictured below.) My parents live…

Parrot Starts a Knife Fight

Yours truly is currently on a plane which left Detroit at 2pm today (well, or I will be shortly) and is headed towards Shanghai, China. I’m off to visit my parents in Suzhou and then a week each in Malaysian Borneo and Phi Phi/Koh Phenang Thailand. I’m so unbelievably psyched! I’m posting an open thread…

[This is part of a series I'm doing here on Retrospectacle called 'Science Vault.' Pretty much I'm just going to dig back into the forgotten and moldering annuls of scientific publications to find weird and interesting studies that very likely would never be published or done today (and perhaps never should have.) I'll probably try…

Nerdtastic Accessory Trifecta

Ancient nerd legend has it that anyone in possession of these three things will have REAL ULTIMATE POWER. Its a pin. Its a synapse neuron. Sweet. From now on all my eating and drinking implements will display the chemical structure of their contents. Pong. Batteries. Shirt. Need I say more? Those last two came from…

I was just bumming aroung Wikipedia and I noticed that while PZ Myers and Pharyngula have entries, no one has yet made an entry for the entity/project that is ScienceBlogs. Someone should get on that!

One of the most severe developmental defects is called anencephaly, which literally means “without a brain.” However, usually some brain tissue develops normally, but the forebrain and cerebrum is small or absent. This defect is caused by an error in the development of the nervous system and brain, and is thought to be somewhat related…