Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for July, 2007

As you all know, I’ve been infected with the LOLVirus, symptoms manifesting as LOLParrots. The first three are a tribute to the LOLRus, who has fought nobly for his stolen bucket. Amazingly, across phyla, another poor creature feels his pain.

I’m sure I’m not the only Sopranos fan around these parts, and I’m sure I’m not the only person to be a bit baffled by the last episode. It seemed like all lead up and no payoff. True, Tony’s big rival and head of the New York mob was, er, dispatched of, but what really…

[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…

A little while ago I was “tagged” by Orac of Respectful Insolence in the “How to Fix the NIH” meme. The rules to the meme were a bit laborious, and I’m not going to be so mean as to tag more innocent bloggers with the ponderous task of thinking about grants and funding institutions when…

A skin-patch (similar to the patches that deliver nicotine trans-dermally) has been approved to treat Alzheimer’s disease. The drug in the patch, Exelon (rivastigmine), is already on the market in pill form, but in the form of a patch the drug can be delivered continuously and more reliably. Delivery through the skin also gets rid…

LOLParrots?

Ok, I tried to hold off, but this danged ‘LOLCats‘ craze finally won me over to the Dark Side. It all happened when I *somehow* ended up at I Can Has Cheeseburger, the evil evil site that started it all (or was that Fark?), and when ostensibly just there to “see what all the fuss…

Sunday Random You Tube

[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…

The Shanghai Museum houses 5 floors of ancient Chinese artifacts ranging from carved jade to Buddhas to painted scrolls, and was built in the early 90s. As a neat coincidence, there was also an exhibit of American Art rotating through the museum which featured famous works by artists including Warhol and O’Keeffe. Below are some…

Sad News

I heard this morning that my grandfather died in his sleep last night. He had certainly lived a long life and had had the opportunity to travel across the country with my grandmother in their RV, for the past 15 years or so. Their pet projects involved Habitat for Humanity-type volunteering on various buildings, and…