Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for August, 2007

Much Ado About Footbaths

I came across a story on Digg.com that describes an interesting dilemma for universities: how to reconcile the needs of their students while maintaining delineations of church and state. Specifically, the University of Michigan-Dearborn (I go to the main campus in Ann Arbor) has come under criticism for plans to install two footbaths, at a…

Ali G Interviews Kent Hovind

Ah Sasha Cohen, pokin’ fun at the silly creationists. Its a bit like shooting fish in a barrel isn’t it? Heh, still hilarious.

There’s a total lunar eclipse which is taking place right before 6am Eastern time, and as nocturnal as I am, there’s no way I’ll be up in time to see it. So, I’ve decided to stay up to watch this rare event. A total lunar eclipse is rare: it happens less than once every two…

The German composer Beethoven, considered one of the most gifted composers of all time, died inexplicably at the age of 57 in 1827. He had been quite sick in the months leading up to his death, and in the past few years, research has determined that Beethoven likely died of lead poisoning. Studies detected toxic…

Suicide By Ballpoint Pen

An unfortunate, but amazing case: a 25-year-old schizophrenic man shoved a 14.5-cm-long ballpoint pen through his eye socket, all the way to his cerebellum (in the rear of the brain). Hospital staff found him lying in a pool of blood, and the man told doctors he ‘had torn his eyes because it tickled and that…

As noted around the science blogosphere, something wicked this way comes. PRISM, or the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine (created by the Association of American Publishers), is setting up a strawman argument against Open Access publications, claiming that the tradition of peer review is under attack. Open Access, such as PLOS journals…

When I threw a going-away party for my friend Lisa on Friday, I made some of that jiggly party staple: jello shots! Little did I realize that some awesome (and bored) sciency-types have a website dedicated to a series of experiments to determine how much vodka can be added to jello shots before they lose…

How the Cone Snail Devours Prey

Last week I blogged about the unique properties of cone snail venom. Now take a took at that venom put to use: I wish I could slow it down enough to see the moment where the snail impales the fish with the venom barb, but its too quick.

Yet More LOLParrots!

Yeah so, I like to be silly sometimes. To check out my other LOLParrots, go here and here!

Popular legend tells us that during the process of mummification, the ancient Egyptians removed the vital organs, including the brain, and placed some of them in jars. The earliest known mummies date to around 3300 BC in Egypt. During the removal of the brain, the bone behind the nose (the cribiform plate) would be broken…