Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for September, 2007

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Some Japanese researchers have engineered frogs with transparent skin, so organs, blood vessels, or even tumors can be observed without performing a dissection. “You can watch organs of the same frog over its entire life as you don’t have to dissect it. The researcher can also observe how toxins affect bones, livers and other organs…

Blogs are becoming powerful tools of first-hand journalism, most recently evidenced by the conflict going on in Myanmar. A London blogger named Ko Htike has been blogging the violence against monks occurring in his homeland, but from his current locale in England. Htike wakes up in the middle of the night to review all the…

This year I am in charge of the UM Neuroscience program’s Spring Symposia, which is where students nominate and invite interesting scientists to come give a talk on their work. The students also get to have dinner and hang out with the speakers informally (read: bar). I’ve been mulling over names, and thought it would…

The Magic of Sake Fermentation

In keeping with my discussion of Japanese foodstuffs (see fugu) this week, I thought I’d post a bit about the alcoholic drink sake. Sake, often called rice wine, has polished rice kernels as its raw material and is produced from the combined effects of a mold and a yeast. However the term “rice wine” is…

The following is a guest post by Tim Marzullo, Graduate Student in Engineering/Neuroscience at the University of Michigan. “Tri, Dva, Odin, Zashiganiye!” (Three, Two, One, Ignition!) A review of “Live from Cape Canaveral” by Jay Barbree “Live from Cape Canaveral” by Jay Barbree serves as a well-written introduction to the last 50 years of human…

The Wonderfully Tasty, and Deadly, Fugu

One of the more, uh, interesting culinary experiences I have had in Asia was ordering fugu (pufferfish) sushi at a Japanese restaurant in China. A few moments after my order, a plate was sat in front of me that contained lots of fresh, white sushi slices…positioned just below the still-gasping decapitated fugu head. My dad…

The Evolution of a Blog Banner

Glendon Mellow of The Flying Trilobite just finished this beautiful banner (currently rotating with Carl’s) for me this weekend, and I thought it might be interesting to show the stages and though process behind his art. Our initial conversations about what I wanted in a banner were along the lines of, that I blog about…

Cappuccino as Art

Friday Grey Matters: The Mind of Alex

One of my favorite authors is Margaret Atwood, the Canadian sci-fi writer who has penned “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “The Robber Bride,” and “Oryx and Crake.” The first on that list is the book that initially hooked me, but I think “Oryx and Crake” holds a special place on my bookshelf for perhaps the silliest of…