Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for October, 2007

Al Gore Wins Nobel Peace Prize

Looks like speculations turned out to be true, and Al Gore was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize early this morning, “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.” The IPCC and Al Gore will…

This is one that we had at my Pirates Vs. Ninja’s party, which was a going away party for my badgerific friend Lisa. She’s defending her thesis on Monday, good luck Lisa! This might fit in well with the rest of the geeky cakes… Let see what we got going on here. First, pirate-speak (“We’ll…

I have immense respect and awe for people with artistic talent. Since I have have absolutely none to speak of, the process of developing a piece of art from sketch to completion (and making it look beautiful) is something that baffles me. Artists who focus on the illustration of specimins, science, and natural history art…

Quid Pro Quo, Clarice

I received an email today to this effect, which was rather interesting: You seem to be sincere in your presentation. Before I cast a vote, would you be kind enough to answer this, please: You are the only person around and you are wandering on a isolated beach. You do not have a care in…

Repost: The Neuroscience of ADHD

[I figured that some of you may be new to Retrospectacle due to the blog scholarship contest. I am also writing a manuscript and about to leave to give a talk in Antwerp. So, I thought I might repost a few of my more thought-provoking neuroscience posts today. I hope you enjoy them. -Shelley] Attention…

[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 Invisible Water Trick

Here’s a neat trick demonstrating the density of sulfur hexafluoride–its more dense than the surrounding air, so the tin foil boat floats. Jay Leno tried the trick out and started drinking the gas, which has the opposite effect on the tone of your voice as helium does. Hilarity ensues.Jay Leno Inhales – Anti-helium… Hilarious –…

LOLDualists

I had a mystical experience, and this is what came of it. (Pictures below the fold….)

The Curious Case of Phineas Gage

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m trying to raise money for a classroom-in-need to buy some books about neuroscience, using the case of Phineas Gage as a jumping off point. (And if you haven’t yet donated, they would be most grateful for even a dollar!) I thought it would be interesting and appropriate…

What happens when you take the “science” out of “neuroscience”? Well, you get something quite akin to Dr. Mario Beauregard’s theories on spirituality and the brain. Dr. Beauregard and his graduate student Vincent Paquette are studying the spiritual experiences of Carmelite nuns. First, we had to convince the nuns that we were not trying to…