Retrospectacle: A Neuroscience Blog

Archives for December, 2007

Review: The Golden Compass

I went to go see the movie the Golden Compass last night with a few friends, and was phenomenally impressed by it at every level. As someone who has not read the books (The Golden Compass was based on the book ‘Northern Lights’, renamed ‘The Golden Compass’ in America) I don’t have a basis to…

No one could deny that Oktoberfest in Munich would be a roaring good time. However, it seems that a few in attendance occasionally have *too* good of a time and might end up in the emergency room. Now usually, those who do so likely drank too much beer, or fell down and broke an arm,…

As an admitted Sephora junkie, I’ve come across a lot of caffeine-laced cremes for sale that I thought were a rather ridiculous waste of money. A few examples are: – Bliss Fat Girl Slim and LoveHandler – Lancome High Resolution Eye Creme – Zirh Aftershave Creme – Ren Leg Gel But does infusing caffeine into…

Some good news for the Florida manatee: We just learned today that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deferred the manatee’s status change from Endangered to Threatened. They also directed their staff to undertake a review of the flawed state classification system for ALL imperiled species. Citing the need for a better method…

Dysentery Isn’t Funny

…unless it occurs in Oregon Trail. Then its hilarious. You too can proclaim your malady to the world via Tshirt, here. (Hat tip darkman, who has a raging case of dysentery)

Some interesting research is being reported in the mainstream media: that buckwheat honey can reduce coughing and soothe sore throats as well as over-the-counter cough syrup (dextromethorphan), in children. ABC News specifically reported that, in comparison to baseline levels, coughing children who received honey slept better and coughed less that those that received cough syrup…

There’s an article in the Washington Post by the chief officer of the AAAS and editor of ‘Science’ which can be summed up here: We simply cannot invest all our hopes in a single approach. Federal funding is essential for both adult and embryonic stem cell research, even as promising alternatives are beginning to emerge.…

While not as shockingly unusual as the knitted teratoma I reported on a while back, this knitted brain (located at the awesomely-titled ‘Museum of Scientifically Accurate Fabric Brain Art’) is equally amazing. Regions are knitted with varying colors, and the corpus callosum is a zipper! Here’s a view of the brain from above, and “opened-up”…