Transcription and Translation

Archives for January, 2007

Quote of the day

A number of cells were bidirectional, in that they did not a have a peak firing rate in a preferred direction that was at least doubled that in the opposite direction, raising the possibility that apparently reverse replay events merely reflected forward replay of neurons in the opposite direction. Foster & Wilson Nature (06) 440:680-683

Quote of the day

First you destroy those who create values. Then you destroy those who know what the values are, and who also know that those destroyed before were in fact the creators of values. But real barbarism begins when no one can any longer judge or know that what he does is barbaric. Ryszard Kapuscinski, famed Polish…

The article is here. A snippet: For a six-month fee of $300,000 to $500,000, Dezenhall told the association’s professional and scholarly publishing division, he could help — in part by simplifying the industry’s message to a few key phrases that even a busy senator could grasp. Phrases like: “Public access equals government censorship,” and “government…

First the former Enron chief Jeffrey Skilling hired him, then ExxonMobil, now ACADEMIC PUBLISHERS? This ain’t good. From Nature News: The consultant advised [Elsevier, Wiley and the American Chemical Society] to focus on simple messages, such as “Public access equals government censorship”. He hinted that the publishers should attempt to equate traditional publishing models with…

Harvard’s Allston Campus

Yeah, it’s going to happen. From Corie Lok’s blog: The 69-page report – PDF, submitted [Jan 11th] to the Boston Redevelopment Authority for review, proposes some pretty big changes to the Allston landscape. Here are the highlights: -putting part of Soldier’s Field Road, the road that snakes alongside the river on the Boston side, underground…

Map that Campus XXXII

OK I give up. Actually Muftafa’s comment reminded me of a recent development that I had let slip by … and so I’ll use Map that Campus as an excuse to post it and to collect your thoughts on the new project. Here it is: Click here for a larger image. Leave your answers or…

Yes I’ve been neglecting my blog

This week I’ve spoken too much (I got to pitch my work to a couple of visiting seminar speakers), but written so little, so in some cosmic way my total quota of verbal diarrhea has been met. On top of that I haven’t read a single paper in the last two weeks … I’ve glanced…

Snippets from our weekly lab meeting

That must be how it is. It can’t be any other way. Just prove it. Hilarious, n’est ce pas?

‘Scope ads from the past

Look at this beauty: Go kiddies! Now you can be the proud owner of a Gilbert Polarizing Microscope. This must have been inspired by Shinya Inoue! 😉 For more see: A microscope is a scientific instrument. Think of it like a musical instrument: practice, practice, practice.

Show me the energy

OK I’m a cell biologist. I spend my time at a ‘scope (as we microscopists like to say). And I have one thing to say to you and only one thing … my brain is fried. Here is my theory, if you sit in front of a microscope in the dark for more than four…