Of Two Minds

Shelley Batts

Hi everyone, thought I’d drop by and say hello and remind ScienceBlogs (as well as myself) that I do still exist beyond the lab, and have not yet degenerated into a shadowy specter capable only of writing up data in the bowels of the University of Michigan. I have gotten very pale though, so that…

Hi folks. Before you all fall out of your chairs that I am, yes, in fact, blogging, just check out this gem of a story that lured me from the bowels of the UM medical complex. Apparently an African Grey parrot in Japan, a Mr. Yosuke Nakamura, recited his name and address to a vet…

Cristiana Senni from World Parrots Trust just let me know that their organization has uploaded several movies to YouTube of African Grey parrots in the wild. I live with a Grey, and was absolutely amazed at their vocalizations and behaviors–pretty much exactly like Pepper. Reminds me that while Pepper is tame, he is still just…

Dalai Lama Speaks in Ann Arbor

The Dalai Lama has been making appearances and giving talks in the US, with his most recent talk at the University of Michigan (where I am) yesterday. Although I was unable to attend the actual talk, since the tickets were sold out within an hour of going on sale, his appearance was videotaped and uploaded…

Anatomically-Correct Brain Cake!

Well folks, sorry I’ve been so AWOL around here lately. Lets just say there’s been a lot of long hours in the basement with the confocal microscope, and I’ve also been in charge of organizing the U of M Neuroscience Spring Symposium, which is next week. I’m super-excited about the three visiting neuroscientists: Nicholas Gaiano,…

Something to think about next time those vanity pangs hit (Mac-users, I’m looking at you): new research published in the April 2nd Journal of Neuroscience reports that botulium (the toxin in the popular cosmetic Botox injections) can reach the nervous system when injected into the facial muscles of rats. Although the toxin would only reach…

There are some things I consider news, and some things I just consider “well, duh.” File this study, which reported that high school students don’t care that loud music damages their hearing, under the second category. Kids These Days ™ have been listening to loud music as long as their has been loud music to…

Are Mac Owners More Pretentious?

Being a (very) recent convert to the World of Mac, it is with great interest that I read a provocative report by Mindset Media comparing the behavior of Mac-owners vs. PC-owners–specifically, who was snobbier? Mindset surveyed 7500 Mac and PC-owners and found that Mac users were more self-important, intellectually curious, and felt themselves to be…

As I chug along on my thesis and manuscript-writing, I’m often reminded what it means to “see your name in print.” There’s something about that feeling of being responsible, in front of the world, for your words and thoughts. However, not all first publications are of strictly scientific merit, as a friend of mine recently…

As noted in the sidebar here, I’m at the University of Michigan, involved in hearing research. So, I was so thrilled when it was brought to my attention that research from our institute, on the topic of cochlear implants, was being mentioned in this month’s ‘Economist’ magazine! The article is a good summary of the…