Old brains, depressed brains, new viruses, returning salmon, and never ever healthcare reform

From my wanderings. We'll start with the happy stuff

Salmon return to Paris! (photo: Charles Bremner, deep in Paris)

Mind Hacks tours some really old brains.

Zuska speaks wisely of health care reform.

The Guardian serves up some glass viruses (smallpox is pictured above).

Neuroskeptic covers a paper that is both encouraging, in its finding that EEG seems to predict antidepressant response, and infuriating, in that it withholds the information anyone else would need to replicate it. NOT GOOD.

The Wall Street Journal checks out cool tools to track the flu.

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