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I’m about six months pregnant with my husband’s and my first child, a wee thing of unknown gender and much kicking that we’ve taken to affectionately calling “The Colonel.” Amid all the voracious reading that modern moms like me seem compelled to do, I was intrigued to see the results of a study from the [...]... Read more »
Todrank J, Heth G, & Restrepo D. (2010) Effects of in utero odorant exposure on neuroanatomical development of the olfactory bulb and odour preferences. Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society. PMID: 21123261
It’s a darn good time to be a meme these days, especially on the Internet. The lightning fast transmission of links and videos and funny pictures between millions of people on any number of social media outlets or email means the viral spread and replication of the latest “you’ve got to see this” thing may [...]... Read more »
Blackmore, S. (2001) EVOLUTION AND MEMES: THE HUMAN BRAIN AS A SELECTIVE IMITATION DEVICE. Cybernetics , 32(1-2), 225-255. DOI: 10.1080/019697201300001867
Well, it’s NCAA basketball tournament time and, as this post hits the blog, we’re heading into the second day of “March Madness,” one of my favorite times of the collegiate sports year. Raise your hand if your brackets are already in shambles! Yeah, mine too.*
Tournament fever aside, it’s also Global Brain Awareness Week, so I [...]... Read more »
Botzung A, Rubin DC, Miles A, Cabeza R, & Labar KS. (2010) Mental hoop diaries: emotional memories of a college basketball game in rival fans. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 30(6), 2130-7. PMID: 20147540
Without really trying to be, turns out I’m kind of wired for trivia. My brain seems to reserve lots of little nooks and crannies for bits of information that are probably entirely useless to my day-to-day life or career, but man, are they fun to pull out at parties. I can’t tell you why it’s [...]... Read more »
Lappe, C., Herholz, S., Trainor, L., & Pantev, C. (2008) Cortical Plasticity Induced by Short-Term Unimodal and Multimodal Musical Training. Journal of Neuroscience, 28(39), 9632-9639. DOI: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2254-08.2008
Sustainability is all over the news these days. Green this, eco-friendly that, recycle everything, buy the twisty lightbulbs, and “Aren’t you going to compost that?” Much like good compost, sustainability is hot, and it’s finding its way not only into our households, but also into product design. Principles like using low-impact materials, energy efficiency and designing for [...]... Read more »
Rinaldi, A. (2007) Naturally better. Science and technology are looking to nature's successful designs for inspiration. EMBO reports, 8(11), 995-999. DOI: 10.1038/sj.embor.7401107
“Whoa, what is that?” says my coworker, Dan, looking at the brightly colored, squiggly structure on my computer screen I’m flipping and tugging at with clicks of my mouse. “It’s a protein. I’m playing Foldit,” I reply, clicking and dragging on a blue sidechain to eliminate the red spiky “clash” ball between it and another [...]... Read more »
Cooper S, Khatib F, Treuille A, Barbero J, Lee J, Beenen M, Leaver-Fay A, Baker D, Popović Z, & Players F. (2010) Predicting protein structures with a multiplayer online game. Nature, 466(7307), 756-60. PMID: 20686574
There’s likely a percentage of the readers of this blog who, if presented with a photo montage of George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Daniel Craig, Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling and other celebrity heartthrobs, might have to take a moment (or several) just to sit back, breathe deeply and appreciate the view. And who could [...]... Read more »
Rantala, M., Moore, F., Skrinda, I., Krama, T., Kivleniece, I., Kecko, S., & Krams, I. (2012) Evidence for the stress-linked immunocompetence handicap hypothesis in humans. Nature Communications, 694. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms1696
So, picture this: you’re at a friend’s holiday party, full of good cheer. Maybe you have a drink in hand, you’re laughing and catching up with people, swinging regularly by the candlelit dining room table, which is overflowing with the most glorious food: cheeses you can’t pronounce, fancy little appetizers nestled in puff pastry, shrimp [...]... Read more »
Yanovski, J., Yanovski, S., Sovik, K., Nguyen, T., O'Neil, P., & Sebring, N. (2000) A Prospective Study of Holiday Weight Gain. New England Journal of Medicine, 342(12), 861-867. DOI: 10.1056/NEJM200003233421206
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