Category Archives: News and Opinion

Fishes on Facebook; or Social Science Media

Facebook, scourge or savior? Love it or hate it, Facebook is pervasive and arguably pretty useful. Most recently though, the social network has made its way into the world of scientific research. Science mag recently published a story about a … Continue reading

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Cells in your ears beat to it.

Following up on my previous post about inner hair cells in the ear, I wanted to share this video. It’s of an outter hair cell, and the particulars are in the link, but the long and short is that these … Continue reading

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How the Coming Data Deluge Will Reshape Neuroscience

And connectomics said, “Apres moi, le deluge.” Neuroscience is on the brink of a revolution. A brain, fully reconstructed on the cellular scale, is the end goal of a newborn field called connectomics and although we are a long way … Continue reading

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Canadian National Research Council Shifting for the Worse

This article from Nature News reports that the NRC is moving even further away from basic research. The Research Council, which was already leaning more toward the industry side of things, announced that it will be taking an additional 20% … Continue reading

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Going Backwards on the Road to Freedom of Knowledge?

Kent Anderson, CEO/Publisher of the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and Editor in Cheif of the Scholarly Kitchen,  tells me that since abstracts seem to be the main content that reaches the scientific audience these days, the publishing industry needs to start … Continue reading

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Neuroskeptic on todays scientific process

I can’t decide whether this is insensitive or just extremely accurate, but regardless it’s a fitting allegory. Point number 1 is more accurate than you think, lots of great ideas come out of drunken nights and caffeine-jittered minds.

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The Naive Observer Grand Opening

Welcome all to the Naive Observer. In the next couple weeks I’m going to squeeze a lot into a short period of time. Hopefully by doing that I’ll give you a relatively comprehensive impression of what I want to do … Continue reading

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Is a mouse a cow?

I hope that with my last post I convinced some of you that rodents and humans are different. In fact, believe it or not, most species are different. To push that concept a little further, I quote here the title of the … Continue reading

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Mouse Libido = Human Libido?

No! Right? Maybe some sociobiologists would argue that they obey the same basic rules, but no, not the same.  Not so fast though – anyone who has had to defend their mouse research against doubts about its relevance will tell … Continue reading

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Neuronscientific Art Repost

Here’s an old post of mine from BrainBlog, Montreal Brain Awareness’ student run blog. Having spent a good chunk of time staring down a microscope I’ve become a big fan of neuron aesthetic. I think you’ll agree that, in the … Continue reading

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