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How we remember: The intriguing case of HM

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Robert Gooding-Townsend, Science in Society co-editor HM is not, as you might think, a clothing store. He is instead one […]

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Your Project is Good Enough for a Talk: Green Chile Edition

Just shy of 2 years ago I wrote a post about the gender breakdown of speakers in the dinosaur sessions at the SVP annual meeting. In 2016, out of the 28 dinosaur talks that I considered, only 2 were presented by women. How did we fare this year in Albuquerque? (I’m going to break up … Continue reading Your Project is Good Enough for a Talk: Green Chile Edition

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Early tetrapod feeding

Well, I’ve managed to fail at my scicomm resolution for the year, which was to write at least one blog post a month. I missed out on September, but I’m back on it in October with an update on what I’ve been up to in the past few months. As some of you know, I’ve been spending a lot of the past year since finishing my PhD working off-and-on in an arthritis research lab, looking…

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Café Scientifique Vancouver (Canada) talk on October 30th, 2018: Solving some of Canada’s grandest challenges with synthetic biology

From an October 16, 2018 Café Scientifique Vancouver announcement (received via email), Our next café will happen on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30TH at 7:30PM in the back room at YAGGER’S DOWNTOWN (433 W Pender). Our speaker for the evening will be DR. VIKRAMADITYA G. YADAV. His topic will be: SOLVING SOME OF CANADA’S GRANDEST CHALLENGES WITH SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY A warming climate, unrepressed mining and logging, contamination of our water resources, the uncertain price and tight supply…

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Une étude sur la réaction du cerveau à l’isolement social va à l’encontre de cette pratique dans les prisons

Le nombre d’études fascinantes que je vois passer en sciences cognitives dépassant de loin ma capacité à en parler sur ce blogue, j’ai toujours une longue « liste d’attente » de sujets potentiels dans un fichier. Il n’est pas rare alors qu’un sujet d’actualité vu ou entendu dans les médias s’aligne parfaitement avec l’une de ces études en attente de diffusion et la sorte ainsi de l’ombre. C’est le cas cette semaine, avec comme élément…

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Une étude sur la réaction du cerveau à l’isolement social va à l’encontre de cette pratique dans les prisons

Le nombre d’études fascinantes que je vois passer en sciences cognitives dépassant de loin ma capacité à en parler sur ce blogue, j’ai toujours une longue « liste d’attente » de sujets potentiels dans un fichier. Il n’est pas rare alors qu’un sujet d’actualité vu ou entendu dans les médias s’aligne parfaitement avec l’une de ces études en attente de diffusion et la sorte ainsi de l’ombre. C’est le cas cette semaine, avec comme élément…

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Brain Talks: Epigenetics and Early Life Experiences on October 22, 2018 in Vancouver (Canada)

An October 3, 2018 announcement arrived from the Brain Talks folks (Vancouver, Canada) in my email box, BrainTalks: Epigenetics and Early Life Experiences Monday, October 22, 2018 from 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM Join us on Monday, October 22nd for a talk on Epigenetics and Early Life Experiences. We are honoured to host three phenomenal presenters for the evening: Dr. Michael Kobor, Dr. Liisa Galea, and Dr. Adele Diamond. Dr. Michael Kobor is a senior…

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Crowdsourcing brain research at Princeton University to discover 6 new neuron types

Spritely music! There were already 1/4M registered players as of May 17, 2018 but I’m sure there’s room for more should you be inspired. A May 17, 2018 Princeton University news release (also on EurekAlert) reveals more about the game and about the neurons, With the help of a quarter-million video game players, Princeton researchers have created and shared detailed maps of more than 1,000 neurons — and they’re just getting started. “Working with Eyewirers…

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This is Your Brain on Cannabis

Confession: I recently tried cannabis for the very first time. My back had been in spasm for five days – five days in which I’d levelled up from hot baths and ibuprofen to prescription anti-inflammatories to prescription narcotics, without even the slightest improvement. I had three days more days to go before I could get in to see a therapist, so in desperation, I tried the pot. Why had I waited until I was 40 to…

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