November 2009 Blog Posts (4)

Open Lab 2009: Nominations close 1 December 2009

Probably many of you know about the Open Lab anthology of the best science writing on blogs. Even if you know about the anthology, you may have forgotten that the annual submission deadline is looming large: 1 December 2009 is your last chance to nominate posts.

If you'd like to know more, head… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on November 18, 2009 at 3:54am — No Comments

The small brain of the biggest fish in the world

[Reposted from NeuroDojo.]

“We’re going to have some problems getting this under the microscope...”

There are just times you’d like to be a fly on the wall when certain science projects are being planned. I can’t quite imagine the conversations that led up to this paper. “Let’s look at the brain of the biggest fish in the world.” (I suppose the fish start small and… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on November 9, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Brain Paperweights or Other Objects

In case anyone else is interested (or as geeky as I am). Here is a very simple protocol for making a paperweight (etc) with an extra brain that is not going to be used for research. I will upload some pictures so that you can see what they look like when they are finished.

Materials: brain, 100% ethanol, clear casting resin and hardener (available at most hardware stores), mold (can be any shape you like or you could make your own – I used plastic rectangular molds used for… Continue

Added by Adam K Dewan on November 8, 2009 at 8:12am — 2 Comments

Let your neurons relax, the predators are gone!

[Reposted from my main blog, NeuroDojo. The post there has pictures.]

Predators eat prey. Prey, over time, evolve features to evade predators. But what happens when predators go away?

This paper by Fullard and colleagues is almost a perfect storm of topics that I’ve talked about several times before on my NeuroDojo blog. We got crickets, we got bats, we got reverse… Continue

Added by Zen Faulkes on November 6, 2009 at 7:54am — No Comments

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