The Flame Challenge invites working scientists to answer a simple question, generated by 11-year-olds, both simply and accurately. Talia Lerner presents her video-based entry, which goes from the physical reality of light, to the biological process of color vision. Plus, there is an adorable hand-drawn bull.Read More
This week on Neurotalk, we speak with Thomas Schwarz about the diversity of potassium channels, the link between mitochondria and Parkinson's disease, what young scientists can learn from Julius Caesar, and more!Read More
Julia Turan answers a question about the language deficits experienced by patients with Broca's and Wernicke's aphasia. Read on to learn whether Wernicke's aphasiacs have difficulty writing, and to see amazing videos of stroke patients with Broca's and Wernicke's aphasia.Read More
The other week, I received a fantastic question from a gentleman named Bill. He wanted to know whether there was any neurological basis in (what is apparently) a common technique for recovering a martial arts practitioner from a knock out induced by a strike to pressure points.
As I've pretty much forgotten everything I ever knew about spinal nerves, I pulled a "Who Wants to be a Millionaire", and phoned (read: emailed) a friend. Well, three friends. One of whom contacted a neurology resident.
Our collective conclusion: the recovery technique is probably BS.Read More
There has been much wringing of hands of late over findings that many scientific findings are proving impossible to reproduce – meaning, they were probably wrong. Coverage in the news, concern expressed by the President's council of scientific advisors, and a call to action by Francis Collins, the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), all suggest that this is a problem that the scientific community needs to understand and address.
In the recent issue of the journal Nature, Francis Collins and Lawrence Tabak (the deputy director of the NIH) outline their plan for improving scientific reproducibility, emphasizing a need for improving experimental design, statistical analysis, and transparency.Read More