Rational reductionist approaches to the neural basis for beauty run a similar risk of pushing the round block of beauty into the square hole of science and may well distill out the very thing one wants to understand.
by Bevil Conway and Alexander Rehding in PLoS Biology. (via
posted by nangar
on Mar 29, 2013 -
More evidence of brain plasticity:
Some blind people are able to use echolocation to perceive space and objects around them in surprising detail, even though the time differences in echoes necessary to do this are two small to be consciously perceived. An fMRI study by Lore Thaler, Stephen Arnott and Melvyn Goodale revealed that people who are especially adept at this use their calcarine cortex (a.k.a. V1 or primary visual cortex) to process spatial information from the echoes.
The original paper. A shorter discussion.
posted by nangar
on Jun 20, 2011 -
Ever since the Women's Health Initiative
published data showing increased risk and little benefit
with post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy it has become more controversial and the FDA now recommends
using the lowest dose possible for the shortest time, if using it at all. Why was HRT so popular in the first place? It now appears one reason was that what appeared to be legitimate articles in peer reviewed journals were actually ghostwritten by drug companies. [more inside]
posted by TedW
on Sep 24, 2010 -
For a little welcome diversion from your political, financial, climatological and other worries, how about orificial hirudiniasis? Here's a new species of nose-dwelling leech
. Its ancestors may gave lived in Tyrannosaurus rex
noses but our new friend here will be perfectly happy in yours. (The linked fulltext research paper is from the Public Library of Science's flagship peer-reviewed online journal PLoS ONE, but it's the Beeb's notice that has the absolutely OMG EWW pix.)
Nature is so cool.
posted by jfuller
on Apr 15, 2010 -
The Public Library of Science
has been getting some good press lately. An Editorial
at the Sacramento Bee, The New Scientist
, Washington Post
and The Boston Globe
, have all written up The PLoS, the organization founded by a Nobel Prize-winning biologist and two colleagues, is plotting the overthrow of the system by which scientific results are made known to the world -- a $9 billion publishing juggernaut with subscription charges that range into thousands of dollars per year.
They are committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. Check it out at publiclibraryofscience.org
posted by Blake
on Aug 19, 2003 -