2004-02-14 Spike activity

Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news:

Cocaine use increases stroke risk in young people reports Science News. Risk of being a giant knob-end already well established.

The New York Times has an interesting piece on how musical hallucinations are giving researchers clues about the workings of the brain.

For the first time, a baby is born to a brain-dead woman kept viable on life-support to be able to give birth. Reported by the Otago Daily Times.

Brain Watch has an excellent explainer on brain death for those wanting some background.

Focussed ultrasound to stimulate the brain. The mighty Neuroskeptic has a look at this new neurostimulatory technique.

New Scientist advises us to fall for a robot to fend off heartache and explores the robot relationship subculture.

A dozen of the craziest romance-related studies ever featured on Seriously Science. Sex apparently burns 3.6 calories a minute. A minute? I barely make 30 seconds.

NHS Choices takes a level-headed look at the ‘male and female brains are different sizes’ story which has gone all shades of wibble-wibble-daft in the media.

The origins of the F-word. A brilliant post from the historians of language at So Long As It’s Words… traces it’s history. Also features John Le Fucker from 1286.


  1. rmgw
    Posted February 16, 2014 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Its….it’s…..let’s keep our standards up, eh?

    • somini
      Posted February 16, 2014 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

      Its title is actually “it’s”

  2. M
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    The human brain is fascinating, eh? I was intrigued at the article about musical hallucinations. I’ve read before about the seratonin kick we receive from correctly predicting a musical sequence (pop music gives us a disproportional amount of seratonin – even if we profess not to like it). By the same coin, it’s fascinating to know that the brain’s same desire to predict patterns in noise can produce musical hallucinations among those with hearing impairments.

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