Live Calcium Imaging in Freely Moving Subjects: The Dark Ages of Neuroscience?

In 2011 Mark Schnitzer’s Lab in Stanford came up with a brilliant technology: a miniaturized integrated microscope that can be implanted on a mouse head (read the paper here) to observe cell activity while the mouse is free to move around and perform behavioral tasks. This technology is now available thanks to Inscopix, Doric, and more …

 

Running and Pain

After more than 16 years of inactivity I’ve finally decided to do something about my health! I’ve started running (or jogging – read more about the putative differences between running and jogging). I’m following a strict schedule with the intention to -eventually- train for triathlon :-O … you know what they say: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss you’ll more …

 

Colors of War: the Sky is Gone from Aleppo’s Pictures

The sky is a fundamental part of many landscape pictures. The sky, in particular a blue, open sky and its blueness are usually synonyms of happiness, freedom, oxygen, deep breath and lightness. According to Color Wheel Pro: Blue is the color of the sky and sea. It is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, more …

 

Mental model of USA geography

As a small-town european kid not very interested in geography, this is what the US geography (biased by movies/comics) looked like in my mind: New York was sitting in the center of this circle and Los Angeles was to be found somewhere along the circumference (preferably on the west side of the circle). With time (and more …

 

Hubbian, SfN and the Infamous Cease & Desist

AKA: How we pissed off the most important neuroscience conference in the world The annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is amazing: fresh content, amazing speakers, a galaxy of satellite meetings, social events and neuro-twitter VIPs social gatherings (sfn banter). However, the program is HUGE and finding the right stuff (abstracts, events, people …) is a daunting task that more …

 

Brain tissue and color-depth

The Amygdala The neurons of the central nucleus of the Amygdala fire whenever we experience fear.   The Hippocampus The neurons of the CA1 field of the hippocampus help us find our way (e.g. spatial navigation… but they do much more than this!) Do neurons come in different colours? Neurons are not colourful. they appear grey/white-ish under a regular more …

 

Beyond the horrific 3d bar plot

A fundamental skill that every scientist must possess is the ability to thrash other people’s work (AKA peer review). So today I’ll be thrashing a plot I found in the annual report of the University of Toronto’s Collaborative Program In Neuroscience (CPIN). CPIN plots the distribution of students across the afferent institutes using the dreadful 3D bar more …

 

Life is too short

Indeed, life is too short! I don’t have the time to curate my “made-from-scratch” blog so… back to WordPress! – – updating the content right now… Both the blog and the portfolio will be merged in this website. I will miss the level of control and the seamless dance between Python / Javascript / HTML / CSS / more …

 

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