Music in the time of hearing loss

by Amrita Anand Ludwig van Beethoven’s symphonies are celebrated masterpieces of Western classical music. But, did you know that he composed several of them while suffering from severe hearing impairment? Beethoven’s sad predicament is by no means an isolated case: many acclaimed modern day musicians, including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, suffer from hearing loss. … Continue reading Music in the time of hearing loss

A Soupçon of SciComm with Vivek Nityananda on stereo vision in Praying Mantis

Praying Mantis (Photograph by Patrick Kavanagh)   Who are you and what do you do? I am Vivek Nityananda, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Newcastle University where I  am affiliated with the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution. The main focus of my research is on how animals use their senses and cognition and how that links … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Vivek Nityananda on stereo vision in Praying Mantis

A Soupçon of SciComm with Deeptha Vasudevan

Deeptha thinks Zebrafish are the coolest fish in the world. Probably even the coolest animal ever? Do you know why? Listen!   Zebrafish are native to the Himalayan region! The Dorsky Lab at the University of Utah General introduction to Zebrafish and studying their brain - Zebrafish embryogenesis -

A Soupçon of SciComm with Shrinivasan Raghuraman

Shrinivasan Raghuraman studies some really shy animals. But they hunt, taser, harpoon and even suck blood! Want to learn more? Press Play!   Related links - Shrini's work on cone snail toxins and other cellular profiling Baldomero "Toto" Olivera's laboratory A hunting cone snail A net hunting cone snail Vampire snails Artist: All Free … Continue reading A Soupçon of SciComm with Shrinivasan Raghuraman

The Society of Stem Cells

by Arun Mahadevan The human body, in all its marvelous complexity, develops from a single cell – a fertilized egg. Ponder over that for a minute. The trillions of cells in your body – those in your brain that give rise to your identity, those in your heart that pump blood to the rest of … Continue reading The Society of Stem Cells

Lifting the veil off a strange parasite

While Toxoplasma causes long-lasting infections that resist treatment, research on this neglected parasite promises to unveil new ways to treat malaria. But there is more to this microbe than meets the eye. Listen to our podcast to find out. References: 1. General introduction 2. TORCH member 3. CDC assigned category NPI 4. Early research and establishment as parasite: Ferguson, David JP. … Continue reading Lifting the veil off a strange parasite

Neurobabble – A Debate

The Wire recently published an article by Dr. Sumaiya Shaikh on 'The Cognitive Neuroscience of Lynching'. Not only was it badly written, it had warped neuroscience concepts and highly false claims. I countered the original article with a rebuttal. Dr. Shaikh wrote her replies here. Following this, Dr. Shaikh has refused to engage in any … Continue reading Neurobabble – A Debate

Lighting up the brain

Many separate fields such microbiology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology and neuroscience have intersected to give rise to a new field called Optogenetics. Quite simply, optogenetics involves using genes to help single cells make light sensitive proteins. Widely used in neuroscience, optogenetics has revolutionized the way single and groups of neurons are studied and manipulated in … Continue reading Lighting up the brain

Glue-ing the brain

This article was published in the Science Desk section of You can view it here. In 1898, William Ford Robertson, a Scottish pathologist working in the Royal Edinburgh Asylums published his work on an undescribed group of brain cells. A young man of 32 years, he had been staining brain slices with platinum, palladium … Continue reading Glue-ing the brain