It would be awesome recapture my blogs posts of the decade, but quite honestly, I didn’t even have access to the Internet at the beginning of the decade; I was in ninth grade and my family had a Windows 95 operating system on which I typed all my homework assignments and college essays throughout high school. My Internet depravity throughout high school most likely explains my subsequent addiction to instant messenger and participation in online forums during college.
Anyways, below is, at the very least, a month-by-month review of 2010 posts featuring recent progress in neuroscience, sleep medicine, circadian rhythms, drug abuse and/or just otherwise ill science. And some of my favorite videos accompanying the text as well.
Oh, I should also mention that I received my official yearly stats from WordPress stating that my blog was viewed 58,0000 times this year. Woo hoo! So thank you to all my readers. And to reciprocate this generosity, please send me a link to your blog so that I can add it to my Google Reader of science/cool blogs.
January—- I blogged 29 times (see what can be accomplished when your significant other is out-of-town?!!! No offense, montegraphia.). Two notable topics blogged about during this month of fracking freezing, snowy weather were 1) the effects of long-term hypoxia on apoptosis, immune and stress responses, adipocyte quantities, and go figure, prevalence of sleep apnea!; and 2) Israeli scientists revisited the Mozart effect and discovered that enabling babies in utero to listen to Western classical music caused energy expenditure to be reduced, and weight gain to be increased, resulting in the birth of a healthier baby. Lastly, I wrote a manifesto, if you will, comparing the Chinese yin and yang to sleep and wake phenomena, respectively.
February—I blogged 16 times (montegraphia had returned from Costa Rica) and my favorites were: 1) Men love badonkadonks as observed in an MRI study finding activation of reward processing centers in men who were presented with pictures of women with the “perfect” hip to waist ratio of 0.7; and 2) exercise science of the Winter Olympics that truly encapsulated the vigor and athleticism of the participants.
And a notable video was: Pinky’s Brain Song
March—-I blogged 14 times. The best included a report of an individual with depleted levels of both serotonin and dopamine manifest from a common by-product, sepiapterin reductase, who had difficulty staying awake (hypersomnia), overate (hyperphagia), and had cognitive deficits as well. Also, there was a report in the Journal of Neuroscience that investigated which brain centers are activated while watching an emotionally-charged sporting event such as the famous UNC vs Duke b-ball game (appropriate timing of the article’s publication too given the advent of March Madness).
April–I blogged 11 times (I was also in the Dominican Republic the first week of April). I reported about floppy eyelid syndrome and of course, about the deleterious effects of THC on sleep (and some really cool software) on 4/20.
May—I blogged 12 times. Highlights include a study showing that anabolic steroids act on GABA receptors in the medial preoptic area of the brain to exert its debilitating effects on reproductive organ function (and size), the development of drowsy driving detection software at Mercedes-Benz, and recap of the biennial Society for Research on Biological Rhythms Meeting in Sandestin, Florida.
June–I blogged 12 times mainly about recent progress in sleep and alcohol research as reported at the annual SLEEP and Research Society on Alcoholism meetings, which were both held in San Antonio this year!!
July–I blogged 11 times. My favorite posts included the use of MRI technology to detect referee bias during major soccer tournaments such as this year’s World Cup, the dissociation between gonadal and sex influences on drug wanting and drug seeking, and the disruptive effects of pot on photic phase-resetting of behavioral circadian rhythms.
This video made by some Berkeley students was also cool:
August–I blogged 14 times. I talked about science on South Park (definitely watch the hilarious video clips attached to this post), how sleep deprivation affects moral fiber, how the wi-fi ban in Canadian school districts is mis appropriately attributed to the “harmful” effects of low-emitting wi-fi radiation waves on brain development (and not sleep deprivation caused by nighttime entertainment), and why alcoholism is so fracking difficult to treat.
September—I blogged 11 times. This month, I took a trip to Paris to attend the International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism conference and I blogged about an article that was able to detect accurate circadian clock gene expression rhythms in individuals subjected to rotating shift work!!!
October—I blogged 12 times. My favorite posts include brain desensitization to long-term consumption of rewardingly high fat, high sugar foods, which provided us a novel model of weight gain and obesity, the enhancement of word lexicons through increases of quality sleep and sleep spindles, and new direction by the NFL in addressing legal tackles in order to reduce risks of severe concussions and long-term neurological impairments.
I also found a video of the Spanish Siesta Competition (which apparently violated a copyright agreement).
November—I blogged 13 times. During this month, I was selected once again to be an official Neuroblogger on Neuroendocrinology of the Society for Neurocience meeting held in San Diego, CA. I also posted about a recent study finding that chronic jet lag increased proinfammatory responses and mortality rates.
I also posted a freakin awesome video of some daredevil zipline stunts with a posing question of , “What type of brain does it take to do this?”:
And lastly, in December, I blogged a dismal 9 times about circadian and metabolic pathologies and topics related to sociobiology.
New Year’s resolutions in 2011 include more posts, more viewers, and of course, more sexy science!