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January Digest

[ 2 ] January 16, 2010 | Noah Hutton

Articles related to this month’s podcast:

digest_graphicResearchers find like between autism, schizophrenia: Simon Fraser University researchers have found that autism and schizophrenia are both caused by faults in the same set of genes, raising hopes that an effective test or treatment for one may be adapted for use on the other.

On the way to deciphering the brain’s dictionary: By combining brain imaging and machine learning techniques, neuroscientists Marcel Just and Vladimir Cherkassky and computer scientists Tom Mitchell and Sandesh Aryal determined a few basic rules about how the brain arranges noun representations.

Kandinsky symposium explores the artist’s synesthetic condition: On January 13th, the Guggenheim Museum presented an interdisciplinary examination of painting, synesthesia and abstraction from modern to contemporary times.

Other links from around the web:

The Charlie Rose Brain Series – Episode Three: Co-hosted by Eric Kandel, the series takes on “The Acting Brain,” with guests Daniel Wolpert (Univ. Cambridge), John Krakauer (Columbia), Tom Jessell (Columbia) and Robert Brown (U Mass).

Edge Interview with Alva Noe on Consciousness: The cognitive philosopher, following ideas presented in his book “Out of our Heads,” discusses his theories about consciousness, and makes interesting analogies to dance.

Robert Sapolsky gives a brilliant lecture at Stanford: The neurobiologist and primatologist discusses “The Uniqueness of Humans” in this video.

Scientists create working memory in isolated brain tissue: Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are the first to create stimulus-specific sustained activity patterns in brain circuits maintained in vitro.

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  1. Salhi says:

    I spent most of the afternoon lestining to parts 1 and 2 of the podcast, I must say that it was very entertaining to say the least.I have been lestining off and on for the past 20 some years and this conversation brought up a lot of fond memories.Thank you

  2. Luciana says:

    Katie, Wow, you covered a lot of info in this podacst. I loved hearing your listeners voices.I wanted to give you some insight on the Pfaff machines. I have the quilt expression 4.0. I can be quite persnickety about thread and needles. It has problems with free motion quilting; you can’t go too fast and a single hole needle plate is a must (for everything you use a straight stitch for). You can buy a free-motion/darning foot that does help. Regarding the IDT: It is great for piecing but falls short to substitute for a walking foot for quilting. If you look at it you see that it has only a very small area of teeth right behind the needle. A walking foot has teeth on both sides of the needle. There is not a separate walking foot to add. I just wanted to let you know what I’ve learned by using this machine. Overall it is a good machine.The day that someone makes a sewing machine that has everything I want and nothing I don’t want is the day I’ll spend some real money on a machine.Also, my dealer has been very helpful in solving my issues; tips, tricks, free single hole plate .. I highly recommend going through a reputable dealer.Thanks again for the podacst and I hope you make it back to Denver someday. Thanks for the compliments about our drivers!

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