Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Natalie Portman, cognitive neuroscientist


Natalie Portman is best known for her roles in Hollywood movies like Star Wars, Cold Mountain and V for Vendetta. What is less known is that she was co-author of a scientific paper on the neuroscience of child development. This is about her research.


Source: Natalie Portman, cognitive neuroscientist
Originally published on Mon, 18 Jun 2007 22:03:54 GMT by vaughan (vaughan@backspace.org)


Very cool! Not too long ago, relatively speaking, Danica McKellar had coauthored a math proof. I find it interesting that these people better known for acting are also in science. Maybe this will break down some stereotypes about scientists. I realize that people in the hard sciences need a creative streak - I have seen it first hand. Many play instruments, draw or even write poetry.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Well, I did not die

It has been awhile since I entered anything here. I have been trying to get back into something the resembles my usual routine with no real luck. Add onto that another dead laptop and you get no blogging for a wee bit.

Today I was out and about Geocaching, which has been taking up more of my time that I should allow it. I am very close to getting my goal of 400 caches this year, so I have upped my goal to 600. Last time I checked, I was about 30 caches behind my total number of finds last year and we still have 6 or so months left in the year. This year I am going after some caches that require more walking, but I am still going to be doing some 'number runs', particularly at Midwest Geobash. Even melting at Geowoodstock 5 I was able to get 20 or so caches for the weekend.

I have been getting back into walking, although not every day. I did cut my goal back to 600 miles, although at this rate that will still be tough to get.  I am getting somewhat better at it, but I still have trouble getting out every day.

The biggest change of late is that I signed back up for tai chi. I have not been to a class in over a year due to various schedule issues. I can tell too, I do not sleep right and the stress level is higher than normal. I am sure that I will be a walking muscle cramp after the first class or two, but I will get into the swing of it.

Well, better wrap this up now. I am currently doing laundry at a laundromat and the laptop battery is looking a little low. Hopefully in the next week or two I can get a dryer and start doing laundry at home again.