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I'm a researcher in neuroendocrinology

I'm interested in all that regards pattern recognition, time series analysis, rhythms etc.

My current research focuses in the exploration and modulation of the neuro-endocrine patterns that contribute to the generation of hormone pulsatility.


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comment What does pain look like in wave form?
What is important is the sequence of action potentials. I would suggest reading about temporal coding and rate coding as a start. For instance a (very lightweight) introduction can be found on Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neural_coding Also, note that much of it is how we INTERPRET a certain neuronal signal; our brain is easily fooled! For instance, when eating spicy food we perceive it as "hot", even if it is not at high temperature. This is because the receptors mediating the "hot" sensation are the same for spice and temperature.
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comment Patch-Clamping Neurons Resources
@ChrisStronks well, the question is on hold now...
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comment Why do I only breathe out of one nostril?
hmmmm.... I don't really buy the smell part. The nasal cycle lasts 2-3 hour, which seems to long to account for desensitization to smell...
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comment Life without DNA?
Also: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22798070
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comment Life without DNA?
@woliveirajr the original papers can be found here: GFAJ-1 Is an Arsenate-Resistant, Phosphate-Dependent Organism and Absence of Detectable Arsenate in DNA from Arsenate-Grown GFAJ-1 Cells. However, I wouldn't go as far as saying they "debunked" the study, just gave better explanation for their results (i.e. applied the scientific method).
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
Although what you say is correct, remember that mounting, especially if using specific microscopy mounting media increases the quality of the image. See for instance: microbehunter.com/…
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comment Is pork poisonous?
@WYSIWYG: good point. Taenia can be quite problematic especially in poor countries where it is more prevalent.
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
obviously there are many factors to consider. I wouldn't spend 2000 euros on a microscope if I just want to give it a try... better to start with a cheap one and see whether you like it, then move on if you really want to get serious. Unfortunately there are certain microscopes you just cannot afford to buy, but then get a job in an imaging lab if you want to play with those toys! It's lots of fun!
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comment What kind of microscope for ML/biological research?
I have mixed feeling about this. Sure, you can see stuff with a small microscope, but sometimes you want crisper images than those you posted (and maybe with less fringing). But I am probably spoiled by using expensive scopes :P
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