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Apr
18
comment Energy consumption of a resting synapse
Let me first note that forgetting as we know it is more complicated than just pruning of synapses. Yes. You took the comment right out of my mouth.
Apr
18
comment Does breathing air containing 3% carbon dioxide gives you a headache?
Do you have the source? If not, it's hard to know what the number is referring to.
Mar
29
comment What exactly is neuroplasticity, and can it be demonstrated with a simple experiment?
I have voted to close this as a medical advice question due to the "experimentation" aspect, but if you rework it a bit, there are some interesting questions here. Take a look at some of the work done on lateral connections/silent synapses in the motor and sensory cortexes particularly after cerebral infarct or TBI and you should have plenty of fodder for an outstanding and well-researched question.
Mar
29
comment What exactly is neuroplasticity, and can it be demonstrated with a simple experiment?
This is not something you want to be testing in any kind of "home experiment". I agree with @anongoodnurse, your last example is a bit muddled in terms of its reliance on long-term plasticity. Your first sentence has some ring of truth to it, as this phenomenon has been observed in the congenitally blind, for example (see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross_modal_plasticity), but there is no "movement" per se.
Mar
25
comment Why do home-grown fruits tend to taste better than mass-produced consumer fruits?
Your whole question is built on a supposition that hardly anyone can truly prove. Even if you narrowed this down to an objective measure of taste under "organic" versus "non-organic" techniques, it's still driven by opinion.
Mar
13
comment books for beginners in research in mathematical biology
This is far too broad to answer effectively. We don't know anything about which specific areas you are interested in or what your level of ability is, aside from that you haven't had any mathematical modeling coursework. Most books would probably be accessible for someone with a background in ODEs, and I'm sure you've had experience with those.
Feb
14
comment Is brain transplantation possible?
@ChrisStronks Now I think it's too broad, unfortunately. There's a laundry list of assumptions that have to be built into any answer, and so narrowing it down to whether one would want the CNS to be functional, be able to vascularize itself, or to maintain histocompatibility would be helpful, but even bearing that narrowing of the question, this is still really a fanciful idea.
Dec
25
comment Perception of distant lights without glasses
@WYSIWYG I think you're being a bit hasty here. There is an extensive body of literature on the physics (and psychophysics) of vision that can be brought to bear here.
Dec
7
comment Effect of closed eyes on balance?
@Masi Is correct. This is a fairly common neurological test.
Nov
5
comment Food allergen-related skin reactions and intestinal inflammation?
I was not implying they were duplicates, so I apologize if it came across that way.
Nov
5
comment Food allergen-related skin reactions and intestinal inflammation?
It's not the same situation, I realize, but they are two sides of the same coin. I also did it so that the two questions could reference each other in the sidebar --->
Nov
4
comment Food allergen-related skin reactions and intestinal inflammation?
Related: biology.stackexchange.com/questions/14995/…
Nov
2
comment Providing small molecules to cells on a filter plate
Can you elaborate a bit more on why this meets the OP's requirements?
Nov
2
comment How reversible is DAT upregulation from long-term ADHD medication use?
Do they speculate a possible mechanism within the body of the paper? Quoting that would strengthen the answer.
Oct
28
comment For how long can a raven stay airborne (a week or more)?
@terdon I urge you to add that as an answer ;)
Oct
22
comment How non-invasive blood glucose concentration measurement work?
Please don't cross-post your questions.
Oct
21
comment How do kidney cells excrete their own wastes?
Could you describe "if you talking about the areas were the actual waste is dumped" a bit more precisely. This is quite unclear as to what you mean.
Oct
21
comment Is there any research paper which identifies left and right brained behavior?
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doreen_Kimura (who has since passed) had some papers from the 1970s that describe the effect of handedness on audition (so they would cover both of your main points).
Oct
18
comment How do the pharmacodynamics of the NSAIDs differ and are there “resistant” COX phenotypes?
@Masi Thanks for your answer! I meant whether there were differences in fat solubility, etc., between the different drugs.
Oct
18
comment About the plight of Elephants and efforts to conserve them?
I don't think this is really answerable one way or the other. Poachers may not look carefully enough to see what they are aiming at, or worse, the yellow horn might attract more predators. Failing that anyone's actually studied this issue, the answers are just going to be a matter of opinion.