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Large scale, open neuroscience is a work-in-progress

The International Brain Lab (IBL) project has an outstanding team of PIs, covering both theory and experiments. The measurements themselves are interesting, and can lead to important insights. However, what is most distinctive is the organization of the project. The experimental labs will all train mice to perform the same task, and each lab will



Bias – Good people aren’t good enough

This is a bit off topic, but it’s my blog, so I’ll allow it. A brief note on bias: It’s not good enough to be a good person. Bias can be like an optical illusion. It’s something your brain does despite your best intentions. You have to actively address your biases. Don’t trust yourself to



EasyEDA update – online circuit design

We posted about EasyEDA years ago. They’re going strong. They’ve updated the software, and added an online, free Gerber viewer. They’ve also branched out and sell components.



New online forum for Labrigger

Here are the new Labrigger forums, running on Discourse. Background: Justin Kiggins asked about having a Slack channel for Labrigger. The poll indicated majority support, so we agreed to set it up. Alexander Chamessian suggested using Discourse instead of Slack, we investigated and found it was cheaper and had better organization for this type of



Labrigger on Twitter

FYI: Labrigger also has a Twitter feed, which has content that doesn’t show up on this web page.



Optical Revolution meeting, Sept 6-10, Woods Hole

The 71st Annual Symposium of General Physiologists is entitled “The Optical Revolution in Physiology: from Membrane to Brain“. It features some great scientists including: Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz, Atsushi Miyawaki, Eric Betzig, Vivian Gradinaru, Na Ji, and more. It will be held September 6-10, 2017, at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. The early deadline



March for Science – Apr 22

OSA – Optical Society of America SfN – Society for Neuroscience March for Science



Nature is diluting their brand

From MIT. Hat tip to J.S. More print-outs: Flyer in the Physics building Kawaii psychophysics



Pre-preprint: blogging a project

SLAB is trying something new with one project in the lab. Prior to drafting a preprint, we’re blogging the project and sharing the results and analysis. We invite anyone to comment on the work.



Allen Institute’s Brain Observatory data set

The Allen Institute has released the first set of data from their Brain Observatory project. Many of you already know about this, but I wanted to post about it to encourage people to take a bit of time to check out the data set themselves. They have a github page with materials that can help



SLAB is hiring postdocs – neurobiologists and engineers

Just a reminder to anyone looking for a postdoc position: check out the “Now Hiring” link above. We’re looking for people who are pure neurobiologists, pure engineers, or any mixture of the two. Graduate students that are interested in the lab are also encouraged to contact us, especially if they might be graduating soon. We



H.G. Wells and tissue clearing

This passage from H. G. Wells’ The Invisible Man (1897) is an interesting way to introduce the concept of index-matching for tissue clearing. By making sure all of the material interfaces (e.g., lipids, intracellular solutions, and extracellular solution) have the same index-of-refraction, one can render a body transparent. And here is another fact you will



Postdoc opening in Paris, Schmidt-Hieber lab

Christoph Schmidt-Hieber’s new lab at the Pasteur in Paris will open later this year and he has an opening for a postdoc to study neural circuits for navigation and memory. Labrigger has covered Christoph’s open source work before, on mouse VR and electrophysiology. Here is a link to that part of his web page.



Postdoc position with Duguid in Edinburgh

A world-class in vivo patch clamp electrophysiologist, Ian Duguid, is recruiting to his lab. Ian provides excellent training, and his lab is in a tremendous setting: Edinburgh. Ian’s also one of the current leaders of the famous CSHL Ion Channels course. By the way, his web site also has some interesting machine drawings and other



Meeting in Belgium on Read-Modify-Write Neural Circuitry

Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders is having its annual Neurotechnology Symposium May 2nd and 3rd, 2016 in Leuven, Belgium. This year the focus is on “Read- Modify- Write” technologies for interfacing with neural circuits. Confirmed Speakers: Dora Angelaki, Baylor College of Medicine, U.S.A. Polina Anikeeva, MIT, U.S.A. Antal Berényi, University of Szeged, Hungary Megan R. Carey, Champalimaud