I definitely see a spin-off: “The (Further) Adventures of Hippie the Hippocampus.”
There’s plenty of material for one! And that’s just counting the stuff we think we know — so much of it is still the subject of active research. I won’t even begin to scratch the surface here.
The seahorse, from the GREEK hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning “sea monster”
Greek Nathan, it’s GREEK!
BLAST! If it had been spelled “hippokampos” I would have gotten it right. Stupid Latin and its “c”s and “us”es confusing me.
It’s a common mistake. Many of the words we’ve borrowed from Greek come to us by way of Latin and get “Latinized” along the way – e.g. the Greek κ gets transformed into a Latin c and the Greek -ος case ending gets transformed into the Latin -us case ending – so they’re often mistaken for Latin words. That’s why so many people mistakenly pluralize “octopus” as “octopi”.
A truly insufferable pedant (like myself!) would insist upon “Octopodes”.
And someone who just wants to start an argument would reply “it’s an English word — and has been since, like, forever — and so the proper plural is ‘octopuses’ and in fact that is the usage that is insisted upon in most English-language scientific journals. So nyah.”
But I don’t want to start an argument. (Heavens forfend!) So you didn’t hear it from me.
Have you seen the Ramirez paper on creating a false memory in mice by activating specific neurons? They detected the set of neurons that remember a particular context, and activated them during “fear conditioning” in a different context. The mouse then reacted to the original context as though it were getting shocked there.
huh. Didn’t they also do that in the Hunger Games to Peeta?
Yes, it’s very cool! And researchers have done some very cool stuff in the opposite direction as well… but I’ll be getting to both things in a few more pages, so I won’t say more here. No spoilers!
Remember, kids: Hippie the Hippocampus says that the stuff you learn in school isn’t worth remembering! Go eat ice cream instead!
Did you…. forget about us? :-)
Remember, Nathan has a real job too.
And on top of that, he’s a lawyer.
Been busy with end-of-year stuff, kids, and Christmas. I should have a page or two up this weekend, though!
By the way, I like how the webpage is snowing. Very festive!