Welcome to the second edition of The Synapse, the new neuroscience carnival.
This time, you have a puzzle to solve. Next to each entry, there is an image depicting the structural formula of a neurotransmitter, neurohormone or neuromodulator. Your job is to figure out what they are and leave the answers in the comments (or in your own posts that link to this edition). If I have managed to figure out MovableType by now, you should be able to click on images to enlarge.
Watch out – not everything is mammalian, or even vertebrate neurochemistry! The winner – whoever is the first to correctly identify all ten compounds – will be highlighted first and with an extra post, when I host Encephalon, the other neurocarnival, later this Fall on November 6th. Some answers are easy but some are hard, so this exam is open book. Bonus points for extra precision, e.g., getting the exact variant if there are multiple possibilities.
So, let’s begin:
4. Robots that see and hear are nothing new, but researchers are now developing machines that can distinguish and identify odors. Joe Kissell of Interesting Thing of the Day has more in Robots that Smell: Interesting Thing of the Day
9. The Neurocritic serendipitously wrote Are You Conscious of Your Precuneus? just days before the big news hit. So, it was easy to follow up with The Precuneus and Recovery From a Minimally Conscious State.
10. Evil Monkey of Neurotopia spans neuroscience from perception – Nobody Expects the Spanish… err, a Chick in an Ape Suit to medical molecular biology – SIRT1 Pathways and the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Pathology
I will post correct quiz answers right here once someone gets them all correct or in 48 hours, whichever comes first.