Saturday, November 26, 2011


Yesterday, I experienced a human feeling often associated with something negative, the worst sensations in human behavior: ANGER, well in fact it was almost king of RAGE. The reasons, of course are personal, however, this event has make me reflect on the nature of anger, according to Jezova et al., (1995) rage occurs when oxytocin, vasopressin, and corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) are rapidly released from the hypothalamus. This results in the pituitary gland producing and releasing large amounts of the adrenocorticotropic hormone, which causes the adrenal cortex to release corticosteroids. The most amazing thing that I found was that oxytocin and vasopressin were related to anger, if oxytocin is mostly of the times called the "love hormone" and vasopressin, which is related to increase the blood pressure (now I realize, why I felt that my blood was boilling meanwhile I was playing my "rage-scene" (not-proud)), but related too, like CRH, to human behavior... so... Is this anger or rage, natural or common in human beings? Or is another i-dont-like inheritance of our pre-humans ancesters which we try to avoid?

I don't know, maybe is a non-desirable feeling, but... In fact is a feeling, that make us humans, am I right? Is like happiness and sadness... no?

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
Mark Twain

Anger is one of the sinews of the soul.
Thomas Fuller

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Finalmente... ¿indignados mexicanos???

Hoy en la mañana me sorprendió ver por primera vez una protesta física en el Congreso del Estado contra el endeudamiento de Coahuila, y en cierta manera en contra de la clase política mexicana... y a parte con máscaras de Guy Fawkes.

De acuerdo a las noticias, estos indignados son artístas locales, antitaurinos y estudiantes, los cuales protestaron en contra del endeudamiento del estado, el incremento de los impuestos y las corridas de toros.

Me pregunto si algún día llegaremos a ver un "Occupy Bolsa Mexicana de Valores"

Por cierto, a la gente que está en favor de las corridas de toros: eso NO ES ARTE, NO ES CULTURA.

A todos los demás... disminuyamos o eliminemos nuestros consumos de carne (esas tambien son vidas).

Monday, November 7, 2011

Madame Curie

Joyeux 144eme Anniversaire, Madame Curie¡¡¡

Como estudiante, la vida de Marie Curie siempre me ha parecido fascinante, si no hubiera existido Marie Lavoissiere, consideraría llamarle la Madre de la Química a esta polaco-francesa, doble ganadora del Nobel, primera profesora de la Soborna en París, con motivo de su cumpleaños, quiero postear estos dos artículos que ví en el NYT ayer, el primero, muy interesante (algo que ya hemos comentado en el Lab) sobre el desinterés del estudio de las Ciencias Exactas; y los otros dos, sobre el rol de la mujer en la ciencia (que mejor manera de honrar a Madame Curie) y el status de ésta (donde éstan las mujeres en la Ciencia), por increible que parezca, jejeje están enfocadas en la Biología, haber que piensan mis compañeras sobre ésto:

The real 5th of November

Remember, remember the fifth of November,
The gunpowder treason and plot,
I know of no reason
Why the gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot...

Really, this is one of my top 5 movies... V of Vendetta. Why? 'Cause I love dystopias, besides, there's Natalie Portman on it.

But, what many of us didn't know is the true behind the identity of this popular mask ... Guy Fakes... is this guy for real? does he try to blow up the british parliament? The answer for both questions is... YES.

On 5th November 1605 a York man, Guy Fawkes, was discovered about to ignite 36 barrels of gunpowder underneath the Houses of Parliament. His aim was to spark a Catholic revolution.

Fawkes was born in York in 1570, probably at a house in Stonegate. He was baptised in St Michael le Belfrychurch on April 13. His father Edward, a church lawyer and a prominent Protestant in the city, died when Guy was only eight years old.

His mother remarried, to a Catholic, and they moved to the village of Scotton, near Knaresborough. Fawkes’ schooling continued in York, at St Peter’s. His schoolmates included brothers John and Christopher Wright, who were later destined to join the gunpowder plot. Christopher, or ‘Kit’, was the same age as Guy Fawkes.

In the 1570’s and 80’s York was a centre of the Catholic resistance. About the time that Fawkes himself converted he would have been aware of a particularly brutal example of the religion’s suppression. In 1586 Margaret Clitherow was publicly executed for protecting Priests in her home.

As an adult Fawkes inherited property in York, at Gillygate and Clifton. But on his 21st birthday he sold his estate and enlisted in the Catholic Spanish army. He spent his next ten years fighting for Spain, becoming commander of a unit of soldiers and an expert in explosives. In Madrid Fawkes met up again with Kit Wright and they joined a group of conspirators, who together plotted to murder King James and replace him with a Catholic monarch.

The plan was audacious and brutal. The plotters hired a cellar under Parliament and smuggled in the barrels of gunpowder. Fawkes stood guard. It was his role to light the fuse, then head to Flanders to raise forces who would join in the Catholic uprising in England.

After his arrest Guy was tortured. His school-fellows, John and Kit Wright, died in November 1605 when they were caught with other conspirators at Holbeche House in Staffordshire.

Then, in January 1606, Guy Fawkes himself was put to death in Westminster by hanging, drawing and quartering. His remains were sent to the four corners of the Kingdom as a warning to other plotters.

Will there be a real modern Guy Fakes out in our complicated time?