An update ... and a cool article

Hey guys. I'm still alive ... and I'm working on a brief "hiatus 'cast," which I hope to release into the wild sometime this weekend. In the meantime, dig this story at CNET's News.com:

Headline: Scientists erase rat's memory

"Scientists at MIT have managed to erase the long-term memories of rats, in a first-ever experiment that could lead to medical treatments for humans, according to a report from the New Scientist.

"In the experiment, neuroscientists from MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory targeted the hippocampus, an area of the brain that's key to forming and maintaining memory. They manipulated synapses in the rat's hippocampus in order to erase long-term memories..."

Yeesh. NEPTH-charge, anyone?