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Neuroscientists discover new mini neural computer in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 28th Oct, 2013 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Dendrites do more than relay information from one neuron to the next. They actively process information, multiplying the brain's computing power.

Vicarious AI breaks CAPTCHA test

Posted in Software on 30th Oct, 2013 04:04 AM
by AlexMuller
Vicarious, a startup developing artificial intelligence software, today announced that its algorithms can now reliably solve modern CAPTCHAs.

Brain-wave analyzing Neurocam only records if you're interested

Posted in Hardware on 1st Nov, 2013 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Now, hands-free loving Japanese folk have come up with a wearable, headset like contraption called the Neurocam that analyzes brain waves to take pictures and video for you.

Speaking more than one language may delay dementia

Posted in Science on 8th Nov, 2013 04:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Speaking more than one language "stimulates your brain all the time," researcher says.

A few years of early musical training benefits the brain later in life

Posted in Science on 9th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Adults who took music lessons as children but haven’t actively played an instrument have a faster brain response to a speech sound.

Fashion Camera Brings Primate Brains To The Internet

Posted in Software on 15th Nov, 2013 02:34 AM
by AlexMuller
How technology built for online shopping democratized primate brain research.

Region of brain responsible for nicotine withdrawal symptoms identified

Posted in Medicine on 16th Nov, 2013 08:20 PM
by AlexMuller
UMMS neuroscientist points at new target to help smokers quit.

A precise new quantitative brain scan measurement method

Posted in Science on 19th Nov, 2013 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Can quantify the volume of specific brain tissues, a critical measurement of the progression of brain diseases.

How Scientists Are Learning To Shape Our Memory

Posted in Science on 26th Nov, 2013 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
The human brain has roughly 100 billion neurons and can store about 2.5 petabytes of information. But where you put your keys last night? The answer is always suspiciously unavailable.

FDA approves brain implant to autonomously respond to epileptic seizures

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2013 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Implants have been used to control Parkinson’s Disease and help quadriplegics move robotic arms. We can now add epilepsy to the list.

Silicon Valley Is Partying Like It’s 1999 Once More

Posted in Business on 30th Nov, 2013 02:18 AM
by AlexMuller
“All business activity is driven by either fear or greed, and in Silicon Valley we’re in a cycle where greed may be on the rise.”

Solving the Neural Code Conundrum: Digital or Analog?

Posted in Science on 1st Dec, 2013 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Physicists have developed a technique that can tell which parts of the brain rely on analog signals and which rely on digital signals.

European Space Agency sets a path for big space science

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 02:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Europe has fixed a broad plan for the big space science missions it will launch over the next two decades.

Men and women's brains are 'wired differently'

Posted in Science on 3rd Dec, 2013 09:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Men and women's brains are connected in different ways which may explain why the sexes excel at certain tasks, say researchers.

Memories are geotagged with spatial information, researchers find

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2013 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Neurons that encode spatial information form “geotags” for specific memories and these geotags are activated immediately before those memories are recalled.

Stomach 'clock' tells us how much to eat

Posted in Medicine on 7th Dec, 2013 03:07 AM
by AlexMuller
"These nerves are responsible for letting the brain know how much food we have eaten and when to stop eating".

A neuroscientist's radical theory of how networks become conscious

Posted in Science on 10th Dec, 2013 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Where does consciousness come from? We know it exists, at least in ourselves. But how it arises from chemistry and electricity in our brains is an unsolved mystery.

How a Concussion Can Lead to Depression Years Later

Posted in Medicine on 10th Dec, 2013 10:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A head injury can lead brain cells to go on "high alert" and overreact to immune challenges by becoming excessively inflammatory, a condition linked with depressive complications.

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

Posted in Science on 16th Dec, 2013 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRI drugs.

Turning back time: ageing reversed in mice

Posted in Medicine on 20th Dec, 2013 01:39 AM
by AlexMuller
The discovery has implications for understanding age-related diseases including cancers, neurodegenerative disorders and diabetes.

Chewing Gum is Often the Culprit for Migraine Headaches in Teens

Posted in Medicine on 21st Dec, 2013 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
87 percent of teens who quit chewing experience significant relief.

Study shows Where Alzheimer's starts and how it spreads

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2013 02:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have clarified three fundamental issues about Alzheimer's: where it starts, why it starts there, and how it spreads.

How we process numbers is revealed in our brain structure

Posted in Medicine on 25th Dec, 2013 01:59 AM
by AlexMuller
For a long time, scientists thought that everyone processed numbers predominantly in a spatial way (low to high numbers visualized as left to right).

Drug Hopes to Delay Onset of Alzheimer's Symptoms With a Monthly Shot in the Arm

Posted in Medicine on 28th Dec, 2013 04:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, even as doctors continue to struggle to find potential treatments for it.

Scientists exploring computers that can learn and adapt like a brain

Posted in Hardware on 30th Dec, 2013 02:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Computer scientists seek new ways to tackle problems that digital computers can’t easily solve.

A good book can rewire your brain

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2013 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
When we immerse ourselves into a work of fiction, lingering changes occur in the connectivity of our brains.

Toward a Molecular Explanation for Schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jan, 2014 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers find inhibition of a basic cellular process may contribute to the mysterious disease.

Vitamin E may delay decline in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted in Medicine on 5th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Vitamin E may slow functional decline; problems with daily activities such as shopping, preparing meals, planning, and traveling.

Epilepsy drug turns out to help adults acquire perfect pitch and learn language like kids

Posted in Science on 7th Jan, 2014 02:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers from across the globe believe they have discovered a means of re-opening “critical periods” in brain development.

Green spaces deliver lasting mental health benefits

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2014 01:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Green space in towns and cities could lead to significant and sustained improvements in mental health.

Creating living brain cells from deceased Alzheimer’s patients biobanked brain tissue

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jan, 2014 12:18 AM
by AlexMuller
New stem cell lines will allow researchers to “turn back the clock” and observe how Alzheimer’s develops in the brain.

Caffeine pill 'could boost memory'

Posted in Medicine on 13th Jan, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A US study has raised the possibility that we may one day rely on caffeine to boost memory as well as to wake up.

SHY Hypothesis Explains That Sleep Is the Price We Pay for Learning

Posted in Science on 13th Jan, 2014 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Why do animals ranging from fruit flies to humans all need to sleep?

Leukemia treatment given shot in the arm by artificial bone marrow development

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2014 01:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A breakthrough in the development of artificial bone marrow which expands the ability to reproduce stem cells in the lab.

Experimental Surgery Aims to Revive a Paralyzed Limb

Posted in Medicine on 15th Jan, 2014 09:33 PM
by AlexMuller
A paralyzed man will receive experimental surgery connecting a brain chip to systems that activate muscles in his arm.

In the blink of an eye

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2014 01:22 AM
by AlexMuller
MIT neuroscientists find the brain can identify images seen for as little as 13 milliseconds.

Autistic People's Sensory Perception is Out of Sync, Study Finds

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Jan, 2014 03:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Doctors have made great strides in accurately describing and diagnosing autism, but its causes remain opaque.

'Placebo Sleep' Can Improve Cognitive Skills

Posted in Medicine on 26th Jan, 2014 11:55 PM
by AlexMuller
If you tell people they slept better than they did, they are likely to perform better on math and word association tests.

Scientists tag brain molecules, watch them become memories

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 04:47 AM
by AlexMuller
As human beings, our memories are part of what make us ourselves. But the process of how memories form in our brains still eludes scientists.

Insect Nervous System Copied to Boost Computing Power

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects’ nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems.

Newly Discovered Brain Region May Be Unique To Humans

Posted in Science on 29th Jan, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The brain region, called the lateral frontal pole prefrontal cortex, was described today in the journal Neuron, and is linked to higher thinking processes.

Natural plant compound prevents Alzheimer’s disease in mice

Posted in Medicine on 1st Feb, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
In experiments on mice that normally develop Alzheimer’s symptoms less than a year after birth, a daily dose of the compound prevented memory and learning impairments.

Study Shows Autistic Brains Create More Information at Rest

Posted in Science on 3rd Feb, 2014 03:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The study offers a scientific explanation for the most typical characteristic of autism, withdrawal into one’s own inner world.

A Simple Test Tells Seniors if Their Memory is Waning

Posted in Medicine on 7th Feb, 2014 05:15 AM
by AlexMuller
With so few treatments for Alzheimer’s, seniors who may be experiencing loss of cognitive function often avoid testing for fear that they may have the dreaded disease.

Strokes: Women sufferers 'have poorer life quality than men'

Posted in Medicine on 9th Feb, 2014 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
The US research, published in Neurology, assessed the mental and physical health of 1,370 patients three months and a year after a stroke.

DARPA’s futuristic brain implant will restore lost memories

Posted in Medicine on 12th Feb, 2014 12:04 AM
by AlexMuller
In case of brain injury, the implant would basically do a system restore, giving those memories back.

First map of core white-matter connections of human brain developed at USC

Posted in Medicine on 13th Feb, 2014 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
The map may help better address clinical challenges such as traumatic brain injury

Growing number of chemicals linked with brain disorders in children

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2014 03:03 AM
by AlexMuller
214 human neurotoxicants now identified, many widely used and disseminated extensively in the global environment.

Fear suppressing neurons found

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2014 01:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have found neurons that prevent mice from forming fearful memories in an area of the brain called the hippocampus.

Cat Bites Are Linked To Depression

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Feb, 2014 12:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found an unusual link between cat bites and depression. More than 41% of those who went to hospitals with cat bites were also treated for depression at some point.

Researchers Show Off Mind Controlled Music Player

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Users of the group’s specially designed music software are able to play a song, fast forward tracks, and adjust the volume by merely looking at the screen.

Most of Us Have Made Best Memories by Age 25

Posted in Science on 24th Feb, 2014 04:42 AM
by AlexMuller
By the time most people are 25, they have made the most important memories of their lives, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.

Could electroconvulsive therapy zap worst nightmares?

Posted in Medicine on 24th Feb, 2014 04:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), long associated with controversial treatment of the mentally ill, can be used to erase memories, Dutch researchers have found.

Brain signals from a primate directly move paralyzed limbs in another primate 'avatar’

Posted in Medicine on 24th Feb, 2014 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Taking brain-machine interfaces (BMI) to the next level, new research may help paralyzed people move their own limb just by thinking about it.

Genetically modified T cells induced complete remissions in advanced leukemia patients

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Mar, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
88 percent achieved complete remissions after being treated with genetically modified versions of their own immune cells.

How to generate new neurons in brains, spinal cords of living adult mammals

Posted in Medicine on 4th Mar, 2014 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Medical researchers have created new nerve cells in the brains and spinal cords of living mammals.

Chris Austin explains how robots could soon replace animals in toxicology testing

Posted in Science on 6th Mar, 2014 02:57 AM
by AlexMuller
A new method for toxicity testing, employing robots, could one day make the need for lab animals obsolete.

Alzheimer’s Kills Six times more than previsously believed

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2014 01:17 AM
by AlexMuller
Alzheimer’s Kills Six times more than previously believed which is as Many People as Cancer and Heart Disease.

Blood test can predict Alzheimer's, say researchers

Posted in Medicine on 9th Mar, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
A blood test can accurately predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to US researchers.

Virtual Reality System Lets You Explore Your Brain in Real-Time

Posted in Software on 15th Mar, 2014 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
What if it were possible to explore your brain in virtual reality, watching your thoughts flashing before your eyes?

Forgetting Is An Actively Controlled Process In The Brain

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2014 01:12 AM
by AlexMuller
A study of genetically-modified roundworms has turned up a protein that is involved in eroding memory.

Lost sleep leads to loss of brain cells, study suggests

Posted in Science on 20th Mar, 2014 04:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Sleep loss may be more serious than previously thought, causing a permanent loss of brain cells, research suggests.

In a race with Sony, Oculus unveils improved Rift virtual reality dev kit

Posted in Games on 20th Mar, 2014 04:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Racing to beat rivals like Sony, Oculus VR is announcing an improved developer version of its Oculus Rift virtual reality goggles.

Protein Renewal Could Stave Off Alzheimer's

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2014 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
The renewal of a gene-regulating protein may be used to thwart Alzheimer's in aging adults.

Electric 'thinking cap' can help you learn faster, better

Posted in Hardware on 26th Mar, 2014 04:15 AM
by AlexMuller
The implications of the findings extend beyond the potential to improve learning. The process may also have clinical benefits in the treatment of conditions like schizophrenia.

Nasal spray could provide highly-targeted treatment for depression

Posted in Science on 27th Mar, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
A nasal spray containing a specially-developed protein peptide could form the basis for highly-targeted treatment for depression.

Ketamine 'exciting' depression therapy

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The illegal party drug ketamine is an "exciting" and "dramatic" new treatment for depression, say doctors who have conducted the first trial in the UK.

EU set to roll-out Sentinel space project

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2014 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest civil Earth-observation programme ever conceived begins its roll-out on Thursday with the launch of a radar satellite from French Guiana.

New treatment could allow regrowing of damaged nerves

Posted in Medicine on 4th Apr, 2014 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Spinal cord injuries are a serious matter: most who suffer from such an injury never fully recover, and many end up with partial or even full paralysis.

A blueprint for how to build a human brain

Posted in Medicine on 4th Apr, 2014 12:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have generated a blueprint for how to build a human brain at unprecedented anatomical resolution.

Avoid dementia when you're older by running when you're younger

Posted in Medicine on 5th Apr, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Leading an active lifestyle in your 20s can lead to better memory and cognition later in life, researchers of a recent study say.

How the brain pays attention

Posted in Science on 12th Apr, 2014 02:37 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists identify a brain circuit that’s key to shifting our focus from one object to another.

Getting To The Root Of Parkinson's Disease

Posted in Medicine on 13th Apr, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Working with human neurons, researchers have identified and then shut down a biological process that appears to trigger a particular form of Parkinson’s disease.

Artists 'have structurally different brains'

Posted in Science on 17th Apr, 2014 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Artists have structurally different brains compared with non-artists, a study has found.

Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system

Posted in Science on 20th Apr, 2014 12:43 AM
by AlexMuller
Two psychologists have made a brain-related discovery that could revolutionize doctors’ perception and treatment of attention-deficit disorders.

Spacex plan to recover and refly a first rocket stage in 2015

Posted in Hardware on 21st Apr, 2014 12:29 AM
by AlexMuller
"We don't have to just recover it," Musk said. "We have to show that it can be reflown quickly and easily".

A neuromorphic-computing 'roadmap’

Posted in Software on 23rd Apr, 2014 01:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Now it could be possible to build a practical neuromorphic (brain-inspired) computer while minimizing energy requirements.

Less myelin found in neocortex: the future of the brain?

Posted in Medicine on 25th Apr, 2014 03:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Less myelin in higher regions of the cerebral cortext may allow emergence of highly complex neuronal behaviors.

The Brain Waves For Knowing What You Know

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2014 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A certain type of brain activity shows up in mice who are about to make the right choice in a little maze they're trained in.

A new 'off' switch for neurons

Posted in Science on 29th Apr, 2014 09:12 PM
by AlexMuller
"This will greatly enhance work in large-brained organisms like rats and primates."

Doctors Sketch Out Potential Blood Test for Depression

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2014 04:36 PM
by AlexMuller
A new test for depression has been uncovered by researchers, who think it's possible to find physical traces of the signs of mental ill health in the blood.

MRI sensor allows neuroscientists to map neural activity with molecular precision

Posted in Medicine on 3rd May, 2014 11:54 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT researchers have developed a technique that allows them to precisely track neural communication in the brain over time.

Sitting all day is bad for your brain, too

Posted in Medicine on 5th May, 2014 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The study found that less fit college-age students had a worse long term memories than their fitter counterparts.

Magnetic Brain Stimulation May Trump Drugs For Severe Depression

Posted in Medicine on 7th May, 2014 10:24 PM
by AlexMuller
About 40 percent of people fail to respond to antidepressant medication.

Brain 'noise' found to nurture synapses

Posted in Medicine on 10th May, 2014 11:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A long-overlooked form of neuron-to-neuron communication called “miniature neurotransmission” plays an essential role in the development of synapses.

Nereus deep sea sub 'implodes' 10km-down

Posted in Science on 12th May, 2014 11:13 PM
by AlexMuller
One of the world's most capable deep-sea research subs has been lost.

Intergalactic Entrepreneurs Prepare for Blast-Off

Posted in Science on 16th May, 2014 08:25 PM
by AlexMuller
A unique gathering of 13 companies showcases a coming year of launches.

Neurogames are ready to take flight: Expect a breakout year ahead

Posted in Games on 19th May, 2014 11:38 PM
by AlexMuller
“We’re very close.” In just three words, Palmer Luckey of OculusVR fame, summarized not only where virtual reality stands, but perhaps the entire neurogaming industry.

Brains evolved multiple times and converged on similar designs

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2014 07:14 PM
by AlexMuller
New findings suggest that brains and nervous systems originated multiple times from scratch.

Walking on Two legs Helped Humans Develop Complex Brain, Researchers Say

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say that learning to stand upright might have had helped humans develop a more complex brain than other primates.

Seeing sound: visual cortex processes auditory information too

Posted in Medicine on 28th May, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The visual cortex also uses information gleaned from the ears when viewing the world.

Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jun, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

The brain may be able to repair itself from within, Duke researchers discover

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2014 01:47 AM
by AlexMuller
Duke researchers have found a new type of neuron in the adult brain that is capable of telling stem cells to make more new neurons.

Scientists Selectively Erase And Restore Memories

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
In a groundbreaking study, researchers erased and then reactivated memories by stimulating neurons in the brains of genetically engineered rats with a series of light pulses.

Synchronized brain waves enable rapid learning

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2014 03:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Why brain-wave resonance may be the key to learning, not synapses.

Self-repairing mechanism helps to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Jun, 2014 12:13 AM
by AlexMuller
Creating new neurons can help to preserve brain function in neurodegenerative diseases.

New compound to treat depression identified

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Jun, 2014 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified a compound, hydroxynorketamine, that may treat depression just as effectively as ketamine, without the unwanted side effects.

Modeling how neurons work together to perform movements: not as random as we thought

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jun, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Could help design prosthetic limbs controlled via electrodes implanted in the brain.

Potential Alzheimer's drug prevents abnormal blood clots in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jun, 2014 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
The culprits behind Alzheimer's disease is believed to be the persistent blood clots that often form in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Decline in trials for Alzheimer's disease

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jul, 2014 06:51 PM
by AlexMuller
More than 99% of drug trials for Alzheimer's disease during the past decade have failed, according to a study.

Consciousness on-off switch discovered deep in brain

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jul, 2014 04:28 AM
by AlexMuller
One moment you're conscious, the next you're not. For the first time, researchers have switched off consciousness by electrically stimulating a single brain area.

Cinnamon May Be Used to Halt the Progression of Parkinson’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 10th Jul, 2014 01:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Cinnamon, a common food spice and flavoring material, can reverse the biomechanical, cellular and anatomical changes that occur in the brains of mice with Parkinson’s disease

Europe’s human brain project comes under attack

Posted in Software on 11th Jul, 2014 01:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Hundreds of European neuroscience experts are threatening to boycott an effort to create a computer simulation of the brain if a 10-year, $1.6 billion initiative isn’t handled properly.

Google Ventures goes to Europe with new $100M fund

Posted in Business on 11th Jul, 2014 01:26 AM
by AlexMuller
Google Ventures might be only about five years old, but the venture capital firm is expanding to Europe.

A neural device to restore memory

Posted in Hardware on 12th Jul, 2014 10:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Intended to help military service members with traumatic brain injury (TBI), but could also help with Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy

Microsoft Research demos Project Adam, machine-learning object-recognition software

Posted in Software on 19th Jul, 2014 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The goal of Project Adam is to enable software to visually recognize any object.

EC 'confident' in human brain project

Posted in Science on 19th Jul, 2014 12:20 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Commission has responded to criticism of its billion-euro Human Brain Project, declaring confidence that objections will be satisfied.

Antipsychotic drugs linked to slight decrease in brain volume

Posted in Medicine on 20th Jul, 2014 05:10 AM
by AlexMuller
A study published today has confirmed a link between anti-psychotic medication and a slight, but measurable, decrease in brain volume in patients with schizophrenia.

New Era of rapid Brain Imaging allows understanding of interactions at the cellular level across the brain

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2014 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Detailed high resolution brain imaging has been made one hundred times faster.

Brain cells can suppress appetite, study in mice shows

Posted in Science on 28th Jul, 2014 02:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered a central hub of brain cells that may put the brakes on a desire to eat.

Slow Walking Speed and Memory Complaints are Early Predictors of Dementia

Posted in Medicine on 29th Jul, 2014 02:42 AM
by AlexMuller
A simple test can predict the likelihood of developing dementia.

Pea-sized brain hub could shed light on depression

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jul, 2014 01:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists say a part of the brain, smaller than a pea, triggers the instinctive feeling that something bad is about to happen.

Sleep sensor breaks through $1m on Kickstarter

Posted in Medicine on 31st Jul, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
A 22-year-old British entrepreneur's new sleep-tracking kit has cracked $1.2m (£708,000) in its first week on Kickstarter's crowdfunding platform.

England records rise in dementia diagnoses

Posted in Medicine on 31st Jul, 2014 02:45 AM
by AlexMuller
The number of people in England diagnosed with dementia has risen by 62% over seven years.

Depression Is a Risk Factor for Dementia, New Research Says

Posted in Medicine on 1st Aug, 2014 03:10 AM
by AlexMuller
The two have been linked before, but the new study says depression may be an independent risk factor for the disease.

There are Cells Inside Teeth That Can Turn Back Into Stem Cells

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Aug, 2014 12:58 AM
by AlexMuller
Inside each of our hard, calcified teeth is a small population of living stem cells that can differentiate into many types of tissue.

Clues to curbing obesity found in neuronal 'sweet spot'

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Aug, 2014 02:55 AM
by AlexMuller
Preventing weight gain, obesity, and ultimately diabetes could be as simple as keeping a nuclear receptor from being activated in a small part of the brain.

The social origins of intelligence in the brain

Posted in Science on 3rd Aug, 2014 02:57 AM
by AlexMuller
A study of brain injuries in vets showed that brain regions that contribute to optimal social functioning are also vital to general intelligence and emotional intelligence.

PlanetTech News interviews RE.WORK Conference founder Nikita Johnson

Posted in Interviews on 7th Aug, 2014 01:04 AM
by AlexMuller
The RE.WORK Technology Summit brings together entrepreneurship, science and technology to re-work the future and tackle the world’s greatest challenges.

Brain-inspired chip fits 1m 'neurons' on postage stamp

Posted in Hardware on 8th Aug, 2014 09:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have produced a new computer chip that mimics the organisation of the brain, and squeezed in one million computational units called "neurons".

Stress may be passed down through generations, studies suggest

Posted in Science on 10th Aug, 2014 01:19 AM
by AlexMuller
Small epigenetic DNA modifications predict brain’s threat response.

Cosmetic Eye Surgery Decompresses Migraine Trigger Nerves:

Posted in Medicine on 12th Aug, 2014 12:14 AM
by AlexMuller
Patients Have 90.7% Positive Response Rate.

Blood-brain-barrier disruption with high-frequency pulsed electric fields

Posted in Science on 16th Aug, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
Researcher have developed a new technique for using pulsed electric energy to open the blood-brain-barrier for treating brain cancer and neurological disorders.

Lab grown neurons give scientists a real-time glimpse into how the brain works

Posted in Science on 17th Aug, 2014 02:50 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists are now growing brain tissue in petri dishes to study neurons up close and personal.

Bypass Commands From the Brain to Legs Through a Computer

Posted in Medicine on 19th Aug, 2014 01:30 AM
by AlexMuller
An artificial connection that bridges the lost pathway and connects brain to spinal circuits has potential to ameliorate the functional loss.

Brain stimulation 'helps in stroke'

Posted in Medicine on 20th Aug, 2014 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Stimulating the part of the brain which controls movement may improve recovery after a stroke, research suggests.

Children on the autistic spectrum have extra synapses in their brains

Posted in Medicine on 27th Aug, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
It may be possible to prune synapses with a future drug after diagnosis.

Scientists Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2014 10:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered an area of the brain that could control a person’s motivation to exercise, potentially leading to improved treatments for depression.

DARPA plans to shrink brain interface and organ control electronics to the size of nerve fibers

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2014 03:01 AM
by AlexMuller
The initial goal will be improving the quality of life for US soldiers and veterans.

Experimental rat brain fighter pilot yields insights into how the brain works

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2014 12:25 AM
by AlexMuller
The experiment delivers an elusive live glimpse of neurons in action; it’s difficult to observe brains on the cellular level in living animals.

Brainy processing at your fingertips

Posted in Science on 8th Sep, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
New research shows that nerve endings in the fingertips perform neural computations that were thought to occur in the brain.

Woman of 24 found to have no cerebellum in her brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Sep, 2014 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
A woman has reached the age of 24 without anyone realising she was missing a large part of her brain. The case highlights just how adaptable the organ is.

Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage

Posted in Medicine on 16th Sep, 2014 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows.

Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2014 08:03 PM
by AlexMuller
A range of disorders lead to different symptoms, new research says, raising hopes for individualized treatment.

First blood test to diagnose depression in adults

Posted in Medicine on 17th Sep, 2014 07:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Test identifies nine blood markers tied to depression; predicts who will benefit from therapy.

Test can help detect Alzheimer's before dementia signs show

Posted in Medicine on 21st Sep, 2014 10:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A test that combines thinking and movement can help to detect risk for developing Alzheimer's disease in a person, even before there are any behavioural signs of dementia.

Brain repair 'may be boosted by curry spice'

Posted in Science on 26th Sep, 2014 09:55 PM
by AlexMuller
A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

Massive electrode array system will do first large-scale network recording of brain activity

Posted in Medicine on 1st Oct, 2014 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
An electrode array system that will enable researchers to better understand how the brain works.

Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed

Posted in Medicine on 1st Oct, 2014 11:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Small trial from UCLA and Buck Institute succeeds using systems approach to memory disorders.

Nobel Prize for the brain's GPS discovery

Posted in Science on 8th Oct, 2014 12:49 AM
by AlexMuller
The Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine has been awarded to three scientists who discovered the brain's "GPS system".

Brain Scan Technique Could Predict Dementia Before Symptoms

Posted in Medicine on 9th Oct, 2014 12:03 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers say a simple technique using magnetic resonance imaging could lead to an early diagnosis of dementia, long before cognitive decline is evident.

Google’s Eric Schmidt worries European governments will 'regulate out' innovation

Posted in Business on 11th Oct, 2014 11:47 PM
by AlexMuller
“That they will somehow prevent a place where a young entrepreneur can invent something truly new.”

Obama’s Brain Project Backs Neurotechnology

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2014 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The U.S. announces $46 million to develop new technologies for exploring the brain.

How myths about the brain are hampering teaching

Posted in Science on 17th Oct, 2014 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Teachers in the UK, Holland, Turkey, Greece and China were presented with seven “neuromyths” and asked whether they believe them to be true.

'Let’s create the OS of life'

Posted in Business on 23rd Oct, 2014 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
The fund’s charter is to invest in entrepreneurs, scientists, and inventors who aim to benefit humanity by rewriting the operating systems of life, Johnson says.

Transparent graphene-based sensors open new window into the brain

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Oct, 2014 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Engineers have developing invisible implantable medical sensor microarrays to allow for seeing brain tissue hidden by implants.

SpaceX Plans to Start Reusing Rockets Next Year

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2014 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is building an ocean-based landing pad so that it can reuse its launch vehicles.

Are efforts at total brain simulation putting the cart before the horse?

Posted in Science on 26th Oct, 2014 09:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Since it was awarded a one billion euro, decade-long research grant last year, the Human Brain Project has been the center of extreme excitement and heavy criticism.

University's £1m study of eyeball link to Alzheimer's

Posted in Medicine on 27th Oct, 2014 11:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers at Dundee University are to lead a £1.1m study into whether eye tests can reveal the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Scientists convert human skin cells into brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 28th Oct, 2014 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
By exposing skin cells to a particular combination of cell programming molecules, scientists managed to convert them into brain cells that behave like native cells.

SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 booster December 9th on a floating platform and then reuse it

Posted in Hardware on 28th Oct, 2014 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Being able to reuse all the hardware for multiple flights could potentially slash the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 10 or much more.

Are we closer to AI?

Posted in Business on 30th Oct, 2014 10:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Google's New Computer With Human-Like Learning Abilities Will Program Itself.

A brain decoder that could read your inner thoughts

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Nov, 2014 09:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have figured out how to read the words of our inner monologue, a finding that could help people who cannot physically speak to communicate with the world.

Brain-to-brain interface via Internet replicated, improved

Posted in Science on 6th Nov, 2014 11:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago.

Parkinson's stem cell 'breakthrough'

Posted in Medicine on 8th Nov, 2014 12:40 AM
by AlexMuller
Stem cells can be used to heal the damage in the brain caused by Parkinson's disease, according to scientists in Sweden.

Scientists create Parkinson's disease in a dish

Posted in Science on 10th Nov, 2014 01:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Attributed to a combination of genetic and nongenetic factors, Parkinson's disease has no completely effective therapy or cure.

Brain's taste secrets uncovered

Posted in Medicine on 10th Nov, 2014 11:16 PM
by AlexMuller
The brain has specialist neurons for each of the five taste categories, salty, bitter, sour, sweet and umami, US scientists have discovered.

Despite Antares and Virgin Galactic setbacks, space entrepreneurship is about to be huge

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2014 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
In conversations on and off stage, all sounded a common theme: We are on the cusp of an exciting new era in space entrepreneurship.

Study Suggests ALS Starts In The Brain

Posted in Medicine on 12th Nov, 2014 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
It is estimated that at any given time as many as 30,000 Americans may have the condition, but only about 5,000 are diagnosed at any time.

Humans' big brains might be due in part to newly identified protein

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2014 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Experiments revealed that the protein, is made in growing brains of humans, and appears necessary for normal proliferation of human brain stem cells growing in a lab dish.

How to increase (or decrease) brain activity and memory

Posted in Science on 18th Nov, 2014 04:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Is it possible to rapidly increase (or decrease) the amount of information the brain can store?

Brain Pathway Rediscovered After 100 Years

Posted in Science on 20th Nov, 2014 11:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are giving scientists unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the human brain.

Imagination, reality flow in opposite directions in the brain

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Aiming to discern discrete neural circuits, researchers have tracked electrical activity in the brains of people who alternately imagined scenes or watched videos.

Elon Musk teases new fins for reusable rockets, autonomous spaceport ships

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Nov, 2014 09:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Eon Musk is probably the most interesting person in private space technology right now.

Brain network vulnerable to Alzheimer's identified

Posted in Medicine on 26th Nov, 2014 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
Research has emerged that reveals a specific brain network, that is the last to develop and the first to show signs of neurodegeneration, is more vulnerable to aging and disease.

PlanetTech News interviews neuroscientist Dr. Kenneth Hayworth

Posted in Interviews on 26th Nov, 2014 11:19 PM
by AlexMuller
In this exclusive Interview, PlanetTech News digs deeper into the future of brain preservation, cryonics, mind uploading and neuroscience.

Google will solve its latest EU problem the usual way: By throwing money at it

Posted in Online on 29th Nov, 2014 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly urging antitrust regulators to strongly consider the breakup of Google.

Emergency repairs for cracked phones

Posted in Business on 29th Nov, 2014 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
A US firm is launching an emergency repair service for broken or damaged smartphones in the UK. Services are springing up offering fixes for cracked screens or broken home buttons.

Carnegie Mellon researchers identify brain regions that encode words, grammar, story

Posted in Science on 30th Nov, 2014 11:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Analyzing multiple subprocesses of the brain at the same time is unprecedented in cognitive neuroscience.

Ministers to chart Ariane rocket's future

Posted in Business on 2nd Dec, 2014 12:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Key decisions on Europe's capability and activity in space will be taken by research ministers on Tuesday.

Customize your emotions with a device; coming in 2015

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2014 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
What Thync hopes to do, in 10 minutes or less, is create in its users nothing less than a desired state of mind, or mode, ranging from calm to creative to energetic.

The other reusable rocket company, Blue Origin says it should be flying to orbit in 2019

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2014 10:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos says his vision is he wants to see millions of people living and working in space.

Wireless brain sensor could unchain neuroscience from cables

Posted in Science on 5th Dec, 2014 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology is designed to enable neuroscience research that cannot be accomplished with current sensors that tether subjects with cabled connections.

Mapping spinal circuitry to fight phantom pain

Posted in Medicine on 7th Dec, 2014 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of scientists have identified an important neural mechanism in the spinal cord that appears to be capable of sending erroneous pain signals to the brain.

SpaceX to Try to Land Rocket on Floating Platform Next Week

Posted in Hardware on 9th Dec, 2014 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
This is important. Elon Musk says the technology could cut the cost of spaceflight by a factor of 100.

Brain inflammation a hallmark of autism, large-scale analysis shows

Posted in Medicine on 11th Dec, 2014 10:36 PM
by AlexMuller
While many different combinations of genetic traits can cause autism, brains affected by autism share a pattern of ramped-up immune responses.

Saving information on a computer boosts human memory resources for new information

Posted in Science on 13th Dec, 2014 10:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next.

Running and Walking May Lower Alzheimer's Disease Risk

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2014 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
As drug companies struggle to find a cure, research suggests that exercise earlier in life may substantially reduce Alzheimer’s disease mortality.

Autism link to air pollution raised

Posted in Medicine on 19th Dec, 2014 12:36 AM
by AlexMuller
A link between autism and air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been suggested by scientists.

SpaceX’s resupply mission gets postponed (again)

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2014 12:44 AM
by AlexMuller
The fifth ISS commercial resupply mission has been delayed to no earlier than January 6th.

AI as good as primates at visual object recognition

Posted in Software on 19th Dec, 2014 09:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep neural networks have studied millions of images and some can now recognize the objects in all of these images in a similar manner and speed to primates.

Anti-inflammatory drugs could fight depression

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 12:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists to launch £5m study that explores links between immune disorders and mental illness, and could lead to new treatments

It might be possible to restore lost memories

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2014 11:10 PM
by AlexMuller
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored, offering hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

Smartphone use is changing our brains

Posted in Hardware on 23rd Dec, 2014 09:54 PM
by AlexMuller
Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

An existing drug, riluzole, may prevent foggy old age brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2014 10:16 PM
by AlexMuller
New experiments suggest an existing drug, known as riluzole and already on the market as a treatment for ALS, may help prevent changes in the aging brain.

Color-coding brain cells

Posted in Science on 25th Dec, 2014 02:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have developed a method called “multicolor RGB tracking” to improve our understanding of how the brain works by color-marking brain cells to be tracked over time.

Optogenetics captures synaptic transmission in live mammalian brain for the first time

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2014 08:51 PM
by AlexMuller
This could significantly expand our knowledge of connectivity between various types of neurons as a more realistic alternative to in vitro studies.

Test measures analytical thinking linked to depression, fueling the idea that depression may be a form of adaptation

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2015 11:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Depression may actually be an adaptation meant to help people cope with complex problems.

Brain imaging may help predict future behavior

Posted in Medicine on 8th Jan, 2015 09:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Recent studies show that brain imaging can help predict an individual's future learning, criminality, health-related behaviors, and response to drug or behavioral treatments.

Spacex first stage reaches the barge but landing was too hard; ISS mission was success

Posted in Hardware on 10th Jan, 2015 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk tweets: Rocket made it to drone spaceport ship, but landed hard. Close, but no cigar this time. Bodes well for the future tho.

SpaceX: game-changing rocket reusability seems likely within months

Posted in Hardware on 14th Jan, 2015 04:47 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX understands that the key to massively reducing launch costs is to minimize the degree to which hardware is thrown way.

Expanding the brain achieves super-resolution with ordinary microscopes

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2015 11:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A way to make a brain expand to four and a half times its usual size, allowing structures to appear sharp with an ordinary microscope.

New study finds that closing your eyes boosts memory recall

Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2015 07:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Further evidence to suggest that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more accurate details when they close their eyes.

How the brain controls the burning of fat

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jan, 2015 07:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The findings give new insights into how the brain regulates body fat, and may lead to more effective ways to lose weight and prevent obesity.

Global ENIGMA consortium cracks brain’s genetic codes for aging

Posted in Science on 24th Jan, 2015 09:37 PM
by AlexMuller
8 common gene mutations leading to brain aging in over 30,000 brain scans that may unlock mysteries of Alzheimer’s, autism, and other neurological disorders.

Mapping the brains of blind people has 'challenged perceptions of how the brain works'

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jan, 2015 03:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists claim to have overturned standard thinking on how the brain is able to perform different tasks.

Dementia 'linked' to common over-the-counter drugs

Posted in Medicine on 29th Jan, 2015 01:55 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia.

A New Study Links Brain Inflammation With Depression

Posted in Medicine on 30th Jan, 2015 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Depression is a complex form of mental illness which is very difficult to diagnose due to varied symptoms shown by people.

New fibers can deliver optogenetic signals and drugs directly into the brain while allowing simultaneous electrical readout

Posted in Medicine on 31st Jan, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
MIT scientists have developed a new method of coping with the complexity of studying the brain.

How complex environments push brain evolution

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2015 05:30 PM
by AlexMuller
A recent study by neuroscientists offers clues about how increasingly difficult tasks have evolved the brain.

Incredible video shows how SpaceX plans to land largest rocket in the world

Posted in Science on 2nd Feb, 2015 05:45 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has released a new video this week demonstrating just what it plans to do with its upcoming Falcon Heavy rocket.

Deep brain imaging reveals which nearly identical neurons are associated with specific behaviors

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Feb, 2015 02:25 PM
by AlexMuller
More precise mapping of how individual neurons interact in the brain.

SpaceX launches DSCOVR 'space weather' satellite

Posted in Science on 12th Feb, 2015 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing of the rocket's first stage on the drone ship did not go ahead due to stormy seas.

Training AIs to understand sentiments conveyed by images

Posted in Software on 13th Feb, 2015 06:30 PM
by AlexMuller
‪Once trained, the AI can be used to determine what sentiments (feelings) that a given image is likely to elicit.

Promising results for new Alzheimer's therapy

Posted in Science on 14th Feb, 2015 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The results suggest that the introduction of a nerve growth factor can prevent neuronal degradation in Alzheimer’s patients.

Science behind commonly used anti-depressants appears to be backwards, researchers say

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2015 06:47 PM
by AlexMuller
It appears that their brains are overcoming the effects of the medication, rather than being assisted directly by them.

UK Government pledges £300m to dementia research

Posted in Science on 21st Feb, 2015 04:30 PM
by AlexMuller
David Cameron said an international dementia institute would be established over the next five years in a bid to make the UK a world leader for research and medical trials.

Growing New Neurons May Help Us Adapt Better

Posted in Medicine on 25th Feb, 2015 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery that the human brain continues to produce new neurons in adulthood challenges a major dogma in the field of neuroscience.

Leukaemia mutations 'almost inevitable', researchers say

Posted in Medicine on 28th Feb, 2015 09:15 PM
by AlexMuller
It is "almost inevitable" that your blood will take the first steps towards leukemia as you age, researchers show.

Brain makes decisions with same method used to break Enigma

Posted in Science on 3rd Mar, 2015 02:10 PM
by AlexMuller
When making simple decisions, neurons in the brain apply the same statistical trick used by Alan Turing to help break Germany’s Enigma code during World War II.

The human brain may age less than was previously thought

Posted in Medicine on 5th Mar, 2015 09:42 PM
by AlexMuller
This has important consequences for understanding how the brain changes with age and challenges current theories of ageing.

Brain structure varies depending on how trusting people are of others, study shows

Posted in Medicine on 8th Mar, 2015 09:18 PM
by AlexMuller
This research may have implications for future treatments of psychological conditions such as autism.

Wireless brain stimulaton with magnetic nanoparticles

Posted in Science on 15th Mar, 2015 05:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a method to stimulate brain tissue using external magnetic fields and injected magnetic nanoparticles to treat diseases such as Parkinson’s.

Optical fibers demonstrate brain-like computing

Posted in Science on 16th Mar, 2015 09:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have simulated neural networks and synapses in the brain using optical pulses as information carriers over fibers made from light-sensitive glass.

Network theory suggests consciousness is global in the brain

Posted in Science on 17th Mar, 2015 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have found evidence that awareness or consciousness results from widespread communication across sensory and association areas of the cortex.

Modified microscope allows for high-speed, high-res imaging of live neurons

Posted in Medicine on 17th Mar, 2015 11:50 AM
by AlexMuller
The device images without signs of cellular damage and has a spatial resolution up to 100 times better than a standard light microscope.

Scientists discover how to change human leukemia cells into harmless immune cells

Posted in Medicine on 19th Mar, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers found a method that can force dangerous leukemia cells to mature into harmless immune cells.

Google expert explains why deep-learning neural nets are hot in everything from games to recognizing cats

Posted in Software on 19th Mar, 2015 08:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The revitalized category of 'deep-learning neural networks' is making huge progress.

Neuropsychology: Power naps produce a significant improvement in memory performance

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2015 11:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychologists have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance.

Autistic and non-autistic brain differences isolated for first time

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
The ability to analyse the entire data set from an fMRI scan provided researchers the opportunity to compare accurate computer models for both autistic and non-autistic brains.

Glass Fibers May Open Door to Neuromorphic Computing

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2015 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have demonstrated how neural networks and synapses in the brain can be reproduced using glass fibers made that are sensitive to light, known as chalcogenides.

New 'MIND' diet may significantly protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Mar, 2015 12:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Even moderate adherence shows reduction in incidence, according to a paper published in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Depression Distorts People's Perception of Time, Study Finds

Posted in Medicine on 24th Mar, 2015 09:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study finds that depressed people have a general feeling that time is passing more slowly, or even that it has stopped.

Nanoparticles open blood-brain barrier for delivery of molecules

Posted in Hardware on 27th Mar, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Currently 98 percent of therapeutic molecules are blocked by the barrier, but a new technique opens the door to new treatments for brain diseases.

Brain has strong points at different ages

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 12:45 AM
by AlexMuller
While some thinking skills begin to decline as one ages, researchers found that others don't peak until middle age or even later.

Memories May Not Live in Neurons' Synapses

Posted in Science on 28th Mar, 2015 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The finding could mean recollections are more enduring than expected and disrupt plans for PTSD treatments.

A brain-machine interface to control a prosthetic hand

Posted in Hardware on 1st Apr, 2015 03:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Non-invasive technique allows amputee to control prosthetic hand by his thoughts.

'Lightning bolts' in the brain reveal how the brain encodes and stores information without disrupting previously acquired memories

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Apr, 2015 03:19 PM
by AlexMuller
This could help explain the underlying neural circuit problems in brain disorders.

High-speed, high-res method allows imaging of a living brain

Posted in Software on 3rd Apr, 2015 12:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers studying cancer and other invasive diseases rely on high-resolution imaging to see tumors and other activity deep within the body’s tissues.

Finland’s Latest Educational Move Will Produce a Generation of Entrepreneurs

Posted in Business on 5th Apr, 2015 01:02 PM
by AlexMuller
The new approach aims to encourage different kinds of learning, shifting from facts to problem solving, individual work to collaboration.

Master protein found to enhance both muscles and the brain

Posted in Science on 9th Apr, 2015 03:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The finding could lead to treatments in regenerative medicine and for defects in learning and memory.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos' rocket company will test reusable spacecraft later this year

Posted in Hardware on 10th Apr, 2015 02:55 PM
by AlexMuller
Blue Origin announced that it is planning unmanned test flights of its new engine and cargo capsule later this year.

United Launch Alliance developing reusable rocket called Vulcan

Posted in Science on 14th Apr, 2015 01:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The rocket could launch as soon as 2019. Its a response to competition from SpaceX and pressure to phase out the Russian engine powering its Atlas V rocket.

SpaceX's CRS-6 mission launched successfully

Posted in Hardware on 14th Apr, 2015 10:20 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk ‏@elonmusk: 'Ascent successful. Dragon enroute to Space Station. Rocket landed on droneship, but too hard for survival.'

IBM creates a research group to test Numenta, a brain-like AI software

Posted in Science on 16th Apr, 2015 04:12 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our goal is not to be biologically inspired; I want to re-create exactly; this is how you would really build a machine intelligence.'

PlanetTech interviews Penny Power OBE, social networking pioneer

Posted in Interviews on 24th Apr, 2015 12:24 AM
by AlexMuller
Penny Power was among the first to start an online social networking business by founding Ecademy. We interview her about the future of social media:

In search of tinnitus, that phantom ringing in the ears

Posted in Medicine on 26th Apr, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have taken advantage of a rare opportunity to record directly from the brain of a person with tinnitus in order to find the brain networks responsible.

Video Gamers Have Better Connected Brains

Posted in Games on 28th Apr, 2015 08:56 PM
by AlexMuller
Action video gamers have more gray matter and better connectivity in certain subregions of the brain.

Human Brain Inspires New Computer Memory System

Posted in Hardware on 29th Apr, 2015 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Mechanisms involved in next-generation magnetic memory could be used as artificial synapses in a new type of brain-inspired computer.

Scientists create 'ghosts' in the lab by tricking the brain

Posted in Science on 1st May, 2015 05:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have succeeded in creating 'ghosts' in the laboratory by tricking the brains of test subjects into feeling an unexpected 'presence' in the room.

Nanotech drug holds promise for treating Parkinson's

Posted in Science on 2nd May, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A rapidly aging population places a new imperative on the hunt for medicines to control, or even to cure, such neurodegenerative diseases.

Neuroscientists pinpoint the neurons that can tell faces apart

Posted in Medicine on 10th May, 2015 10:11 PM
by AlexMuller
How do brains tell faces apart? Scientists have attributed this ability to 'face-detector' (FD) neurons, considered to be responsible for distinguishing faces.

New memory cells could lead to bionic brains, and human-like computers

Posted in Hardware on 12th May, 2015 11:12 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have created an electronic memory cell that mimics the way that human brains work.

A big step toward mapping the human brain

Posted in Science on 17th May, 2015 06:09 PM
by AlexMuller
The Allen Institute for Brain Science, a key player in the BRAIN Initiative, has launched a database of neuronal cell types as a first step toward understanding the brain.

Google moves to develop machines with human-like intelligence

Posted in Software on 21st May, 2015 08:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Hinton believes that thought vectors will crack two of the central challenges in AI: mastering conversational language, and the ability to make leaps of logic.

You could one day be identified by your unique 'BrainPrint'

Posted in Science on 21st May, 2015 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
This could lead to a whole new way for people to securely access their devices, no passwords required.

Human cells from the blood turned into brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 22nd May, 2015 11:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have discovered how to turn human blood cells into brain cells, opening the doors to better understanding disease in the body.

On the Horizon: A Magnetic Zap that Strengthens Memory

Posted in Science on 23rd May, 2015 07:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Magnetic stimulation may help stave off age-related cognitive decline.

An infection can affect your IQ even after it has been treated

Posted in Medicine on 23rd May, 2015 07:31 PM
by AlexMuller
New research shows that infections can impair your cognitive ability measured on an IQ scale. The study is the largest of its kind to date, and it shows a clear correlation.

Some blind people can train themselves to use echolocation

Posted in Science on 26th May, 2015 04:35 PM
by AlexMuller
Some blind people have learned to use echolocation to tell the size, density, and texture of objects around them.

Sleeping cancer cells can 'wake up' decades later

Posted in Medicine on 28th May, 2015 06:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Blood cancer cells can avoid being killed by lying dormant, sometimes for decades.

Psychedelic drugs should be legally reclassified, says psychiatrist

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2015 09:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Pre 1967 research showed "beneficial change in many psychiatric disorders"

Light electric stimulation of the brain may improve memory for people with schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 30th May, 2015 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
This type of brain stimulation might ease some of the cognitive difficulties that afflict people with schizophrenia.

Scientists recover 'lost' memories using brain stimulation by blue light

Posted in Medicine on 31st May, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Amnesia is a fixable result of retrieval impairment, not damage.

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

Posted in Business on 1st Jun, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain like machine learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into many industries.

Missing link found between brain and immune system

Posted in Science on 3rd Jun, 2015 05:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Overturning decades of textbook teaching, researchers have discovered that the brain is directly connected to the immune system by vessels previously thought not to exist.

When the Color We See Isn’t the Color We Remember

Posted in Science on 4th Jun, 2015 09:59 PM
by AlexMuller
People can distinguish between millions of colors, but have trouble remembering specific shades because our brains store what we’ve seen as one of just a few basic hues.

Scientists make breakthrough in schizophrenia research

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jun, 2015 12:50 AM
by AlexMuller
The work presents strong evidence that disruption of a delicate chemical balance in the brain is heavily implicated in the disorder.

Airbus unveils 'Adeline' re-usable rocket concept

Posted in Science on 7th Jun, 2015 12:07 AM
by AlexMuller
Airbus, which leads the production of Europe's Ariane rocket, has developed a concept that could make future vehicles partially re-usable.

Strokes steal 8 years worth of brain function, new study suggests

Posted in Medicine on 7th Jun, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
Having a stroke ages a person’s brain function by almost eight years.

20 billion nanoparticles talk to the brain using electricity

Posted in Science on 10th Jun, 2015 12:56 AM
by AlexMuller
Nanoparticles can be used to stimulate regions of the brain electrically, opening up new ways to treat brain diseases.

Neuroscientists capture the moment a brain records an idea

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2015 01:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Cutting-edge brain imaging technology has offered the first glimpse into how new concepts develop in the human brain.

A 3D human 'organoid' brain in a dish

Posted in Medicine on 14th Jun, 2015 12:08 AM
by AlexMuller
Growing a miniature brain from cell scrapings could help diagnose brain disorders in the future.

Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:29 AM
by AlexMuller
Is your awareness of the world and of yourself the result of specific, focused changes in your brain, or does that awareness come from a broad network of neural activity?

'Brain-to-Text' system converts speech brainwave patterns to text

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2015 01:37 AM
by AlexMuller
A step toward communication with computers or humans by thought alone.

The virtual reality craze is taking over hardware and games at E3

Posted in Games on 20th Jun, 2015 10:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Oculus Rift vs. Project Morpheus, StarVR and Gear VR: Post-E3 thoughts

Individual neurons tell us whether or not we remember something

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jun, 2015 12:46 AM
by AlexMuller
At the same time, they indicate how confident we should be in that judgment.

Consciousness has less control than believed, according to new theory

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2015 12:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Consciousness is far less powerful than people believe, serving as a passive conduit rather than exerting control, according to a new theory.

DNA and Light Detect Cancer in the Brain, Head and Neck

Posted in Science on 26th Jun, 2015 01:48 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have employed an imaging technique that uses safe near-infrared light to differentiate between healthy brain tissue and that which has become cancerous.

SpaceX recounts past mistakes before next barge test landing

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:02 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has published a post explaining how its Falcon 9 is designed to be able to fly back home, and also revisiting its failed barge landings in January and in April.

Scientists build artificial neurons able to communicate with organic neurons

Posted in Hardware on 26th Jun, 2015 11:11 PM
by AlexMuller
This artificial neuron is capable of mimicking the function of a human nerve and communicate the way as our own neurons do.

Google is teaching its neural network AI how to chat

Posted in Software on 3rd Jul, 2015 12:42 AM
by AlexMuller
Chatbots are notoriously difficult to make work well. But now Google’s developed a new conversational AI that uses neural networks to learn. Right now its still quite child-like.

New Research Shows How Brain Reconstructs Past Events

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
When remembering something from our past, the entire event can be reactivated in the brain, including incidental information, such as what music may have been playing.

Common drugs affect decisions to harm oneself and others

Posted in Science on 5th Jul, 2015 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Healthy people given citalopram were willing to pay almost twice as much to prevent harm to themselves or others.

Biggest Neural Network Ever Pushes AI Deep Learning

Posted in Software on 10th Jul, 2015 12:01 AM
by AlexMuller
A cognitive computing company announced that it has trained a neural network consisting of 160 billion parameters, more than 10 times previous neural networks.

Geometry of brain's outer surface correlates with genetic heritage

Posted in Science on 12th Jul, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Patterns in sulci and gyri don't predict cognitive ability, but may help diagnose disease.

Wireless device delivers drugs to brain and triggers neurons via remote control

Posted in Medicine on 18th Jul, 2015 12:11 AM
by AlexMuller
A tiny “wireless optofluidic neural probe” that can be implanted in the brain and triggered to deliver drugs and target brain cells.

Computers can now know what we’re doing

Posted in Software on 19th Jul, 2015 11:46 PM
by AlexMuller
We dont have fully human-like artificial intelligence just yet, but we're steadily teaching computers how to see, read, and understand our world in complex ways.

Brain-inspired algorithms may make for optimized computational networks

Posted in Software on 21st Jul, 2015 12:21 AM
by AlexMuller
The developing brain eliminates unneeded connections between neurons.

Brain area found that may make humans unique

Posted in Science on 24th Jul, 2015 11:48 PM
by AlexMuller
An experiment compares the way monkey and human brains respond to abstract information.

Women's brains more vulnerable to Alzheimer's than men's

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jul, 2015 11:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Women's brains might be more vulnerable to the Alzheimer's disease than men’s, causing them to decline in memory and function twice as fast, according to research.

Identifying the source of memory loss from psychosis

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jul, 2015 12:35 AM
by AlexMuller
Psychosis' toll on memory arises from dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe regions in the brain that rob sufferers of the ability to make associative connections.

The Cause Of Overeating Might Be A Brain Hormone Deficiency, According To A New Study

Posted in Medicine on 27th Jul, 2015 11:49 PM
by AlexMuller
GLP-1 peptides let the brain know when we are satisfied and that we should stop eating.

Study shows how rhythms control communication between brain regions

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2015 01:52 AM
by AlexMuller
Taking on intellectually challenging tasks, groups of neurons tune in to one another and harmonize, then go back to improvising.

3D brain map reveals connections between cells in nano-scale

Posted in Science on 1st Aug, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope uprecedented images will allow study of abnormal connections in neurological disorders and a better understanding of the brain.

Think Your Conscious Brain Directs Your Actions?

Posted in Science on 2nd Aug, 2015 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A study claims a startling conclusion: consciousness is just a passive machine running one simple algorithm, serving up what’s already been decided, and taking credit for the decision.

Thync review: A drug-like, brain-zapping wearable?

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Aug, 2015 08:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Here's a gadget completely unlike anything we've used before. Meet Thync, a wearable that zaps your brain to change your mood.

A precision brain-controlled prosthesis nearly as good as one-finger typing

Posted in Medicine on 5th Aug, 2015 11:42 PM
by AlexMuller
May allow people with ALS or spinal cord injuries to communicate faster and more accurately.

Gene Therapy Makes Near-Blind Patients See by Strengthening Neural Connections

Posted in Medicine on 6th Aug, 2015 02:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Gene therapy restored vision to blind patients by strengthening visual pathways from the retina to the brain’s visual cortex.

Scientists Turn Skin Cells into Brain Cells, Using Alzheimer's Patients

Posted in Science on 8th Aug, 2015 09:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have turned human skin cells into neurons. They hope that their technique could one day help rejuvenate failing tissues in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.

Brain-scanning software blocks your notifications while you are busy

Posted in Science on 9th Aug, 2015 11:20 PM
by AlexMuller
If your mind is busy, the software can quiet the beeping of your devices so you can actually concentrate.

Eye movements in sleep 'change scenes' during dreams

Posted in Science on 12th Aug, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
For the first time, scientists have recorded from individual brain cells during the dreaming phase of sleep.

Study links aerobic fitness, thinner gray matter, and better math skills in kids

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2015 11:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Thinning of the outermost layer of brain cells in the cerebrum is associated with better mathematics performance.

Google Research Boosts Deep Learning Detection with GPUs

Posted in Hardware on 14th Aug, 2015 10:40 PM
by AlexMuller
An emerging market is exploding in deep learning and computer vision with companies continuing to push the processing speed and complexity envelope.

Newly discovered brain network recognizes what’s new or familiar

Posted in Medicine on 16th Aug, 2015 08:35 PM
by AlexMuller
The Parietal Memory Network (PMN), processes incoming information based on whether it’s something we’ve experienced previously or appears to be new and unknown.

IBM Introduces Researchers To Their Artificial Brain

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2015 11:40 PM
by AlexMuller
By stringing chips together researchers can build an artificial neural network. The version that IBM just debuted is roughly equivalent to the computing capacity of a rat's brain.

Most complete functioning human-brain model to date, according to researchers

Posted in Medicine on 20th Aug, 2015 12:52 AM
by AlexMuller
The brain organoid, engineered from adult human skin cells, is the most complete human brain model yet developed.

Singularity University students use AI so the blind may see the world

Posted in Software on 21st Aug, 2015 12:34 AM
by AlexMuller
Aipoly is an intelligent assistant for the visually impaired that empowers them to explore and understand their surroundings through computer vision and audio ­feedback.

Dementia levels 'are stabilising'

Posted in Medicine on 21st Aug, 2015 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The University of Cambridge study shows the proportion of elderly people with the condition in the UK has fallen, contrary to predictions that cases would soar.

Ghostly Particles from Outer Space Detected in Antarctica

Posted in Science on 21st Aug, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep in the Antarctic ice, an observatory has spotted ghostly, nearly massless particles coming from inside our galaxy and beyond the Milky Way.

Rethinking which cells are the conductors of learning and memory

Posted in Science on 22nd Aug, 2015 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Brain cells called glia may be center stage when it comes to how humans learn and remember.

Deep learning neural networks are looking to take over art and design jobs

Posted in Software on 29th Aug, 2015 10:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A deep neural network system can create artistic images that look like they could have been created by famous artists.

Engineers Create Brain-Machine Interface for Controlling Robot Exoskeleton

Posted in Science on 29th Aug, 2015 10:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of engineers from Germany and Korea has developed a brain-machine control interface for a lower limb exoskeleton.

Diabetes drug may help in leukaemia

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Sep, 2015 11:39 PM
by AlexMuller
A drug used to treat diabetes could help in the fight against blood cancer, early research in the journal Nature suggests.

Neuromorphic Processors Could Mean Big Leap in Machine Learning

Posted in Software on 5th Sep, 2015 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
A start-up company called Knowm says it will soon begin commercializing a new technique for building neuromorphic computing chips.

Antidepressant causes different brain changes in depressed and non-depressed individuals

Posted in Medicine on 5th Sep, 2015 08:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A common antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in different ways.

The ongoing struggle to define artificial intelligence

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2015 08:57 PM
by AlexMuller
Having a usable definition of AI is vital for any regulation and governance of the technology because laws and policies simply will not operate without one.

Motion sickness could be avoided via a zap to the scalp

Posted in Science on 6th Sep, 2015 10:10 PM
by AlexMuller
While many of us may have experienced a bit of queasiness on rough flights or boat trips, some people suffer from extreme motion sickness even under calm conditions.

Soaking brain tissue in a solution turns it transparent, providing new opportunities for understanding

Posted in Medicine on 15th Sep, 2015 03:45 PM
by AlexMuller
From X-rays to MRIs, researchers learn a lot about the body any time they find a new way to see it.

Controlling brain cells with ultrasound

Posted in Science on 16th Sep, 2015 09:16 AM
by AlexMuller
Sonogenetics may be able to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle, and other cells using ultrasonic waves, similar to optogenetics.

Elon Musk says his new rocket could get us to an icy moon where life may exist

Posted in Science on 24th Sep, 2015 06:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Below Europa's icy crust, a warm, salty ocean may exist containing more than twice as much water as all of Earth's reserves combined.

Google's Voice Search is Getting Far Better

Posted in Software on 25th Sep, 2015 06:47 PM
by AlexMuller
The addition of recurrent neural networks will make the tech much faster, and much more accurate.

Kavli foundation invests $100 Million into brain research

Posted in Science on 2nd Oct, 2015 06:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers hope the money will help develop tools that will allow neuroscientists to see the whole picture of how the brain works.

Drug used to treat cancer appears to sharpen memory

Posted in Science on 3rd Oct, 2015 11:06 PM
by AlexMuller
A drug that would sharpen your memory and help those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease by rewiring the brain and keeping neurons alive?

Mini-brains will help medical research

Posted in Science on 5th Oct, 2015 09:34 PM
by AlexMuller
If Brown University scientists have their way, just about any lab could make some simulated brain matter of their own.

A soft, bio-friendly ’3D’ brain-implant electrode

Posted in Science on 12th Oct, 2015 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Can capture signals from single neurons in the brain over a long period of time, without causing brain-tissue damage.

Cardiff University study on the science of hallucinations

Posted in Medicine on 15th Oct, 2015 04:18 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists at Cardiff University believe they can help explain why some people are prone to hallucinations.

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Computer Chip Hardware

Posted in Hardware on 17th Oct, 2015 12:54 AM
by AlexMuller
Phones and other compact devices with silicon neurons and synapses inside could be much more useful.

Researchers pinpoint where the human brain stores time and place of memories

Posted in Medicine on 17th Oct, 2015 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers from Ohio State University have discovered where the human brain stores the time and place of memories.

Transformation of human astroglial cells into neurons for brain repair

Posted in Medicine on 19th Oct, 2015 10:39 PM
by AlexMuller
May lead to drugs that restore brain function after traumatic injuries, stroke, or diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Scientists find way to make leukemia cells kill each other

Posted in Medicine on 21st Oct, 2015 12:51 AM
by AlexMuller
The surprise finding could lead to a powerful new therapy for leukemia and possibly other cancers.

Noninvasive imaging method can look twice as deep inside the living brain

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2015 01:10 AM
by AlexMuller
This new optical coherence tomography (OCT) approach to brain study may allow for examining vascular changes in the deep brain.

Brain Surgery Using Ultrasound Waves

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Oct, 2015 12:15 AM
by AlexMuller
A revolutionary new approach to neurosurgery avoids both radiation and a scalpel.

A study shows how brains are able to multitask

Posted in Science on 25th Oct, 2015 12:22 AM
by AlexMuller
What's actually going on inside our brains that allows for us to strategically focus on one task over another? That's remained largely a mystery, at least until recently.

Disruption by Tech Companies Expanding Into New Markets

Posted in Business on 27th Oct, 2015 12:12 AM
by AlexMuller
Very few companies have actually successfully disrupted themselves. Most successful companies leverage their existing assets to expand into new, high growth markets.

A drug-delivery technique to bypass the blood-brain barrier

Posted in Science on 29th Oct, 2015 02:05 AM
by AlexMuller
A development that could benefit a large population of patients with neurodegenerative disorders.

Deep Learning Researchers Create System that Annotates Video

Posted in Software on 29th Oct, 2015 11:17 AM
by AlexMuller
"The experiments show that our approach is able to generate multiple sentences or a paragraph for a long video and achieves the state-of-the-art results"

Sleep disruptions similar to jet lag linked to memory and learning problems

Posted in Medicine on 30th Oct, 2015 04:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Chemical changes in brain cells caused by disturbances in the body’s day-night cycle may lead to the learning and memory loss.

Male/female brain differences? Big data says not so much

Posted in Science on 31st Oct, 2015 05:42 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has debunked the belief that the hippocampus, a part of the brain that consolidates new memories and helps connect emotions to the senses, is larger in females.

Google's neural network wants to compose email responses for you

Posted in Software on 4th Nov, 2015 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The system will use a deep neural network to analyze incoming emails for what information is required to form an appropriate response, and to propose likely replies.

Facebook to share AI advances in image understanding

Posted in Online on 4th Nov, 2015 12:34 PM
by AlexMuller
Facebook hopes artificial intelligence will be able to help blind people 'see' images by enabling our computers to distinguish what is in a picture.

'Designer cells' reverse one-year-old's leukaemia

Posted in Medicine on 6th Nov, 2015 01:19 PM
by AlexMuller
'The technology is moving very fast, the ability to target very specific regions of the genome have suddenly become much more efficient'

Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code

Posted in Medicine on 9th Nov, 2015 02:32 PM
by AlexMuller
A revolutionary technique that switches brain circuits on and off has taken neuroscience by storm and is now undergoing a new round of innovation.

I’m going to make artificial intelligence that predicts what happens in videos

Posted in Software on 10th Nov, 2015 11:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Yann Lecun, Facebook's director of AI, reveals his ideas for the future of AI in an interview with New Scientist.

Google Open Sources Its AI System, 'TensorFlow'

Posted in Software on 11th Nov, 2015 06:39 PM
by AlexMuller
The machine learning software is already at the core of many of the company's products.

Researchers create synthetic synapse that could lead to more intelligent machines

Posted in Hardware on 12th Nov, 2015 04:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have reported the development of a first-of-its-kind synthetic synapse that mimics the plasticity of the human brain.

Exponential Medicine: AI Better Than Your Doctor at Finding Cancer

Posted in Software on 13th Nov, 2015 05:05 PM
by AlexMuller
'If you detect cancer early, your probability of survival is 10 times higher.'

Eating sweet food forms memories that may control eating habits

Posted in Science on 14th Nov, 2015 04:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Neurons in the dorsal hippocampus, the part of the brain that is critical for episodic memory, are activated by consuming sweets.

Reprogramming neurons and rewiring the brain

Posted in Science on 17th Nov, 2015 06:00 PM
by AlexMuller
A new way to fix defective neural communication in psychiatric and neurodevelopmental diseases, such as schizophrenia and autism.

Congress Says Yes to Space Mining, No to Rocket Regulations

Posted in Business on 18th Nov, 2015 05:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The bill protects private spaceflight from regulatory oversight, and lets entrepreneurs keep whatever nonliving treasures they find out there.

Exercise may protect against neurodegenerative diseases

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Exercise may protect aging brains against the neurodegenerative diseases resulting from energy-depleting stress caused by neurotoxins.

SAROS is a portable unit that turns seawater into drinking water

Posted in Hardware on 21st Nov, 2015 05:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A North Carolina startup has come up with a method of desalination powered by the sea itself.

Allen Institute researchers decode patterns that make our brains human

Posted in Science on 21st Nov, 2015 10:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have identified a set of just 32 gene-expression patterns for all 20,000 genes across 132 functionally distinct brain regions.

Signaling molecule helps neurons find their way in the developing brain

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Nov, 2015 11:22 PM
by AlexMuller
A molecule secreted in the spinal cord helps guide axons during a critical stage of central nervous system development in the embryo.

Jeff Bezos launches suborbital rocket into space and lands it back on Earth

Posted in Hardware on 25th Nov, 2015 05:03 AM
by AlexMuller
New Shepard reached a height of 100.5 km, qualifying it as having traveled to space, though it was only a sub-orbital spaceflight.

First real-time imaging of neural activity invented

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:44 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed a new technique for watching the brain’s neurons at a speed that is just fast enough to capture the action potentials in real time for the first time.

Cheap DNA Sequencing Is Here. Writing DNA Is Next

Posted in Science on 25th Nov, 2015 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
When Twist launches its beta program in 2016, it will offer gene synthesis at 10 cents per letter with a guaranteed turnaround time of 10 days.

Ultrasound captures rat brain in microscopic 3D

Posted in Science on 27th Nov, 2015 02:25 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists have developed an ultrasound technique that can rapidly build up a 3D view of a network of blood vessels, in microscopic detail.

Artificial intelligence in healthcare to replace jobs

Posted in Medicine on 27th Nov, 2015 09:11 PM
by AlexMuller
Technological innovations not only reinforce change but they also transform the future of industries, whether we like it or not

Astronomers Spot Neutrinos Released 1 Second after Big Bang

Posted in Science on 28th Nov, 2015 09:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The cosmic neutrino background could provide more details about the universe as it once was.

Could Implantable LEDs Relieve Your Pain?

Posted in Medicine on 29th Nov, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A new biocompatible device will make it easier for researchers to determine the neurological basis of pain.

SpaceX will attempt next rocket landing at cape canaveral instead of on an ocean platform

Posted in Hardware on 3rd Dec, 2015 07:15 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX's previous booster landing attempts were made on giant floating platforms in the ocean (which just missed).

For Cocaine Addicts, Treatment with Magnets May Stop Craving

Posted in Medicine on 6th Dec, 2015 01:03 PM
by AlexMuller
Can magnetic stimulation of the brain shake drug addicts out of their habit?

Possible biochemical mechanism underlying long-term memories identified

Posted in Science on 7th Dec, 2015 09:45 PM
by AlexMuller
Why do some of our memories fade away, while others last forever? Now scientists have identified a possible biochemical mechanism.

3D video games could make your memory better according to a neuroscience study

Posted in Games on 9th Dec, 2015 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
A study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that 3D video games can boost performance on memory tests by up to 12%.

Baidu Announces Major Advances in Speech Recognition Using Neural Networks

Posted in Software on 10th Dec, 2015 07:33 PM
by AlexMuller
The algorithm is now able to handle a diverse variety of speech including noisy environments, accents and different languages.

Computers are getting closer to copying the way humans learn

Posted in Software on 11th Dec, 2015 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
A lot of work in machine learning, which is how we tackle AI, is centered around how to best represent objects and ideas so computers can understand them.

Sam Altman, Elon Musk, Peter Thiel, and others commit $1B to nonprofit artificial intelligence research lab OpenAI

Posted in Software on 12th Dec, 2015 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'The research will focus on positive human impact.'

Stanford researcher scans his own brain for a year and a half, the most studied in the world

Posted in Medicine on 17th Dec, 2015 04:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Psychologist experiments on himself, documenting his neural, metabolic, and genetic changes over 18 months.

Study finds altered brain chemistry in people with autism

Posted in Science on 18th Dec, 2015 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists link autism to reduced activity of key neurotransmitter in human brain.

SpaceX Will Soon Launch Its Most Powerful Rocket Yet

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:45 PM
by AlexMuller
On Sunday, SpaceX is tentatively scheduled to launch a new Falcon 9 rocket to ferry 11 satellites into orbit for telecommunications company Orbcomm Inc.

Pulsed laser light turns whole-brain activity on and off

Posted in Science on 19th Dec, 2015 07:57 PM
by AlexMuller
The study may guide deep brain stimulation therapies used for traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders.

Anxiety significantly raises risk for dementia

Posted in Medicine on 20th Dec, 2015 06:49 PM
by AlexMuller
People who experienced high anxiety any time in their lives had a 48 percent higher risk of developing dementia compared to those who had not, according to a new study.

7 trends for artificial intelligence in 2016: 'Like 2015 on steroids'

Posted in Software on 21st Dec, 2015 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Its that time of the year again for predictions; TechRepublic caught up with some names in AI research to predict the year ahead:

Matrix-style memory prosthesis set to supercharge the human brain

Posted in Science on 21st Dec, 2015 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
A memory prosthesis being trialed next year could restore long-term recall and may eventually be used to upload new skills directly to the brain, just like in the film The Matrix.

SpaceX successfully lands first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Dec, 2015 02:46 AM
by AlexMuller
Having tried and failed to land a falcon 9 first stage multiple times before, today is a huge success for SpaceX.

Eric Schmidt: AI should have verification systems to avoid 'undesirable outcomes'

Posted in Hardware on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Schmidt calls for the makers of AIs to follow three guiding principles:

Scientists say they may be able to control the parts of the brain which determine intelligence

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Dec, 2015 08:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers said that a clusters of genes found in brain controlled human cognitive functions from memory to attention and reasoning.

Here's Why the SpaceX Rocket Landing Is Such a Big Deal

Posted in Science on 23rd Dec, 2015 08:49 PM
by AlexMuller
'The cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred,' Musk said.

Scientists discover how your brain wakes you up

Posted in Science on 27th Dec, 2015 07:03 PM
by AlexMuller
One neural circuit is responsible for "rapid arousal from sleep and anesthesia."

Study: Liver hormone regulates sweet, alcohol preferences

Posted in Medicine on 27th Dec, 2015 07:37 PM
by AlexMuller
A hormone found in the liver has the ability to reduce sweet and alcohol cravings in mammals, a recent study found.

Google is hard at work on a next generation chatbot

Posted in Online on 29th Dec, 2015 12:09 AM
by AlexMuller
Many people consider Google Now to be the best virtual assistant. Building A.I into a messaging platform makes a world of sense for Google.

Brain scans show compulsive gamers have hyperconnected neural networks

Posted in Games on 29th Dec, 2015 01:38 AM
by AlexMuller
Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between brain networks, that could help players respond to new information.

Brain Scans Could Predict Who Will Benefit From CBT

Posted in Medicine on 29th Dec, 2015 07:47 PM
by AlexMuller
If we could tell who will be unlikely to benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, resources could be saved by offering them alternative forms of treatment.

How brain architecture relates to consciousness and abstract thought

Posted in Science on 31st Dec, 2015 09:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Could lead to better ways to identify and treat brain diseases and to new learning AI systems.

Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 stage SpaceX successfully landed is 'ready to fire again'

Posted in Hardware on 1st Jan, 2016 10:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk says the rocket is ready for another mission.

Brain Circuit Linked to Depression Found in Rats

Posted in Medicine on 4th Jan, 2016 07:58 PM
by AlexMuller
A finding that could help researchers better understand the mechanisms underlying depression and schizophrenia.

Recovered SpaceX Falcon 9 is ready for a static fire test

Posted in Science on 4th Jan, 2016 07:50 PM
by AlexMuller
To confirm that everything still works, SpaceX plans to perform a static test which would involve firing up the rocket again without actually launching it.

Not enough sleep may help alzheimer’s take hold

Posted in Science on 5th Jan, 2016 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
Disrupted sleep has long been a common complaint for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer’s, sometimes decades before they develop noticeable memory loss.

SpaceX upgraded the Merlin Rocket Engines

Posted in Science on 6th Jan, 2016 09:53 PM
by AlexMuller
A principal objective of the new design was to facilitate booster reusability for a larger range of missions, including delivery of large satellites to geosynchronous orbit.

IARPA wants human-like robot brains; at least, brain-like computers

Posted in Science on 8th Jan, 2016 11:00 AM
by AlexMuller
IARPA is the far-future research projects arm of America’s intelligence agencies, much like DARPA is for the Pentagon.

Do we have free will?

Posted in Science on 9th Jan, 2016 06:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists run the ultimate experiment to find out: a "duel" between human and brain-to-computer interface (BCI).

Cognitive-stimulation experiment suggests new tools for healthy brain aging

Posted in Science on 12th Jan, 2016 01:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Neuroscientists have developed cognitive-stimulation exercises and tested them in a month-long experiment with healthy aging adults.

SpaceX Launch: satellite mission success, booster landing failed

Posted in Hardware on 17th Jan, 2016 11:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Today's mission was successful in sending NASA's Jason-3 ocean monitoring satellite into orbit. However, SpaceX failed to land its rocket stage on the autonomous drone ship.

Lucid Dreaming May Help Us Unravel the Mystery of Consciousness

Posted in Science on 17th Jan, 2016 11:43 PM
by AlexMuller
lucid dreamers have the ability to experience awareness during their dreams by "re-awakening" some aspects of their waking consciousness.

Weak electrical field found to carry information around the brain

Posted in Science on 19th Jan, 2016 01:02 AM
by AlexMuller
In a development that could lead to improved understanding of memory formation, scientists have discovered a new way information may be traveling throughout the brain.

Jurgen Schmidhuber Explains the Big Expectations of AI

Posted in Software on 19th Jan, 2016 09:51 PM
by AlexMuller
'we can probably expect that once we have animal level AI, very soon afterwards we will have something like human-level AI and its not going to stop there.'

Researchers develop dissolvable wireless sensors to monitor brain injury

Posted in Hardware on 19th Jan, 2016 10:00 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have developed biocompatible brain implants that can monitor brain injury before completely dissolving.

IBM research thinks it's solved why the brain uses so much energy

Posted in Science on 20th Jan, 2016 10:25 AM
by AlexMuller
About 90 percent of the energy consumed by the brain is unaccounted for, which is a considerable amount given that the brain takes 20 percent of the body's total energy.

Ebola: $5m vaccine deal announced

Posted in Medicine on 21st Jan, 2016 01:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The deal commits pharmaceutical company Merck to keeping 300,000 vaccines ready for emergency use or further clinical trials.

Memory capacity of brain is 10 times more than previously thought

Posted in Science on 21st Jan, 2016 02:02 PM
by AlexMuller
'Our new measurements of the brain's memory capacity increase conservative estimates by a factor of 10 to at least a petabyte, in the same ballpark as the World Wide Web.'

Implant to 'Plug' Brain into Supercomputers

Posted in Science on 22nd Jan, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
Potential applications of the technology are vast, but in the short term DARPA is hoping to create devices for those with sight or hearing impairments.

Researchers use modified rabies viruses to map the brain

Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2016 09:27 AM
by AlexMuller
Few diseases match rabies' method of self-replication and domination of the brain. The virus multiplies, spreading from cell to cell until the brain cannot support normal function.

Blue Origin launches and lands sub-orbital rocket for second time

Posted in Science on 24th Jan, 2016 02:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The space venture set up by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is among a handful of companies working to develop reusable rockets.

Brain levels of B12 are prematurely low in those with autism or schizophrenia

Posted in Medicine on 24th Jan, 2016 02:09 PM
by AlexMuller
A study has found that B12 levels in the brain are decreased in the elderly and are much lower in those with autism or schizophrenia.

Blocking key protein puts the brakes on leukaemia

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jan, 2016 11:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), an aggressive form of blood cancer, where cell growth controls are neutralized, giving the cancer cells free rein to multiply uncontrollably.

Brain Scans May Identify Children Vulnerable to Depression Before Symptoms Appear

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jan, 2016 11:53 AM
by AlexMuller
A new brain imaging study from MIT may lead to a screen that could identify children at high risk of developing depression later in life.

Harvard is trying to build an AI like the human brain

Posted in Science on 26th Jan, 2016 04:21 PM
by AlexMuller
The bold ambition is the new systems could be used to complete just about any task normally reserved for human brains.

An electric forehead patch could treat PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 28th Jan, 2016 01:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Transcranial magnetic stimulation can help treat depression in patients who dont respond well to drugs. Researchers suspected that TNS might work well for patients with PTSD.

$60M Chip That Will Connect Human Brains to Computers Is In The Works

Posted in Hardware on 31st Jan, 2016 05:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The chip is designed to translate signals sent by neurons into the ones and zeros that computers understand, and vice versa.

Grey Matters: Scientists Link Brain Size and Smarts

Posted in Science on 1st Feb, 2016 06:05 PM
by AlexMuller
Having a big head might not be such a bad thing, if it means you have a gigantic brain. Animals with bigger brains may be better problem-solvers.

Blood pressure medicine may improve conversational skills of individuals with autism

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:00 PM
by AlexMuller
The neurodevelopmental disorder impairs communication and can be treated with medications and therapies, but there is no cure.

An evolutionary approach to AI learning

Posted in Software on 2nd Feb, 2016 05:47 PM
by AlexMuller
AI guru Nick Bostrom highlights the crucial importance of the goal setting process when building a superintelligence.

Luxembourg to support space mining

Posted in Business on 3rd Feb, 2016 03:49 PM
by AlexMuller
The government intends to get behind the mining of asteroids in space. It is going to support R&D in technologies and may even invest directly in some companies.

Mind-altering drugs such as MDMA could be used to cure PTSD

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Feb, 2016 04:01 PM
by AlexMuller
Post-traumatic stress disorder in the U.S. has reached crisis levels. About 8 percent of Americans experience PTSD; for veterans, that number is 30 percent.

Will AI Investors Outsmart the Market?

Posted in Business on 4th Feb, 2016 08:22 PM
by AlexMuller
Deep learning could be good 'for extracting hidden trends, information, and relationships'.

Better Brain Imaging Could Show Computers a Smarter Way to Learn

Posted in Science on 5th Feb, 2016 06:10 PM
by AlexMuller
Using cutting-edge imaging to study the inner workings of our brains could lead to more powerful and useful machine-learning algorithms.

Google deep learning AI software finds its way through a 3D maze by 'sight'

Posted in Software on 6th Feb, 2016 09:02 PM
by AlexMuller
We're one step closer to AI machines that can navigate the real world as humans do.

MIT Dean Takes Leave to Start New Type of University Without Lectures or Classrooms

Posted in Online on 7th Feb, 2016 10:44 PM
by AlexMuller
What if you could start a university from scratch for today’s needs and with today’s technology?

CMU announces research project to reverse-engineer brain algorithms

Posted in Software on 7th Feb, 2016 10:52 PM
by AlexMuller
A Human Genome Project-level plan to make computers learn like humans.

SpaceX Is Gearing Up To Build Lots and Lots of New Rockets

Posted in Business on 7th Feb, 2016 11:01 PM
by AlexMuller
'Now we’re in this factory transformation to go from building six or eight a year to about 18 cores a year. By the end of this year we should be at over 30 cores per year'

How to weld neurons with a laser

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
The technique could lead to new research and treatment methods, including physical reattachment of severed neurons right after injury, the researchers say.

Preservation of a rabbit brain with new cryonics procedure

Posted in Science on 10th Feb, 2016 07:30 PM
by AlexMuller
The Small Mammalian Brain Preservation Prize was won after a protocol was able to preserve an entire rabbit brain with very well-preserved ultrastructure.

When machines can do any job, what will humans do?

Posted in Business on 15th Feb, 2016 05:51 PM
by AlexMuller
Rice University computer scientist Moshe Vardi expects that within 30 years, machines will be capable of doing almost any job that a human can.

Learning to fly a plane from expert-pilot brainwave patterns

Posted in Science on 15th Feb, 2016 06:02 PM
by AlexMuller
Novice pilots who received brain stimulation via electrode-embedded head caps improved their piloting abilities, with a 33 percent increase in skill consistency.

Where Artificial Intelligence Is Now and What’s Just Around the Corner

Posted in Hardware on 16th Feb, 2016 08:01 PM
by AlexMuller
'For 50 years, we've ideated about this idea of AI. But it's only been in the last few years that we've seen a fundamental transformation in this technology.'

Mini-brains to help us understand how chemicals affect the brain

Posted in Medicine on 17th Feb, 2016 08:24 PM
by AlexMuller
In recent years, scientists have turned to "mini-brains", tiny lab-grown balls of brain cells, to test pharmaceuticals or better understand the causes of some diseases.

New drug could prevent impaired memory in schizophrenia sufferers

Posted in Medicine on 19th Feb, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
A mutation thwarts the development of neurons that connect two parts of the brain together, the prefrontal cortex and the hippocampus, while the brain is forming.

Studying 'ripples' in the brain that could underlie memory formation

Posted in Medicine on 21st Feb, 2016 02:36 PM
by AlexMuller
Caltech neuroscientists have looked inside brain cells as they undergo the intense bursts of neural activity known as "ripples" that are thought to underlie memory formation.

The blind or deaf brain rewires itself to boost the remaining senses

Posted in Science on 23rd Feb, 2016 04:20 AM
by AlexMuller
There is mounting evidence that people missing one sense don't just learn to use the others better. The brain adapts to the loss by giving itself a makeover.

Obesity linked to 'worse memory'

Posted in Medicine on 27th Feb, 2016 02:39 PM
by AlexMuller
Tests on 50 people showed being overweight was linked to worse "episodic memory" or the ability to remember past experiences.

Pentagon Research Could Make 'Brain Modem' a Reality

Posted in Science on 28th Feb, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
Until recently, an impossible technological feat: developing a high-bandwidth neural interface that would allow people to beam data from their minds to external devices and back.

Mental abilities are shaped by individual differences in the brain

Posted in Science on 29th Feb, 2016 11:32 AM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests that brains also have different traits that affect both anatomical and cognitive factors, such as intelligence and memory.

Why are only 20% of synapses active during neurotransmission?

Posted in Science on 1st Mar, 2016 01:29 PM
by AlexMuller
Silent synapses hint at a mechanism of information coding in the brain that’s yet to be revealed, researchers hypothesize.

Three British researchers win 'Brain Prize' for UK research on memory mechanisms

Posted in Science on 2nd Mar, 2016 11:42 AM
by AlexMuller
British researchers have won a 1 million euro prize, awarded each year for an "outstanding contribution to European neuroscience".

SpaceX has at last managed to launch its latest mission; first stage landing failed as predicted

Posted in Hardware on 5th Mar, 2016 01:34 PM
by AlexMuller
The Falcon has placed a telecoms satellite in orbit for the Luxembourg operator SES.

People with anxiety show fundamental differences in perception

Posted in Medicine on 6th Mar, 2016 12:31 PM
by AlexMuller
People with anxiety are less able to distinguish between a "safe" stimulus and one that was associated with the threat of money loss or gain.

Zika caught killing brain cells

Posted in Medicine on 7th Mar, 2016 03:04 PM
by AlexMuller
Zika was able to destroy or disrupt the growth of neural progenitor cells, which build the brain and nervous system, in lab tests.

Deep learning helps robots perfect complex tasks and skills

Posted in Software on 9th Mar, 2016 03:56 PM
by AlexMuller
The new use of deep-reinforcement learning strategy opens the way for training robots to carry out increasingly complex tasks, such as housework.

Blue Origin hopes to send tourists into space in 2018

Posted in Science on 10th Mar, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Amazon CEO and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos said he hopes to begin launching crewed test flights in 2017.

Artificial intelligence: Google's AlphaGo beats Go master Lee Sedol

Posted in Software on 12th Mar, 2016 08:29 PM
by AlexMuller
A computer program has beaten a master Go player 3-0 in a best-of-five competition, in what is seen as a landmark for AI.

Facebook is donating servers to speed up Artificial Intelligence research

Posted in Software on 14th Mar, 2016 05:11 PM
by AlexMuller
The big tech companies investing in AI research, as studies suggest that the impact of AI over the next decades will be enormous.

Future brain therapies for Parkinson's possible with stem cell bioengineering

Posted in Medicine on 17th Mar, 2016 06:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Scientists developed a novel way to inject healthy human nerve cells into the brain.

South Korean government announces nearly $1 billion in AI funding

Posted in Software on 17th Mar, 2016 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
SK announced it would spend 1T won (US$840 million) by 2020 to forward AI. It seems that everyone wants to get in on the AI revolution.

This Amazing Computer Chip Is Made of Live Brain Cells

Posted in Hardware on 18th Mar, 2016 07:42 PM
by AlexMuller
So what if we could harness the power of the human brain by using actual brain cells to power the next generation of computers?

Electrical brain stimulation could boost benefits of stroke rehabilitation

Posted in Medicine on 20th Mar, 2016 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Research indicates that transcranial direct current stimulation during therapy might help stroke patients recover more movement.

Exploring the risks of artificial intelligence

Posted in Software on 21st Mar, 2016 10:49 AM
by AlexMuller
'Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next ten.'

DARPA is using peripheral nerve stimulation to accelerate learning

Posted in Science on 21st Mar, 2016 11:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Unlike many of DARPA’s neuroscience and neurotechnology endeavors, it will aim not just to restore lost function but to advance capabilities beyond normal levels.

A more precise way to measure your brain

Posted in Science on 22nd Mar, 2016 06:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Measuring activity in the brain can tell us a lot about how a brain functions, as well as when the functioning is disrupted.

SpaceX's Big Plan To Launch Rockets Every Few Weeks

Posted in Science on 23rd Mar, 2016 08:17 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has long talked about launching payloads into orbit as often as once per week. Now, that dream may be slowly becoming a reality.

Neurons involved in working memory fire in bursts, not continuously

Posted in Science on 24th Mar, 2016 07:32 PM
by AlexMuller
By having these different bursts coming at different moments in time, you can keep different items in memory separate from one another.

Video Gaming Is Entirely Beneficial for Cognitive Functioning, Says New Study

Posted in Games on 25th Mar, 2016 04:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A team of psychologists reports that playing video games is associated with lots of positive cognitive and mental health outcomes.

The race is on to develop and control Artificial Intelligence

Posted in Business on 26th Mar, 2016 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
The tech industry’s biggest companies, like Amazon, Google, IBM, Microsoft and Facebook, are jockeying to become the go-to platform for A.I.

Men more vulnerable to developing depression from long-term stress

Posted in Medicine on 28th Mar, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Research has shown that repeated stress can translate into depression.

IBM wants to accelerate AI learning with new processor tech

Posted in Hardware on 29th Mar, 2016 12:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Resistive chips could speed up neural network training 30,000 times.

Lawrence Livermore National Lab and IBM build brain-inspired computer

Posted in Hardware on 31st Mar, 2016 09:13 AM
by AlexMuller
The project is focusing on cognitive AI tasks such as pattern recognition and sensory processing.

Paul Allen doubles down on artificial intelligence research in Seattle

Posted in Software on 2nd Apr, 2016 08:33 AM
by AlexMuller
Allen's AI2 project is attempting a much bigger challenge than Go; teaching a computer to be a mastermind in all disciplines of science.

Blue Origin just launched and landed its reusable rocket for the third time

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:02 AM
by AlexMuller
Bezos said the first crewed test flights of the New Shepard will begin in 2017, with the first tourists going up in 2018.

Largest network of cortical neurons mapped from 100 terabytes of data

Posted in Science on 3rd Apr, 2016 10:17 AM
by AlexMuller
"Functional connectomics" research bridges the gap between function and wiring in the brain, a major step in an IARPA project to create a roadmap to reverse-engineer the brain.

Dharmendra Modha Discusses the Roadmap for Neuromorphic Computing

Posted in Software on 5th Apr, 2016 12:14 PM
by AlexMuller
IBM is developing energy-efficient, brain-inspired machines that mimic the brain’s abilities for perception, action, and cognition.

Brain structure is different in people who have insomnia

Posted in Medicine on 7th Apr, 2016 03:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers used a special imaging technique to determine that people with insomnia have variations in amount of white matter, which links different parts of the brain.

SpaceX reusable rocket lands on ocean platform for the first time

Posted in Hardware on 9th Apr, 2016 03:32 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon musk hopes to launch landed rocket booster again in May or June. Bigelow inflatable habitat to be delivered to the ISS.

Research Describes How the Brain Learns Sequences, a Key For Intelligence

Posted in Science on 13th Apr, 2016 06:23 PM
by AlexMuller
A theory of how the brain learns and understands sequences of patterns may be an essential component for intelligent machines.

Brain scan software can spot adults with autism

Posted in Science on 18th Apr, 2016 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
Subjects only needed to spend about 10 minutes in the machine and didn't have to perform any special tasks.

Migraine may permanently change brain structure

Posted in Medicine on 19th Apr, 2016 11:12 AM
by AlexMuller
The study found that migraine raised the risk of brain lesions, white matter abnormalities and altered brain volume compared to people without the disorder.

European scientists set eyes on ice moon Europa

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:19 AM
by AlexMuller
European scientists are meeting to consider options for exploring Europa, a moon of Jupiter. They have ideas that could fit as add-ons to US missions that are to be launched in the 2020s.

Scientists pinpoint where in the brain we process facial expressions

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 02:49 AM
by AlexMuller
While we're not conscious of it, when you're looking at someone making a facial expression, there's a whole part of our brains that deals with decoding the information.

Psychologists study awe astronauts feel viewing Earth from space

Posted in Science on 21st Apr, 2016 03:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Astronauts who experience Earth from orbit often report feelings of awe and wonder, of being transformed. This is called the "overview effect".

First blood test for Parkinson’s detects the disease much sooner

Posted in Medicine on 22nd Apr, 2016 02:43 AM
by AlexMuller
The blood test is based on a discovery that over-active mitochondria are responsible for the buildup of toxic products responsible for the cell damage in Parkinson’s.

Glasgow University scientists crack brain 'Enigma code'

Posted in Science on 24th Apr, 2016 09:27 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers have discovered what two parts of the brain are saying to one another when processing visual images.

Google reportedly starting an in-house startup incubator

Posted in Business on 25th Apr, 2016 01:52 PM
by AlexMuller
The plan is to allow entrepreneurial Googlers and their teams to develop their ideas with Google's support and funding and potentially branch out with Google as an investor.

First happiness genes have been located

Posted in Science on 26th Apr, 2016 12:23 PM
by AlexMuller
Genetic overlap between happiness, depression discovered.

Brain's 'atlas' of words revealed

Posted in Science on 28th Apr, 2016 11:45 AM
by AlexMuller
Scientists in the US have mapped out how the brain organises language.

OpenAI launches Gym, a toolkit for testing learning algorithms

Posted in Software on 28th Apr, 2016 12:05 PM
by AlexMuller
OpenAI, the nonprofit artificial intelligence research company established last year with backing from several Silicon Valley figures, today announced its first product:

SpaceX plans to ramp up to weekly launches by 2019 and twice a week by 2021

Posted in Hardware on 1st May, 2016 08:31 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX is ramping up to two launches per month through 2016.

Deep neural networks that identify shapes nearly as well as humans

Posted in Science on 3rd May, 2016 03:38 PM
by AlexMuller
'we’re on the right track in developing machines with a visual system and vocabulary as flexible and versatile as ours.'

Bipolar disorder has genetic links to autism, a new study shows

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2016 04:48 PM
by AlexMuller
A new study suggests there may be an overlap between rare genetic variations linked to bipolar disorder and those implicated in schizophrenia and autism.

SpaceX successfully lands its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating drone ship again

Posted in Science on 6th May, 2016 05:26 PM
by AlexMuller
Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process.

Bee model could be breakthrough for autonomous drones

Posted in Software on 6th May, 2016 05:31 PM
by AlexMuller
A computer model of how bees use vision to avoid hitting walls could be a breakthrough in the development of autonomous drones.

Music improves baby brain responses to music and speech

Posted in Science on 8th May, 2016 07:04 PM
by AlexMuller
'This means that early, engaging musical experiences can have a more global effect on cognitive skills.'

More on the OpenAI "Robot Gym" for Artificial Intelligence Training

Posted in Science on 9th May, 2016 04:49 PM
by AlexMuller
Elon Musk has developed a $1 billion-program "Robot Gym" to train AI. He says he wanted the robots to be as versatile as humans when it comes to thinking.

Researchers develop electronic devices that can melt in the brain

Posted in Hardware on 10th May, 2016 05:38 PM
by AlexMuller
Bioresorbable devices promise to help eliminate the risks, cost, and discomfort associated with surgical extraction of current devices.

Thought-reading headset lets users speak their mind

Posted in Medicine on 12th May, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Combining a wireless connected EEG headset from Emotiv and an assistive communication app, Smartstones is bringing speech to those who have difficulty communicating verbally.

Dreaming brain rhythms lock in memories

Posted in Medicine on 13th May, 2016 10:42 PM
by AlexMuller
REM sleep is the phase during which, at least in humans, dreams take place; The question of whether it is important for settling new memories has been difficult to answer.

Accelerated learning from low current brain stimulation

Posted in Science on 14th May, 2016 09:23 PM
by AlexMuller
"Students, employees, and athletes could potentially benefit, as could those with traumatic brain injury who have impaired memory."

Cells carry 'memory' of injury, which could reveal why chronic pain persists

Posted in Medicine on 16th May, 2016 03:09 PM
by AlexMuller
Seemingly innocuous injuries leave molecular 'footprints' which add up to lasting damage, and ultimately chronic pain.

Clinical Trial Will Attempt to Bring Braindead Humans Back to Life

Posted in Medicine on 16th May, 2016 03:19 PM
by AlexMuller
A health watchdog organization has approved a new trial that will attempt to revive technically dead humans using their own stem cells.

Carnigie Mellon will host its first Neurohackathon to solve human brain research goals

Posted in Science on 22nd May, 2016 11:52 AM
by AlexMuller
'Getting these smart and creative young minds to look at neural data will bring 21st century tools and ideas to brain science research'

India launches mini space shuttle

Posted in Hardware on 23rd May, 2016 11:21 AM
by AlexMuller
India has launched an unmanned model space shuttle, joining the race to develop reusable spacecraft.

Sensor detects signs of cancer, Alzheimer's, and Parkinson's

Posted in Medicine on 24th May, 2016 11:37 AM
by AlexMuller
The biosensor is able to detect molecules linked to various cancers and neurological diseases for rapid diagnosis.

SpaceX launches satellite and makes an ocean landing

Posted in Hardware on 28th May, 2016 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX has for the fourth time landed the Falcon 9’s first stage after a challenging orbital launch. Its the third time that they landed a rocket on a moving robotic barge at sea.

Dead Brain Cells May Inhibit Function In Neurodegenerative Disease

Posted in Medicine on 28th May, 2016 08:05 PM
by AlexMuller
A study claims that in neurodegenerative diseases, the brain's cleaning process is impaired.

A Simple Test Could Predict Whether a Comatose Patient Will Ever Wake Up

Posted in Science on 28th May, 2016 09:28 PM
by AlexMuller
Overall, the cerebral metabolic rate accounted for the imminent return of awareness in 94 per cent of patients.

MRI scans prove schizophrenic brains attempt self-repair

Posted in Science on 29th May, 2016 01:22 PM
by AlexMuller
The findings point the way to the development of targeted treatments that potentially could better address some of the core pathology in schizophrenia"

Stanford researchers 'stunned' by stem cell experiment that helped stroke patient walk

Posted in Medicine on 3rd Jun, 2016 10:06 PM
by AlexMuller
The results appear to contradict a core belief about brain damage, that it is permanent and irreversible.

Google considers making a "big red button" to stop dangerous AI

Posted in Software on 4th Jun, 2016 07:59 PM
by AlexMuller
Google in conjunction with The Future of Humanity Institute, has released a study that determines how we would stop an AI if it were to go rogue.

Tumor-killing virus nearly doubles survival time of brain cancer patients

Posted in Science on 5th Jun, 2016 06:58 PM
by AlexMuller
Instead of directly killing a cancer cell, the virus lays the groundwork for targeted drug strikes.

Supplements may prevent and reverse damage to aging brain

Posted in Medicine on 6th Jun, 2016 07:20 PM
by AlexMuller
It's a mixture scientists believe could someday slow the progress of catastrophic neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's, ALS and Parkinson's.

SpaceX could drive launch costs to low earth orbit below $1000 per pound this year and down to $10 per pound by 2025

Posted in Hardware on 8th Jun, 2016 02:44 AM
by AlexMuller
Full reusability can result in "a two order of magnitude reduction in the cost of spaceflight.

SpaceX Set to Reuse Rocket Stage For the First Time

Posted in Science on 9th Jun, 2016 12:05 AM
by AlexMuller
Though a seven-month turnaround isn’t bad, the company eventually hopes that it can cut down the time to a matter of weeks.

Some Antidepressants Might Actually Be Harmful to Children and Teens

Posted in Medicine on 11th Jun, 2016 09:42 AM
by AlexMuller
The effectiveness and risks of these drugs remain unclear due to the small number of clinical trials, many of which are flawed.

SpaceX is disrupting the space industry so all future launch systems must be reusable, use additive manufacturing

Posted in Hardware on 11th Jun, 2016 06:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Launch providers including in China and India now have to rethink how to drive down cost.

Research showing why hierarchy exists will aid the development of AI

Posted in Science on 12th Jun, 2016 06:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Connections in biological networks are expensive, and there is therefore an evolutionary pressure to reduce the number of connections.

SpaceX launches two communications satellites, but crash lands booster on drone ship

Posted in Hardware on 15th Jun, 2016 11:52 PM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX successfully deployed both satellites, marking on all accounts a successful mission for today’s launch.

Ultrasound Opens the Brain to Promising Drugs

Posted in Medicine on 17th Jun, 2016 04:23 AM
by AlexMuller
Opening the blood-brain barrier with ultrasound helps remove the amyloid-β protein thought to be responsible for Alzheimer’s even without using any drugs.

Exercise four hours after learning 'boosts memory'

Posted in Science on 18th Jun, 2016 10:37 PM
by AlexMuller
Exercise is known to release proteins that can boost the part of the brain related to memory, and this study suggests the timing of it is crucial.

How Your Workplace Environment Affect Brain Function

Posted in Science on 20th Jun, 2016 01:15 PM
by AlexMuller
Cognitive decline were observed in both men and women exposed to dirty working environments.

Up to half of UK people living in chronic pain

Posted in Science on 21st Jun, 2016 12:06 PM
by AlexMuller
With an ageing population, it is predicted the toll will rise in the future.

Stanford AI achieves 72-75.8% accuracy in understanding news articles

Posted in Software on 22nd Jun, 2016 10:41 AM
by AlexMuller
Enabling a computer to understand a document so that it can answer comprehension questions is a central goal of language processing.

Research finds technique for early detection of Alzheimer's in animals

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jun, 2016 08:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The work paves the way for a human trial with the technology, which could lead to a noninvasive means of detecting the disease.

Brexit big blow to UK science, say top British scientists

Posted in Science on 25th Jun, 2016 09:07 PM
by AlexMuller
Leave vote sparks concerns over losing £1bn a year in funding and closing doors on researchers from EU countries.

Artificial Intelligence Explodes: New Deal Activity Record For AI Startups

Posted in Business on 26th Jun, 2016 12:43 PM
by AlexMuller
In Q1'16, there were over 140 deals to startups focused on AI. Khosla Ventures emerges as most active VC investor in the category.

Artificial synapse said to rival biological synapses in energy consumption and function

Posted in Science on 28th Jun, 2016 01:47 PM
by AlexMuller
An artificial synapse that emulates a biological synapse while requiring less energy has been developed by POSTECH researchers in Korea.

Texting Produces an Entirely New Kind of Brain Wave Pattern

Posted in Science on 29th Jun, 2016 04:18 PM
by AlexMuller
The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work.

HTC Vive announces $10 billion VR Venture Capital Alliance

Posted in Business on 30th Jun, 2016 04:25 PM
by AlexMuller
HTC is certainly looking to do its part to make sure that the headset technologies it is building have a broader ecosystem to fall into.

Current stimulation to the brain partially restores vision in patients with glaucoma and nerve damage

Posted in Medicine on 1st Jul, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
There is now more light at the end of the tunnel for patients with low vision or blindness following glaucoma and optic nerve damage.

Bacteria in the gut have been spotted eating brain chemicals for the first time

Posted in Science on 2nd Jul, 2016 03:16 PM
by AlexMuller
It up could help explain why the gut microbiome seems to affect mood.

Neurons grown from stem cells in a dish reveal clues about autism

Posted in Science on 11th Jul, 2016 06:47 PM
by AlexMuller
Neurons grown from stem cells in a dish reveal clues about autism.

Allen Brain Observatory launched

Posted in Science on 14th Jul, 2016 05:32 PM
by AlexMuller
The Allen Institute is known for its comprehensive brain atlases, high-quality data sets revealing where genes are expressed and how cells and connections are arranged.

VCs are getting serious about spacetech

Posted in Business on 17th Jul, 2016 07:46 PM
by AlexMuller
What's clear is that we've entered a virtuous cycle in spacetech, where VCs are encouraged enough by a handful of successes to invest further in the sector.

SpaceX successfully brings a rocket back to the land for the second time

Posted in Hardware on 18th Jul, 2016 09:29 AM
by AlexMuller
The landing marks the second time SpaceX recovered a rocket on land and their fifth recovered first stage in all.

Working full-time could be bad for your brain after a certain age

Posted in Science on 20th Jul, 2016 07:53 PM
by AlexMuller
An international team of researchers tested 3,000 Australian men and 3,500 women over the age of 40

SpaceX will try to land three rocket boosters at once

Posted in Hardware on 20th Jul, 2016 08:18 PM
by AlexMuller
Falcon Heavy rocket is slated to launch later this year. And if all goes as planned, all three boosters could come down for nearly simultaneous landings.

Brain map carves cortex into twice as many areas

Posted in Science on 21st Jul, 2016 10:12 PM
by AlexMuller
It has been mapped in various ways for centuries, but this new effort is a landmark attempt at a definitive, modern atlas for neuroscientists.

Imaging method identifies common brain disorders

Posted in Medicine on 25th Jul, 2016 11:04 PM
by AlexMuller
New chemical allows for measuring the density of synapses in the entire brain in vivo for the first time, using a PET scan.

Synaptic bridges help brain cells communicate

Posted in Science on 29th Jul, 2016 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Neurons rely on complicated surrounding processes in order to communicate with each other.

SpaceX receives order for second manned mission

Posted in Science on 30th Jul, 2016 11:30 PM
by AlexMuller
NASA says that the new contract will put the United States back into the manned spaceflight game and free US crews to spend more time on scientific research.

Scientists grow mini human brains

Posted in Science on 31st Jul, 2016 07:52 PM
by AlexMuller
Mini midbrains provide next generation platforms to investigate human brain biology, diseases and therapeutics, report scientists.

Being overweight 'ages people's brains'

Posted in Science on 5th Aug, 2016 05:12 PM
by AlexMuller
The brains of overweight people look "10 years older" than those of leaner peers, a study has found.

Implantable neural dust powered by ultrasound within a body

Posted in Science on 6th Aug, 2016 03:27 PM
by AlexMuller
First in vivo tests demonstrate ultrasound can be used to wirelessly power and communicate with millimeter-scale devices surgically placed in muscles and nerves.

AI Saves Woman's Life By Identifying Her Disease When Other Methods (humans) Failed

Posted in Science on 7th Aug, 2016 12:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Reports assert that Japanese doctors have, for the first time in history, used AI to detect a type of leukemia, which helped to save a patient's life.

Study reveals new measure of intelligence involving temporal variability of brain areas

Posted in Medicine on 9th Aug, 2016 04:50 PM
by AlexMuller
Results could be applied to building advanced deep neural networks and treating mental-health patients.

Why is now the time for artificial intelligence?

Posted in Science on 13th Aug, 2016 04:40 PM
by AlexMuller
A.I. has been on the cusp of the mainstream for the past 40 years, but 2016 is the year it’s become a buzzword.

Pain reliever eliminates Alzheimer's symptoms, in mice

Posted in Medicine on 13th Aug, 2016 06:33 PM
by AlexMuller
Mefenamic acid is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, commonly used to relieve pain.

SpaceX successfully lands its sixth Falcon 9 rocket after launch

Posted in Science on 14th Aug, 2016 05:02 PM
by AlexMuller
And the fourth drone ship landing.

Brain-robot training triggers improvement in paralysis

Posted in Medicine on 14th Aug, 2016 05:21 PM
by AlexMuller
Researchers believe the treatment is reawakening the brain's control over surviving nerves in the spine.

The first 5 A.I. 'employees' you will hire

Posted in Business on 16th Aug, 2016 05:32 PM
by AlexMuller
AIs will shake up entire markets, and it all starts with employees.

Elon Musk's OpenAI continues to poach talent

Posted in Software on 18th Aug, 2016 12:39 AM
by AlexMuller
Since announced in December 2015, Elon Musk and Sam Altman's OpenAI has recruited some of the foremost names in modern artificial intelligence research.

Schizophrenia emerged after humans diverged from Neanderthals

Posted in Medicine on 18th Aug, 2016 12:28 AM
by AlexMuller
Schizophrenia poses an evolutionary enigma. The disorder has persisted throughout recorded history.

Intel Bets Big on Deep Learning

Posted in Software on 19th Aug, 2016 08:54 PM
by AlexMuller
In a deal rivaling Google's acquisition of DeepMind, Intel has agreed to acquire Nervana Systems, a company that specializes in deep learning technology.

AI to explain its conclusions and its reasoning to humans

Posted in Software on 19th Aug, 2016 09:16 PM
by AlexMuller
AI systems offer tremendous benefits, but their effectiveness would be limited by a machine's inability to explain its decisions and actions to humans.

SpaceX Dragon home from ISS

Posted in Science on 27th Aug, 2016 02:19 PM
by AlexMuller
The mission was SpaceX's ninth of 20 planned under a NASA resupply contract worth up to $3.1 billion.

A Simple Phone Game Could Diagnose Autism

Posted in Software on 28th Aug, 2016 11:43 AM
by AlexMuller
They aim to diagnose autism with a simple game played on a phone or tablet. In a recent study, they took a significant stride towards reaching that goal.

Artificial Intelligence will chomp down a chunk of India’s present knowledge economy

Posted in Software on 28th Aug, 2016 12:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Artificial intelligence (AI) is capable of taking on tasks that require analytical skills.

Expert calls for long-term blueprint for China's AI industry

Posted in Hardware on 30th Aug, 2016 07:15 PM
by AlexMuller
In 2015, the global AI market stood at $127 billion, Tan said, adding the figure is predicted to reach $165 billion this year and to exceed $200 billion in 2018.

Researchers discover machines can learn by simply observing

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2016 10:01 PM
by AlexMuller
It is now possible for machines to learn how natural or artificial systems work by simply observing them, without being told what to look for.

7 Key Factors Driving the Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Posted in Business on 31st Aug, 2016 10:14 PM
by AlexMuller
Jacobstein imagines in a future in which there's a symbiosis between human and machine intelligence.

SES company first to launch satellite on a 'second-hand' SpaceX rocket

Posted in Hardware on 31st Aug, 2016 10:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Luxembourg-based SES says it is going to be the first commercial satellite operator to launch a spacecraft on a "second-hand" rocket.

SpaceX rocket explodes at Cape Canaveral ahead of launch

Posted in Science on 2nd Sep, 2016 02:14 AM
by AlexMuller
A rocket operated by the aerospace company SpaceX has exploded on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral where it was being test-fired ahead of a launch.

Apple chief Tim Cook says tax ruling 'maddening'

Posted in Business on 2nd Sep, 2016 02:30 AM
by AlexMuller
Tim Cook says the European Commission ruling that Apple should pay billions of euros in back taxes to the Republic of Ireland is "maddening" and "political".

Will chatbots ever hold a 'real' conversation?

Posted in Business on 3rd Sep, 2016 04:14 AM
by AlexMuller
The biggest question seems to be whether chatbots can be useful enough to convincingly replace a complex human conversation.

Ultrasound jump-starts brain of man in coma

Posted in Science on 4th Sep, 2016 12:33 AM
by AlexMuller
New non-invasive technique may lead to low-cost therapy for patients with severe brain injury, possibly for those in a vegetative or minimally conscious state.

SpaceX says it can continue launching rockets from two other launch pads

Posted in Hardware on 5th Sep, 2016 06:06 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX says it can continue launching vehicles from its two other launch sites, one in California and another one in Cape Canaveral.

Stressed? We're teaching computers to help handle our feelings

Posted in Software on 6th Sep, 2016 03:33 AM
by AlexMuller
A program that aims to deliver the right words at the right time

Physicists Go Hunting for Consciousness

Posted in Science on 7th Sep, 2016 09:03 PM
by AlexMuller
It was only recently that physicists shifted their attentions from concepts like the Big Bang, quantum information and began tendering their two cents on consciousness.

IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence XPRIZE -Using AI in new ways to solve the World's biggest problems

Posted in Software on 8th Sep, 2016 02:31 PM
by AlexMuller
The goal is also to accelerate the understanding and adoption of AI’s most promising breakthroughs.

Sleep 'prioritizes memories we care about'

Posted in Medicine on 11th Sep, 2016 10:20 AM
by AlexMuller
A study has found that during sleep, the experiences you care about are more likely to enter your long-term memory.

Brains and AI Neural networks are powerful thanks to physics, not math

Posted in Software on 12th Sep, 2016 09:19 AM
by AlexMuller
The very nature of the universe helps deep learning computers solve problems quickly.

Jeff Bezos has designs for larger reusable rockets than the SpaceX Falcon Heavy

Posted in Hardware on 13th Sep, 2016 10:32 AM
by AlexMuller
Amazon boss has revealed details of the big, reusable rocket he has been developing inside Blue Origin space company.

The NIH will track brains of 10,000 kids as they grow up

Posted in Science on 14th Sep, 2016 09:39 AM
by AlexMuller
The massive brain development study will span a decade

AI will eliminate 6 percent of US jobs in five years, says report

Posted in Business on 14th Sep, 2016 10:00 AM
by AlexMuller
Within 5 years AI will eliminate many positions in customer service, trucking and taxi services, amounting to 6 percent of jobs, according to a Forrester report.

SpaceX Will Start Launching Rockets Again in November

Posted in Business on 15th Sep, 2016 10:03 AM
by AlexMuller
SpaceX had both the first flight of its massive Falcon Heavy and the first re-flight of a Falcon 9 rocket scheduled to go up this fall. Both of those flights were pushed back.

Researchers Develop New Understandings of Memory Formation with Brain Simulation

Posted in Science on 15th Sep, 2016 10:15 AM
by AlexMuller
A remarkable property of the network is its ability to retrieve previously stored memories from incomplete or degraded versions.

Musk outlines his vision for Mars colony and the future of space

Posted in Hardware on 28th Sep, 2016 06:43 PM
by AlexMuller
Entrepreneur Elon Musk has outlined his vision for establishing a human colony on Mars for people that can afford a $200,000 ticket price.

Human Brain Atlas Updated with Unprecedented Resolution

Posted in Software on 29th Sep, 2016 04:58 PM
by AlexMuller
The new Allen Brain Atlas combines neuroimaging and tissue staining to offer an unprecedented level of resolution.

Google, Facebook, Amazon join forces on future of AI

Posted in Software on 29th Sep, 2016 05:50 PM
by AlexMuller
The world's biggest technology companies are joining forces to consider the future of artificial intelligence.

Plumes on Europa Might Confirm Suspicions of Water Beneath Its Icy Crust

Posted in Science on 30th Sep, 2016 04:25 PM
by AlexMuller
Several missions are scheduled to investigate these findings.

SpaceX sets a date to return to orbit following the Falcon 9 launchpad explosion

Posted in Science on 1st Oct, 2016 02:29 PM
by AlexMuller
The company appears ready to get back on the orbital horse with plans for its next launch set for as soon as November.

Scientists uncover how a fluctuating brain network may make us better thinkers

Posted in Medicine on 2nd Oct, 2016 04:44 AM
by AlexMuller
When the brain is more integrated people do better on complex tasks.

SpaceX will invest $1 billion towards advanced engine systems

Posted in Business on 5th Oct, 2016 08:55 AM
by AlexMuller
Musk is spending tens of millions per year on developing his Mars colonization plans and the hardware for it. This will scale up to $200-300 million per year by 2018 or so.

Study Finds Alcohol Creates Effects of Fast-Acting Antidepressant

Posted in Science on 6th Oct, 2016 08:41 AM
by AlexMuller
The effects of alcohol on depression take effect quickly and can last up to 24 hours, the study found.

OK, Google - who will win the AI wars?

Posted in Software on 8th Oct, 2016 05:54 AM
by AlexMuller
"We're moving from a mobile first to an AI-first world."

University Health System is first in state to use totally non-invasive brain surgery

Posted in Medicine on 11th Oct, 2016 08:36 AM
by AlexMuller
Gamma Knife technology allows unparalleled precision for surgeons, speedy recoveries for patients.

DeepMind Unleashes Another AI Breakthrough

Posted in Software on 13th Oct, 2016 02:10 PM
by AlexMuller
The system can learn from examples like neural networks, but they can also store complex data like computers.

China Has Overtaken the U.S. In AI Research

Posted in Science on 16th Oct, 2016 09:53 AM
by AlexMuller
Lagging behind in AI research could put the U.S. at a disadvantage if other countries get the opportunity to dictate how the technology is used.

SARA seeks to give artificial intelligence people skills

Posted in Software on 16th Oct, 2016 09:59 AM
by AlexMuller
Using cameras and a microphone, the Socially Aware Robot Assistant is able to not only listen to your queries but take in how you are feeling about the interaction.

Researchers predict with high accuracy if antidepressants will help

Posted in Medicine on 16th Oct, 2016 10:10 AM
by AlexMuller
Researchers were able to predict at 80% if antidepressants would help patients by analyzing their brain and personal history.

Uncovering depression's web in the brain

Posted in Medicine on 20th Oct, 2016 02:48 PM
by AlexMuller
Depression could come down to stronger and weaker connections between various parts of the brain.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks space can be the new internet

Posted in Science on 21st Oct, 2016 03:41 PM
by AlexMuller
Bezos says that space is the next frontier, a new internet, that is desperately lacking in infrastructure to support new entrepreneurs.

$100 million investment to unlock the power of the human brain and make our neural code programmable

Posted in Medicine on 21st Oct, 2016 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
To our great detriment, we understand very little about the human brain.

Migraine sufferers have more nitrate-reducing microbes in their mouths

Posted in Medicine on 23rd Oct, 2016 05:25 PM
by AlexMuller
"perhaps there are connections between what people are eating, their microbiomes and their experiences with migraine."

Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to Amputees Using Neural Signals

Posted in Medicine on 27th Oct, 2016 04:37 PM
by AlexMuller
By directly stimulating the nervous system, scientists have been able to produce realistic sensations to test patients.

Neurons from stem cells replace damaged neurons, precisely rewiring into the brain

Posted in Science on 30th Oct, 2016 09:43 PM
by AlexMuller
The transplanted neurons were fully integrated in the brain, showing functional properties indistinguishable from the original neurons.

A new imaging technique maps serotonin activity in living brains

Posted in Science on 1st Nov, 2016 03:30 PM
by AlexMuller
Imaging technique that creates 3D video of serotonin transport could aid antidepressant development.

Study debunks consensus that math abilities are innate

Posted in Science on 2nd Nov, 2016 03:46 PM
by AlexMuller
A new theory on how the brain first learns basic math could alter approaches to identifying and teaching students with math-learning disabilities.

New Alzheimer’s drug developed by Merck clears milestone in human clinical Trial

Posted in Medicine on 4th Nov, 2016 03:08 PM
by AlexMuller
A brain plaque inhibitor is now being tested in larger studies for efficacy against the neurodegenerative disease.

Brain-scanning helmet will allow brains to be studied on the go

Posted in Hardware on 6th Nov, 2016 01:53 PM
by AlexMuller
The technology will allow for investigations to be carried out into people with exceptional talents and also those with degenerative brain disorders.

Neuroscience review reframes 'mind-wandering' and mental illness

Posted in Science on 7th Nov, 2016 01:40 PM
by AlexMuller
Mind-wandering is not far from creative thinking.

fMRI Brain scan better than polygraph test in spotting lies

Posted in Science on 12th Nov, 2016 04:28 PM
by AlexMuller
When someone is lying, areas of the brain linked to decision-making are activated, which lights up on an fMRI scan for experts to see.

A research Team Think They Have Found the Physical Location of Consciousness

Posted in Medicine on 13th Nov, 2016 11:59 PM
by AlexMuller
A team may have figured out its physical origins of consciousness in the brain, after pinpointing a network of three specific regions.

Manipulating One Brain Protein Could Allow Us to Prevent Alzheimer’s

Posted in Medicine on 21st Nov, 2016 12:19 PM
by AlexMuller
Most research on Alzheimer's is around beta-amyloid in the brain that's suspected of causing plaques associated with the disease.

New neural-network algorithm learns directly from human instructions instead of examples

Posted in Software on 28th Nov, 2016 02:08 PM
by AlexMuller
Humans conventionally teach neural networks by providing labelled data and asking the network to make decisions based on the samples.

Tracking large neural networks in the brain by making neurons glow

Posted in Science on 2nd Dec, 2016 04:04 PM
by AlexMuller
A new kind of bioluminescent sensor causes individual brain cells to glow in the dark, giving scientists a new tool to track what’s happening in the brain.

Lack of sleep may disrupt development of a child's brain

Posted in Science on 4th Dec, 2016 11:25 AM
by AlexMuller
New brain scans reveal sleep deprivation damages children's brains more than previously thought.

Elon Musk’s OpenAI is Using Reddit to Teach An Artificial Intelligence How to Speak

Posted in Software on 5th Dec, 2016 03:28 PM
by AlexMuller
The supercomputer will tackle the most difficult challenges facing the artificial intelligence industry.