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The Human Connectome Project zeroes in on the firmware of the brain

Posted on 07/27 20:19 in Shows | 0

As it turns out, the brain as computer analogy has its shortfalls.“The brain is not like a computer that can support any operating system and run any software,” says neuroscientist David Van Essen, Principal Investigator of the Human Connectome Project.

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Huge Pew study says human augmentation will be a hard sell, but it probably won’t be

Posted on 07/28 19:51 in Shows | 0

There are basically two arguments against non-medical human augmentation.The study focuses most powerfully on gene editing of babies and adults, upgraded synthetic blood, and intracranial brain implants for cognitive enhancement.

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This is your brain on physics: Scientists figure out how humans learn abstract concepts

Posted on 08/02 20:08 in Shows | 0

Scientists from CMU report that the brain handles scientific abstractions “using inherent, re-purposed brain systems,” according to Robert Mason, coauthor of their latest study.Then they fed those brain scans into a machine learning model, and found that the brain lit up in certain places in response to certain physics concepts, regardless of which person was doing the contemplating.

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Scientists isolate the brain’s ‘physics engine,’ could lead to faster, more agile robots

Posted on 08/08 22:21 in Shows | 0

Now, for the first time, Johns Hopkins scientists have located the part of the brain responsible for this basic, fundamental processing.These brain regions are also part of the multiple demand network, a widespread set of functional areas.

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People born blind do math with their visual cortex

Posted on 09/20 17:49 in Shows | 0

When blind people read Braille, for example, their visual cortex becomes active, and deaf cats repurpose some auditory cortex to visually locate things in 3D space.When researchers compared fMRI scans from 17 people blind since birth to those of 18 people born with sight, they observed both groups’ occipital cortex lighting up when parsing sentences describing math problems.

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Researchers find no evidence ‘brain training’ games offset aging, cognitive decline

Posted on 10/03 22:25 in Shows | 0

Several years ago, so-called “brain training” games from companies like Luminosity were all the rage.To date, only a handful of studies have actually attempted to answer whether ‘brain training’ can have an impact on real-world performance.

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Scientists develop a memristor that can be conditioned just like a real synapse

Posted on 10/05 17:31 in Shows | 0

The memristor is made of a silicon-oxygen-nitrogen material laced with clumps of silver nanoparticles at the electrical terminals.When current is applied across the memristor, the silver nanoparticles shuffle around within their parent oxynitride matrix, to line up within a lightning-bolt-like path of least electrical resistance.

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New probe measures electrical activity of hundreds of individual neurons in living brains

Posted on 10/25 19:01 in Shows | 0

To move beyond historically difficult and damaging methods of taking these readings, researchers from Caltech have demonstrated a minimally invasive probe for doing in vivo electrophysiology: real-time electrical recordings of living nerves in the brain.The probe can measure electrical activity in three dimensions, which could be a huge breakthrough for our understanding of cognition and neural activity.

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Scientists discover nature's algorithm for intelligence

Posted on 12/08 17:22 in Shows | 0

Throughout the ages, one old chestnut has stubbornly resisted yielding up its secret: the organizational principle behind the human brain.Joe Tsien, think they may be onto the answer with a recent paper published in the journal Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience.

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Groundbreaking fMRI study finds 4 distinct neurological subtypes of depression

Posted on 12/20 18:52 in Shows | 0

The study captured fMRI brain scans from more than a thousand participants, in order to answer a question: What’s different between the brains of healthy people and those with depression?The authors refer to the axes as a shared pathological core, by which we can understand the relationship between brain connectivity and the symptoms of depression.

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Brainstorming online soccer ball control -

Posted on 01/14 21:01 in More | 0

I'm developing an online soccer MOBA where upwards of ten players will be jockeying for a soccer ball.This journal is a brain dump to help me get a handle on the mechanics of managing a soccer ball in an online soccer game using Unity3D and the Photon network engine.

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The brains of astronauts change during spaceflight

Posted on 02/02 17:31 in Shows | 0

At the dawn of human spaceflight, we weren’t even sure people would be able to eat in space.Today, we’ve moved on to bigger questions like, “what happens to your brain in space?

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Scientists develop a robot capable of listening when told it's wrong, in real time

Posted on 03/13 16:12 in Shows | 0

Now a research team from Boston University and MIT’s CSAIL have successfully enabled Baxter to interpret and obey brain waves in real time.” Their setup gave Baxter a simple sorting task and a human judge wearing an EEG cap.

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Stanford researchers accidentally discover a whole new role for the cerebellum

Posted on 03/20 17:17 in Shows | 0

Scientists from Stanford have stumbled onto a new and different role for the cerebellum — and they found it while they were looking for something else entirely.Their target for observation was granule cells, which you can see lit up here in green.

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