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Pretty fly for an AI: Bioboffins use machine learning to decipher fruit flies' brains

Scientists in the US have developed a computer program called JAABA that uses machine learning to map groups of neurons responsible for the different behaviors observed in tiny fruit flies. The brain is a tangled mess of neurons that continues to mystify neurologists. Creating a detailed map allows scientists to learn the …
Katyanna Quach, 14 Jul 2017

Shock horror: US military sticks jump leads on human brains to teach them a lesson

The boffinry nerve center of the US military is working with seven American universities to see if electrically stimulating the brain will increase the ability to learn new skills. The Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program is focused on synaptic plasticity, the ability of the brain to build new neural pathways to …
Iain Thomson, 28 Apr 2017

If you can't beat AI, join it: Boffinry biz baron Elon Musk backs brain-machine interface biz

Three years ago, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, mused that artificial intelligence represented humanity's biggest existential threat. With AI looking more like a near-term marketing opportunity for tech companies than an imminent apocalypse, Musk has dialed back the doomsaying and is now exploring how to connect computers …
Thomas Claburn, 28 Mar 2017

Neuromorphic progress: And we for one welcome our new single artificial synapse overlords

A team of engineers has built an artificial synapse with the hopes of creating a neural network system with similar processing powers as the human brain. "The brain is capable of massively parallel information processing while consuming only 1‑100 fJ per synaptic event. Inspired by the efficiency of the brain, CMOS-based …
Katyanna Quach, 22 Feb 2017

What's the difference between you and a sea slug? When it comes to IT security, nothing

Usenix Enigma Several academics have been using brain scanning methods to see how people handle computer security, and the resounding result is that our brains are biochemically working against us in this realm. In a talk at the Enigma 2017 security conference, Anthony Vance, professor of information systems at Brigham Young University in …
Iain Thomson, 1 Feb 2017

Boffins turn timid mice into psycho killers – by firing lasers into brains

Video Scientists have turned wimpy mice into ferocious hunters by zapping their brains with a laser. Using optogenetics, a technique that makes specific neurons fire when stimulated with light, the scientists activated a set of neurons in the amygdala. The amygdala, a small region within the brain, is associated with memory, …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jan 2017

Cognitive computing: IBM uses phase-change material to model your brain's neurons

IBM scientists claimed – for the first time – to have created artificial spiking neurons using a phase-change material, opening up the possibilities of building a neural network that could be used for AI. The brain is the biggest inspiration for researchers working in cognitive computing: the exact mechanisms that describe how …
"New and shiny" person lies with eyes closed, covered in grey glitter. Photo by Shutterstock

Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

A trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of patients who have been declared clinically dead has been approved. Reanima Advanced Biosciences aims to use stem cells, injections of peptides, and nerve stimulation to reverse “brain death as noted in clinical examination or EEG”, a project which at least scores …
Pinky and the Brain

Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

A scientific team in Ohio has managed to raise the most complete human brain yet, and plan to use it for testing drugs and trying to understand autism. The brain is at the same stage of development as a five-week-old fetus and contains 99 per cent of the same cells that you'd find in an in-utero equivalent. It's about the size …
Iain Thomson, 19 Aug 2015

Self/Less: Crap science, eyebrow acting, and immortality for the 1%

Film review Director Tarsem Singh has something of a fascination with technology and medicine. His first film, The Cell, posited using a virtual reality mind meld system and his latest, Self/Less, is all about swapping minds though the power of high tech. Daniel, a cancer-stricken New York property developer (Ben Kingsley), receives an …
Iain Thomson, 3 Jul 2015
One of the newly-uncovered photos of Albert Einstein's brain

BRAIN STORM: Nine mislaid cerebra found near railway line in New York

Cops were called in to solve the mystery of nine abandoned BRAINS found near a railway line in New York last week. Clover Forsythe, resident, posted a picture on Facebook. He wrote: "And what are these you might ask? They appear to be brains. Small, the size of an apple. Laying on the side of the road by Beckwith St in …
Kat Hall, 29 May 2015
One of the newly-uncovered photos of Albert Einstein's brain


It's an embarrassing situation that's happened to most students after too much snakebite and black. One minute you're in the pub with mates, the next you find yourself idiotically clutching onto a stolen traffic cone or, you know ... a jar of brains. At least that's what professors at the University of Texas long assumed had …
Kat Hall, 5 Dec 2014
2001: A Space Odyssey

HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

Multibillionaire tech ace Elon Musk has a bee in his bonnet about the threat to humanity from ... artificial intelligence. And since he's a major investor in the technology, he ought to know. Worth reading Superintelligence by Bostrom. We need to be super careful with AI. Potentially more dangerous than nukes. — Elon Musk (@ …
Iain Thomson, 5 Aug 2014
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Watch your brain LIVE in 3D, then train your mind from inside it

GTC As we age, our brains' cognitive abilities decrease. No surprise there. But one team of researches has experimental proof of a therapeutic technique that can reverse that decline: video games. What's more, they've devised a way to directly stimulate your brain to improve its cognitive abilities, and created a 3D digital model …
Rik Myslewski, 29 Mar 2014
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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

Graphic video Doctors at the University Medical Center in Utrecht have saved a woman's life – by carrying out the first skull transplant using plastic parts built in a 3D printer. The unnamed 22-year-old patient was suffering from a rare condition that caused the inside of her skull to grow extra bone, which squeezed her brain. The growth …
Iain Thomson, 29 Mar 2014

Women crap at parking: Official

A team of University of Pennsylvania boffins appears to have confirmed the commonly held notions that while women are absolutely useless at parking cars, they thrash blokes when it comes to multitasking and empathy. The scientists scanned the brains of 949 peoples aged 8-22 - 428 male and 521 female - and discovered "unique …
Lester Haines, 4 Dec 2013
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Mind-reading MRI reads letters in the brain

Researchers from Radboud University Nijmegen are claiming that with a sufficiently-sensitive MRI and decent mathematical modelling, they can reconstruct images of the brain recognising letters seen by the test subject. Specifically, the researchers say they have “used data from the scanner to determine what a test subject is …
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Wanna be a ROBOT OVERLORD? Boffins pave way with mind-controlled cursor

Scientists have implanted electrodes in the brains of seven epileptic people in a bid to understand how humans learn new skills. They wanted to see what happened when people learned to use a device called a brain-computer interface, which allows them to interact with computers simply by thinking. This revolutionary technology …
Jasper Hamill, 12 Jun 2013

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