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October 2, 2014

High Resolution Electrode Array System Will Help Us Understand The Brain



High Resolution Electrode Array System Will Help Us Understand The Brain

 Neuroscience
As part of the BRAIN Initiative, researchers are developing an electrode array system that will “enable researchers to better understand how the brain works through unprecedented resolution and scale.”

Hard To Believe This Face Is Computer Generated




 Uncanny Valley
Computer graphics artist Chris Jones has created one very realistic looking head using the latest software.  His short video of the piece called 'Ed' must be seen.

October 1, 2014

The Fountain of Youth is Closer Than We Think Says Human Longevity Inc.'s Robert Hariri




 Regenerative Medicine
According to stem cell expert, Dr. Robert Hariri the biology of a stem cell is akin to a computer, and we are now understanding how to reprogram it. Hariri suggests stem cell therapies will soon allow aging adults to stay healthy and functional for as long as possible.

Wild Chimpanzees Found To Teach Each Other Toolmaking



Wild Chimpanzees Found To Teach Each Other Toolmaking

 Chimpanzees
Social networks are known to be incredibly important for humans, and as researchers have found, the ability of individuals to learn from one another may have originated long ago in a common ancestor of chimpanzees and human.

Researchers Create Nanoscale Memory Devices That Mimic The Human Brain



Researchers Create Nanoscale Memory Devices That Mimic The Human Brain

 Memory
Researchers have built a novel brain inspired nano-structure that offers a new platform for the development of highly stable and reliable nanoscale memory devices.

Have Our Bodies Held the Answers to New Antibiotics All Along?



Have Our Bodies Held the Answers to New Antibiotics All Along?

 Genomics
A survey of the Human Microbiome Project’s genomic database has revealed that the microbes living in and on healthy humans contain more than 3,000 sets of instructions for synthesizing small molecules, some of which may hold the key to future medical applications.

September 30, 2014

Learning About Ourselves from Baby Robots




 Robotics
Pierre-Yves Oudeyer and his group at the European Research Council have created Poppy, an open-source 3D printed humanoid robot designed to help us learn more of what it means to be human.

Google Would Like to Keep Driverless Car Testing Incidents a Secret



Google Would Like to Keep Driverless Car Testing Incidents a Secret

 Self Driving Cars
Google's efforts to try and have California's regulations for testing of autonomous cars changed surfaced recently, with the search giant asking legislators to grant it the right not to report minor incidents occurring during the tests.

Black Friday Rising



Black Friday Rising

 Retail
Getting your inventory under control takes time, but the benefits and values of a barcoding live inventory system will help your holidays stay merry and bright, and the cash drawer jingling long past the new year.

September 29, 2014

Will The Will of Superinteligence Overshadow Any Attempts To Create "Friendly AI"?



Will The Will of Superinteligence Overshadow Any Attempts To Create "Friendly AI"?


 Singularity
What will the morality of a superintelligent AI be like? Will it be friendly to humanity?  By the Singularity, will the need to consider humanity even be relevant?

Scientists Identify the Signature of Aging in the Brain



Scientists Identify the Signature of Aging in the Brain

 Aging
New research suggests that the brain's “immunological age” is what countsThe scientists hope that this finding may, in the future, help prevent or reverse cognitive decline in old age, by finding ways to rejuvenate the brain.

Scientists Make Droplets Move on Their Own




 Chemical Robotics
Droplets are simple spheres of fluid, not normally considered capable of doing anything on their own. But now researchers have made droplets of alcohol move through water. In the future, such moving droplets may deliver medicine and more.

September 26, 2014

Morphed Pictures of Hollywood Celebrities Used To Find How Neurons Perceive



Morphed Pictures of Hollywood Celebrities Used To Find How Neurons Perceive
 Neuroscience
A new study has revealed that individual neurons in the human brain are triggered by the subject's conscious perception, rather than by the visual stimulus.

What Painting In Virtual Reality Looks Like




 Virtual Reality

Tilt Brush is a new painting application for Oculus Rift created by Skillman & Hackett, a San Francisco interactive design studio that lets you create art in virtual reality.
 
The Story of the Chessboard


The classic parable of how the inventor of the game of chess used his knowledge of exponential growth to trick an emperor is commonly used to explain the staggering and accelerating growth of technology. The 33rd square on the chessboards represents the first step into the second half of the chessboard, where exponential growth takes off.

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