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Sep 28, 2016

Neuroscience and psychology have rendered it basically unnecessary to have a soul — By George Paxinos | Quartz

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“But as a neuroscientist and psychologist, I have no use for the soul. On the contrary, all functions attributable to this kind of soul can be explained by the workings of the brain.”

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Sep 26, 2016

FBI Probes Dumping Of NSA Hack Tools On Public Site

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, neuroscience, privacy

Ouch!!!


National Security Agency says tools left exposed by mistake — and dumping by presumably Russia-backed hackers Shadow Brokers.

An FBI investigation into the public dumping of hacking tools used by the National Security Agency (NSA) to uncover security flaws in some networking vendor products is looking at how the tools were exposed on a remote computer, a Reuters report says, quoting people close to the investigation.

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Sep 25, 2016

Paralysed patient walks again thanks to virtual reality and brain-computer interfaces

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, cyborgs, neuroscience, virtual reality

In an astonishing breakthrough, patients left paralysed by severe spinal cord injuries have recovered the ability to move their legs after training with an exoskeleton linked to their brain – with one even able to walk using two crutches.

Scientists developed the Walk Again Project, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, thinking that they could enable paraplegics to move about using the exoskeleton controlled by their thoughts. But they were surprised to discover that during the training, the eight patients all started to regain the sense of touch and movement below the injury to their spine. It was previously thought that the nerves in seven of the patients’ spines had been completely severed.

But the researchers now believe that a few nerves survived and these were reactivated by the training, which may have rewired circuits in the brain. Writing in the journal Scientific Reports, they said: “While patient one was initially not even able to stand using braces when placed in an orthostatic posture, after 10 months of training the same patient became capable of walking using a walker, braces and the assistance of one therapist. “At this stage, this patient became capable of producing voluntary leg movements mimicking walking, while suspended overground.

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Sep 24, 2016

Decisions Are Emotional, Not Logical: The Neuroscience behind Decision Making

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Think of a situation where you had bulletproof facts, reason, and logic on your side, and believed there was absolutely no way the other person could say no to your perfectly constructed argument and proposal. To do so would be impossible, you figured, because there was no other logical solution or answer.

And then the other person dug in his heels and refused to budge. He wasn’t swayed by your logic. Were you flabbergasted?

This is similar to what many negotiators do when they sit down at the table to hammer out a deal. They come armed with facts, and they attempt to use logic to sway the other party. They figure that by piling on the data and using reason to explain their side of the situation, they can construct a solution that is simply irrefutable—and get the other party to say yes.

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Sep 24, 2016

US Launches International Brain Initiative to Coordinate Brain Mapping Efforts

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience, policy

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State along with the Kavli Foundation; the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Global Partnerships Forum hosted the event that launched the brain initiative during the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly to elevate brain science as a foreign policy priority.

The International Brain Initiative aims to foster coordination of large-scale brain projects around the world in partnership with governments, research institutions, private sector, foundations, advocacy groups, and social innovators.

Toward this end, the United States with Japan, Germany, Argentina and the UN Conference on Trade and Development announced the launch of the International Brain Initiative, part of which is a virtual International Brain Station to enhance and facilitate global collaboration on both basic and disease-focused brain science research.

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Sep 24, 2016

Brain Research: Brain Enhancements, Treatments and More Scientific Brain Discoveries

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing, neuroscience

A brief introduction about brain research.

The human brain is more complex and has far more capacity than a billion dollar computer. So far the research done on the brain is still in its nascent stages. What mysteries and secrets it holds for humanity in the future remains one of the big questions.

The 21st century has been called the “Century of the Mind”. Research into the functions and capabilities of the wonderful organ that is the human brain will skyrocket with duration as mankind enters a new era in discovery and invention.

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Sep 24, 2016

Can an uploaded brain live forever?

Posted by in categories: life extension, neuroscience

Getting your head in the cloud.

Sep 24, 2016

Microsoft Will Treat Cancer Like Computer Virus, Vows To ‘Solve’ Cance Within 10 Years?

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Microsoft has announced to solve’ cancer within the next decade by ‘reprogramming’ diseased cells like computer virus.

Researchers were able to prevent the death of neurons that causes ALS by introducing a genetic mutation to prevent the SOD1 protein from clumping.

The growing resistance of Gonorrhea, alarmed the researchers.

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Sep 24, 2016

IBM is one step closer to mimicking the human brain

Posted by in categories: biological, neuroscience

Scientists at IBM have claimed a computational breakthrough after imitating large populations of neurons for the first time.

Neurons are electrically excitable cells that process and transmit information in our brains through electrical and chemical signals. These signals are passed over synapses, specialised connections with other cells.

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Sep 21, 2016

The Sooner You Expose A Baby To A Second Language, The Smarter They’ll Be

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Just hearing two languages helps babies develop cognitive skills before they even speak. Here’s how — and how you can help them develop those skills.

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