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Nov 22, 2016

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, ethics, genetics, neuroscience

In China, there are fewer regulations and ethical quandaries standing in the way of genetic progress.

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Nov 20, 2016

Scientists Discover How to Implant False Memories

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Implanting false memories could cure Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and depression. It could also make scapegoating easier, allow for witness tampering, or give those under a brutal dictatorship false patriotism.

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Nov 18, 2016

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Posted by in categories: neuroscience, singularity

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Nov 17, 2016

Materials and microfabrication processes for next-generation brain-machine devices

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Transfer printing microstructures onto novel hydrogel interfaces and customised composite electrodes could increase the compatibility and information transfer between body tissue and electronic devices.

Implantable devices such as pacemakers, cochlear implants, and deep brain stimulation devices enhance the quality of life for many people. Improving the integration of such devices with the body could enable the next generation of brain-machine interfaces (such as, implantable devices that can record and modulate neurological function in vivo) to monitor physiology, detect disease, and deploy bioelectronic medicines.

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Nov 17, 2016

Wireless Brain Implant Allows “Locked-In” Woman to Communicate

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Experts call the technology a “significant achievement,” but critics say the risks may not be justified.

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Nov 17, 2016

Runner’s High? You’re Growing New Brain Cells

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Time to hit the trail and run for your life!


Your brain creates new cell growth and repair during aerobic exercises, such as running.

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Nov 16, 2016

Test of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the brain shows improved multitasking performance

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Placement of five anode electrodes (left) over the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and the cathode (right) over the right shoulder (to avoid spurious cognitive effects from cortical excitability) (credit: Justin Nelson et al./ Front. Hum. Neurosci.)

In an experiment at the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, researchers have found that transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) of the brain can improve people’s multitasking skills and help avoid the drop in performance that comes with information overload.

The study was reported in a pre-publication paper in the open-access journal Frontiers of Human Neuroscience. It was motivated by the observation that various Air Force operations such as remotely piloted and manned aircraft operations require a human operator to monitor and respond to multiple events simultaneously over a long period of time. “With the monotonous nature of these tasks, the operator’s performance may decline shortly after their work shift commences,” according to the researchers.

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Nov 16, 2016

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix ‘broken genes’ in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics, life extension, neuroscience

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even extend the human lifespan.

The breakthrough – described as a “holy grail” of genetics – was used to partially restore the sight of rats blinded by a condition which also affects humans.

Previously researchers were not able to make changes to DNA in eye, brain, heart and liver tissues.

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Nov 14, 2016

This World-First Brain Implant Is Letting a ‘Locked-In’ Woman Communicate

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

A paralysed woman in the Netherlands is the first to be fitted with a new type of brain implant that allows patients who cannot speak or move to communicate using nothing but their thoughts.

The new implant, which works with a computer interface to help her spell out words and sentences, can be used anywhere, allowing her to communicate with people in the outside world, without medical experts on hand to help.

“This is a world first,” neuroscientist and lead researcher Nick Ramsay, from the University Medical School Utrecht, told CNN. “It’s a fully implantable system that works at home without need for any experts to make it work.”

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Nov 13, 2016

Primates Regain Control of Paralyzed Limb with Wireless Bridge Between Brain and Spine

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

It won’t be long now for humans.


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