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Aug 3, 2021

Learning Foreign Languages Can Affect the Processing of Music in the Brain

Posted by in categories: media & arts, neuroscience

Summary: Learning a new language can affect musical processing in children, researchers report. Findings support the theory that musical and linguistic functions are closely linked in the developing brain.

Source: University of Helsinki.

Research has shown that a music-related hobby boosts language skills and affects the processing of speech in the brain. According to a new study, the reverse also happens—learning foreign languages can affect the processing of music in the brain.

Aug 3, 2021

A fun piece: The Most Amazing Things About Animal Consciousness

Posted by in category: neuroscience

“We patronize [the animals] for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err, and greatly err.” Animals diverge from us in wonderfully creative ways. Did you know dogs have magnetotactic abilities and prefer to relieve themselves along a north-south axis? And dolphins echolocation allows them to see X-ray-like images & “tell” other dolphins what they’ve seen without our clumsy, 1-word-at-a-time process. Instead, they create a visual picture of what they saw in the minds of other dolphins, perhaps even “bolding” aspects they want to emphasize.

Aug 3, 2021

AI on the bench: Cadence offers machine learning to smooth chip design

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

A form of reinforcement learning helps in the trade-offs between power, performance, and area in chips.

Aug 3, 2021

“Synthetic hinge” opens a door to smart, glucose-responsive insulin

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, futurism

“The reason a glucose-responsive insulin is important is that the biggest barrier to the effective use of insulin, especially in Type 1 diabetes, is the fear of the consequences of blood sugar going too low,” says study author Michael A. Weiss.

For sufferers of diabetes, keeping blood glucose levels within a healthy range can be a difficult and labor-intensive balancing act that often requires regular insulin injections, but some scientists imagine a future where medicine does the heavy lifting for them. A team at Indiana University School of Medicine has taken a promising step towards this future, demonstrating a type of “synthetic hinge” that swings into action when blood glucose levels call for corrective action.

The hormone insulin plays a vital role in keeping glucose at healthy levels in the blood, pulling it out of the bloodstream and helping turn it into energy. In diabetes patients, insufficient amounts or insulin that results in a reduction in effectiveness means that blood glucose levels are left to rise to potentially dangerous levels, which can have serious consequences.

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Aug 3, 2021

NASA considers renaming new telescope due to anti-LGBTQ+ claims

Posted by in category: space


The NASA team is considering renaming its new groundbreaking telescope due to anti-LGBTQ+ claims involving its honoree James Webb.

Aug 3, 2021

Is DeepMind’s new reinforcement learning system a step toward general AI?

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

DeepMind has released a new paper that shows impressive advances in reinforcement learning. How far does it bring us toward general AI?

Aug 3, 2021

SpaceX Starship: Astonishing photos show Mars-bound ship ahead of key test

Posted by in categories: Elon Musk, space travel

SpaceX gears up to launch its Starship rocket to all-new heights.

SpaceX is gearing up to launch its Starship rocket to all-new heights, and CEO Elon Musk has shared photos of the team hard at work.

Aug 2, 2021

Transgenic mice for in vivo epigenome editing with CRISPR-based systems

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Two conditional transgenic mouse lines based on CRISPRa and CRISPRi enable epigenome editing in vivo.

Aug 2, 2021

Artificial intelligence uncovers the building blocks of life and paves the way for a new era in science

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, robotics/AI, science

The idea is to offer the predictions for the structure of practically every protein with a known sequence of amino acids free of charge. “We believe that this is the most important contribution to date that artificial intelligence has contributed to scientific knowledge,” he said following the publication of DeepMind’s research in the medical journal Nature.

DeepMind, a company bought by Google, predicts with unprecedented precision the 3D structure of nearly all the proteins made by the human body.

Aug 2, 2021

Sony releases a more powerful wearable AC

Posted by in categories: health, wearables

Sony has announced a follow-up product to the Reon Pocket, the app-controlled “wearable air conditioner” it released last year after crowdfunding it on the company’s own platform. The Reon Pocket 2 looks more or less the same as the original model, but the newly designed internals can achieve up to twice the level of heat absorption, according to Sony, resulting in more powerful cooling performance. Sony also says that it’s improved the sweat-proofing in the Reon Pocket 2, making it more suitable for light exercise situations.

Just in time for summer.