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Feb 22, 2016

Ground Zero for Alzheimer’s Disease found at base of brainstem

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

Very interesting since many complex neural diseases also have ties to the brain stem such as Dystonia.


Feb. 22, 2016 — There is a new ground zero for Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a new discovery of a critical but vulnerable region in the brain that appears to be the first place affected by late onset Alzheimer’s disease. It also may be more important for maintaining cognitive function in later life than previously appreciated.

The locus coeruleus is a small, bluish part of the brainstem that releases norepinephrine, the neurotransmitter responsible for regulating heart rate, attention, memory, and cognition. Its cells, or neurons, send branch-like axons throughout much of the brain and help regulate blood vessel activity, says a new review of the scientific literature.

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Feb 22, 2016

The scandalous true story of how Einstein’s brain was stolen, then lost for 50 years

Posted by in category: neuroscience

Albert Einstein wanted to be cremated and his ashes scattered in secret. But that’s not how history played out.

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Feb 22, 2016

Facebook Impacts Brain Similar To Cocaine, Gambling

Posted by in category: neuroscience

I knew it! Now, we have proof; FB is addicting like cocaine.


Facebook impacts the brain in a similar way to cocaine, gambling and other substance and compulsive addictions, says a new study.

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Feb 22, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg Offers These Predictions for the Future of the Internet

Posted by in categories: drones, internet, military, solar power, sustainability, transportation

On Monday at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Mark Zuckerberg partook in what he thought would be a “fireside chat” with Wired’s Jessi Hempel but which was verifiably not fireside, and was, actually, a keynote.

Inverse picked out the best nine moments of this interview.

1.) Zuck doesn’t know that Aquila will meet regulations but is just confident that it’ll work out

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Feb 22, 2016

Welcome to the age of user-generated virtual reality & 360 video

Posted by in categories: futurism, virtual reality

Yesterday LG and Samsung, two of the world’s largest consumer technology companies, announced the release of consumer-priced 360 cameras that will make it possible for millions of people to create their own virtual reality & 360 videos. Ceci Mourkogiannis, a co-founder of Metta — the first video platform dedicated to user-generated 360 & VR content — looks back to a time just a few months ago when the options for creating 360 videos were limited, and ponders the future of user-generated 360 video in 2016.

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Feb 22, 2016

Swiss Startups Delving Into Virtual Reality

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, virtual reality

On the heels of the MindMaze round of $100 million, it is clear that Swiss tech is booming and beginning to tickle the curiosity of international investors.

The startup had already closed an angel funding round of $10 million and recently announced the opening of their Series A round at a $1 billion valuation. The lead investor is multinational conglomerate Hinduja Group, with participation from family offices that haven’t been disclosed yet.

MindMaze is a neuro-rehabilitation platform that helps stroke victims to recover faster by “fooling” the brain through VR/AR technology.

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Feb 22, 2016

Facebook wants to help internet providers get ready for virtual reality

Posted by in categories: engineering, internet, virtual reality

Facebook today announced the launch of the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), which is bringing together a coalition of internet service providers and tech companies to focus on the engineering challenges of delivering high-res video and virtual reality. The group has 30 initial members including T-Mobile, Nokia, Intel, Deutsche Telekom, and SK Telecom. The approach is modeled after the Open Compute Project, which was started by Facebook in 2011 to share designs of data-center products, and has ties to Facebook’s Internet.org initiative to bring connectivity to rural areas and developing countries.

“Every day, more people and more devices around the world are coming online, and it’s becoming easier to share data-intensive experiences like video and virtual reality,” Jay Parikh, Facebook’s global head of engineering and infrastructure, writes in a blog post. “Scaling traditional telecom infrastructure to meet this global data challenge is not moving as fast as people need it to.”

The TIP’s technology companies and hardware makers will work together to contribute designs for products like wireless radios and optical fiber gear to better manage, store, and deliver intensive data, while telecoms can then use those designs in practice. “This will result in significant gains in cost and operational efficiency for both rural and urban deployments,” Parikh adds. The group will also work toward accelerating the development of 5G networks.

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Feb 22, 2016

Till the last screw: Robots clash in Moscow arena (VIDEO)

Posted by in categories: futurism, robotics/AI

The clang of metal, breathtaking speed and tons of adrenaline! Watch a futuristic video of battle robots in ultimate fighting in Moscow. The iron warriors are clashing without mercy for the right to face foreign competitors.

The Russian capital is holding an international competition ‘Bronebot-2016’ for battle robots, February 21–23. “Attention! The show contains scenes of total robot carnage,” the banner reads.

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Feb 22, 2016

Hybrid Technology Converts Sugar into Nylon

Posted by in categories: engineering, genetics

Now we can turn sugar into Nylon.


Genetically engineered yeast plus electro-catalyst yields bio-based nylon.

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Feb 22, 2016

Etch transfer into silicon of patterns with a half-pitch of under 20nm

Posted by in category: futurism

An etching process based on a three-layer stack achieves transfer into silicon of patterns with a depth of less than 5nm and a half-pitch of less than 20nm written by thermal scanning probe lithography.

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