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Mar 19, 2016

Mapping Brain’s Cortical Columns To Develop Innovative Brain-Computer Interfaces

Posted by in categories: computing, electronics, neuroscience

The EU-funded COLUMNARCODECRACKING project has successfully used ultra-high fMRI scanners to map cortical columns, a process that opens the door to exciting new applications, such as brain-computer interfaces.

Cortical columnar-level fMRI has already contributed and will further contribute to a deeper understanding of how the brain and mind work by zooming into the fine-grained functional organization within specialized brain areas.

By focussing on this, the project has stimulated a new research line of ‘mesoscopic’ brain imaging that is gaining increasing momentum in the field of human cognitive and computational neuroscience. This new field complements conventional macroscopic brain imaging that measures activity in brain areas and large-scale networks.

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Mar 19, 2016

Judith Edwards went for an eye test and the optician found a brain tumour the size of an orange

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, neuroscience

It is a well known fact that many Glioblastoma patients are diagnosed through eye exams; many documented cases as well.

If it wasn’t for the appointment Judith Edwards, 65, might have lost her life.

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Mar 19, 2016

Bacteria-powered Bio-Bots Avoid Obstacles on Way to Target

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

Microscopic robots, powered by bacterial flagellation, are a curious branch of robotics research, potentially leading to devices that can deliver drugs, perform surgical tasks, and help out with diagnostics. While bacteria has been harnessed in the past to power small devices, having those devices actually navigate to a desired target has been a challenge. At Drexel University researchers are now using electric fields to help their bacterial biobots detect obstacles and float around them on their way to the final destination.

The electric fields don’t actually control the bots, but allow the bots to sense their environment and to move around. The devices are powered by rod-shaped S. marcescens bacteria that are normally negatively charged. The researchers positioned two electric fields orthogonally to each other, creating a grid. Obstacles within the grid slightly affect the fields’ shape, which the robot recognizes and uses to avoid the obstacles.

Here are a couple videos demonstrating the bacterial powered microbot:

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Mar 19, 2016

Why the US has a shortage of military drone pilots

Posted by in categories: drones, military

Hmmm; could I set up a subcontracting firm full of top gun gamers/ pilots working with the US DoD? We see privatized Army, etc. And, with drones it’s more about the skills of a gamer meets military strategy as a former pilot. Maybe some possibility with the right funding and clearance checks in place on drone pilots.

But in many ways this is not like most other aircraft. The MQ-9 Reaper is the U.S. Air Force’s most advanced drone or “remotely piloted aircraft” in use today.

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Mar 19, 2016

BioDesign Studio Lets You Tinker With Biology to Make Something New

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

Now this is a cool concept; a studio that allows others to experiment and build their own Biocomputer, and other biotechnologies.

How does a leopard get its spots? A new exhibit at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose has some clues about that.

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Mar 19, 2016

A Student Claims to Have Designed Working Artificial Gills

Posted by in categories: innovation, wearables

In time for vacation/ summer holiday season.

A mysterious site showcases a detailed blueprint of a wearable device that lets users breathe underwater like fish.

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Mar 19, 2016

Watch out for these malware attacks on your vehicle — Federal Bureau of Investigation to drivers

Posted by in categories: cybercrime/malcode, transportation

FBI — You have a connected car/ self driving car in the US; be careful because the hackers are coming.

That’s why the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a bulletin warning about the increasing vulnerability of motor vehicles to hacking.

The FBI warns drivers to ensure their car’s software is up to date, to be careful making unauthorized modifications to their car’s software and when connecting to third-party devices, and be wary of who has physical access to their vehicle. Instead it’s meant to educate the public after a series of publicly known hacks of cars in 2015, including a Jeep intentionally hijacked by researchers while driving down the highway.

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Mar 19, 2016

Virtual reality horror game The Brookhaven Experiment will scare the s**t out of you

Posted by in categories: entertainment, virtual reality

The unholy, skinless, bloody creatures shambled toward me on all sides. My pistol was pitifully inadequate. For the first time ever, I pulled a VR rig off my head in the middle of a demo.

Not even extreme nausea had caused me to do so before Thursday, when I demoed the HTC Vive game The Brookhaven Experiment at Valve Software’s booth at the 2016 Game Developers Conference. I’d always choked down the bile and forced myself to finish the demo rather than bail, even though this is almost always a bad decision. Call it stupid gamer pride.

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Mar 19, 2016

Pretty Certain This Tarp-Covered Object Isn’t A UFO But It Is Very Intriguing

Posted by in categories: law enforcement, transportation

The image above has been splashed all over the net over the last week. It looks like a scene out of The Flight Of The Navigator, but really, that tarp could be hiding the future of American air power.

The image was taken by Arizona resident Charlene Yazzie on Arizona Route 77, with the convoy of trucks and black SUVs from the Department of Public Safety heading south toward the town of Holbrook, Ariz.

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Mar 19, 2016

Sci-fi author has brain cryogenically frozen so it can be reanimated in the future

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

If I am not mistaken she edited The Three Body Problem, she did not write it.

In what seems like a story ripped straight from the pages of an Isaac Asimov novel, a recently deceased Chinese woman named Du Hong just had her brain cryogenically frozen in hopes that, in the future, the technology to bring her back to life will be created. No joke. Hong, a science fiction author herself, paid upwards of $120k to have her brain sent from China to Scottsdale, Arizona to undergo a freezing procedure at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation. Her idea is that while modern tech doesn’t allow for the reanimation of her brain today, inevitable advancements in cryonics will one day bring her back to life.

Before passing away last May from pancreatic cancer, the 61-year-old Du decided she wanted to allow her brain to be the subject of experiments after her death. Though it took some time before the team at Alcor actually conducted the procedure, doctors in Beijing prepped Du’s brain after her official time of death on May 30. Despite the Alcor Life Extension Foundation agreeing to freeze Du’s brain, the organization made it clear that it wouldn’t be the one to actually attempt to bring Du back to life in the future.

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