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Sep 20, 2016

Allen Institute publishes highest resolution map of the entire human brain to date

Posted by in category: neuroscience

The Allen Institute for Brain Science has published the highest resolution atlas of the human brain to date in a stand-alone issue of the Journal of Comparative Neurology. This digital human brain atlas allows researchers to investigate the structural basis of human brain function.

“To understand the human brain, we need to have a detailed description of its underlying structure,” says Ed Lein, Ph.D., Investigator at the Allen Institute for Brain Science. “Human brain atlases have long lagged behind atlases of the brain of worms, flies or mice, both in terms of spatial resolution and in terms of completeness due to technical limitations related to the enormous size and complexity of the human brain. This large-scale focused effort aimed to create a large resource combining different data types at high resolution, and use these data to generate a comprehensive mapping of brain regions.”

Combining neuroimaging with cellular resolution histological analysis and expert structural mapping, “This is the most structurally complete atlas to date and we hope it will serve as a new reference standard for the human brain across different disciplines,” says Lein.

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Sep 20, 2016

Russia begins moon landing trials as Moscow ‘plans large lunar settlement’ by 2045

Posted by in category: space travel

RUSSIAN scientists have taken one small step back in time by using a communist-era gravity machine ahead of their planned mission to the moon.

Putin’s boffins are using the 1970s Selen technology to discover how easy it would be for their cosmonauts to walk on the lunar surface and get out of a rover vehicle.

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Sep 20, 2016

When Evolution Fights Back Against Genetic Engineering

Posted by in categories: bioengineering, biotech/medical, evolution, genetics

“Gene drives,” a technology for controlling genetic traits, could revolutionize disease prevention. But nature has a way of thwarting scientific meddling.

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Sep 20, 2016

Researcher calls for animal-human embryo research to proceed, but with strong animal protections

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, genetics

In a World View opinion column published in Nature, a Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine researcher calls for animal-human embryo research to proceed — but only with strong animal protections in place. So-called “chimera” research raises the hope of producing human organs in genetically modified large animals, such as pigs and sheep, offering a potential solution to the persistent shortage of human organs for transplantation.

Insoo Hyun, PhD, associate professor of bioethics, urges such research to proceed only after “knowing the right and wrong ways to treat sentient beings according to complexities of their attributes.”

Hyun’s recommendations appear in the journal’s September 15th issue and come a week after the National Institutes of Health closed a month-long public comment period on proposed new regulations, widely expected to be adopted, that would lift a moratorium that currently forbids federal funding for chimera embryo research.

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Sep 20, 2016

Adorable robot that bounds like an excited puppy can open doors

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

The 1.3 feet long robot was developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania who are now selling it for £7,700 ($10,000) a go. It is able to climb fences, jump and even open doors.

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Sep 20, 2016

Official guidelines to keep humans safe from robots published

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Thou shalt not kill: Official guidelines to keep humans safe from robots are published by standards authority…


The science fiction author Isaac Asimov first proposed the ‘Three Laws of Robotics’ in a short story published in 1942 as a way of ensuring the machines would not rise up to overthrow humanity.

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Sep 20, 2016

Microsoft will ‘solve’ cancer within 10 years

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, computing

Microsoft has vowed to “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade by using ground-breaking computer science to crack the code of diseased cells so they can be reprogrammed back to a healthy state.

In a dramatic change of direction for the technology giant, the company has assembled a “small army” of the world’s best biologists, programmers and engineers who are tackling cancer as if it were a bug in a computer system.

This summer Microsoft opened its first wet laboratory where it will test out the findings of its computer scientists who are creating huge maps of the internal workings of cell networks.

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Sep 20, 2016

MyData2016 Conference Videos

Posted by in category: internet

MyData 2016 was an international conference that focused on human centric personal information management, held in Helsinki Finland from 31st August-2nd September 2016. It was organized by the Open Knowledge Finland, Aalto University Finland and FING — Next-Generation Internet Foundation (FING).

The conference featured international speakers and hands-on sessions — this channel exclusively showcases most of the activities & key talks from the three days.

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Sep 20, 2016

Mini Drones: Weapon of the Future

Posted by in category: drones

Take a look at these mini drones that are making their way onto the battlefield. Mini drones improve unit mobility, provide valuable intelligence and save service members’ lives.

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Sep 20, 2016

World’s First Cyborg Games Kicks Off This October

Posted by in categories: cyborgs, entertainment

Coming this fall: The world’s first cyborg games.

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