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The age of the computer chip brain implant

April 21st, 2016 at 8:05 am » Comments Off

Though he was left paralyzed from the neck down, Ian Burkhart can now play Guitar Hero with his thoughts. A computer chip in his brain enables him to play along to the rhythm of the songs, a process detailed in a paper published on April 13th.  



Researchers claim blondes are not dumb after all

March 23rd, 2016 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

Blondes have an average IQ of 103.2, compared to 102.7 for those with brown hair, 101.2 for those with red hair and 100.5 for those with black hair Blondes are not dumb after all, researchers have claimed, as they revealed they have a slightly higher IQ than brunettes.



Scientists locate obesity ‘switch’ in the brain

March 21st, 2016 at 11:43 am » Comments Off

Recent tests have shown that switching off the satiety neurons caused mice to eat more and double their weight in three weeks. When the cells’ function was restored, the mice reduced the amount they ate each day by about 25pc.



The future of the quantified brain

November 18th, 2015 at 5:53 pm » Comments Off

For years it was believed the brain was an elusive black box which we simply didn’t understand. And it’s true, scientific knowledge of the brain has been hard won.



‘Matrix’-like brain training to speed up physical therapy possible in the future

October 28th, 2015 at 2:42 pm » Comments Off

It’s no easy task to learn to walk again after a traumatic accident. One of the hardest things for motor-impaired patients is to generate the correct brain signals to help them recover efficiently.



Researchers at Stanford use Google Glass to treat autism in children

October 21st, 2015 at 4:17 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at Stanford University are using the Google Glass to help autistic children recognize and classify emotions. The Autism Glass Project, a part of the Wall Lab in the Stanford School of Medicine, has launched the second phase of its study.



New video game features create a placebo effect

October 21st, 2015 at 3:19 pm » Comments Off

Whether it’s the new iPhone, a Blu-ray movie with deleted scenes or a simple firmware update people are obsessed with the new and improved, and according to researchers at the University of York, there’s a good reason: New features can create a placebo effect for an experience feeling more fun and immersive.



Paralyzed man first to walk using brain power alone

October 14th, 2015 at 9:13 pm » Comments Off

A paralyzed man is able to move using his brainpower thanks to a  ‘neural-bypass procedure’ that has been heralded a world first. Neurosurgeons achieved the world first by transmitting signals from the 26-year-old American’s brain to electrodes placed around both knees.



Why electronic brain stimulation is trending right now

October 9th, 2015 at 10:37 am » Comments Off

There seems to be no end to the benefits of electronic brain stimulation. Focused thinking, better memory, deeper sleep, relief from depression, reduced stress are among some of the benefits you read about on the internet. In particular, a technique called transcranial direct current stimulation is getting loads of attention from early adopters who rave […]



The surprising relationship between mood and productivity

September 24th, 2015 at 5:12 pm » Comments Off

Michael Grothaus: There is a quote I love that says, “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” I’ve found that to be true: Anything of significance I’ve accomplished in my life has, at least in part, been due to the attitude I’ve held, even when there were negative factors working […]



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