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November 13th, 2014 at 12:03 pm

Good storytelling – why your brain loves it

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Paul J. Zak: It is quiet and dark. The theater is hushed. James Bond skirts along the edge of a building as his enemy takes aim. Here in the audience, heart rates increase and palms sweat.  I know this to be true because instead of enjoying the movie myself, I am measuring the brain activity of a dozen viewers. For me, excitement has a different source: I am watching an amazing neural ballet in which a story line changes the activity of people’s brains.

 

 

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November 12th, 2014 at 12:54 pm

Brainform will 3D print your brain

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Brainform 3D printed brain.

Brainform is New Zealand-based company that will print a high quality 3D model of your brain. The company’s mission is simply stated on its website: “We 3D print brains.”

 

 

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November 6th, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Genetically engineered humans could have IQ’s of 1,000

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Tweaking our genomes we could make humans drastically smarter.

Scientist Stephen Hsu’s theory is that genetically engineered human beings could have IQs of 1000 or higher. Hsu is something of a scientific polymath, who has done work pertaining to quantum physics, dark energy, finance, and information security, as well as genomics and bioinformatics, or the application of computer science and statistics to biological data. He officially holds the title of Vice-President for Research and Graduate Studies at Michigan State, where he is also a professor of Theoretical Physics.

 

 

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November 2nd, 2014 at 8:53 am

Top 7 neuromyths that many teachers believe

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About half of the educators surveyed believed that people only use 10% of their brains.

Surveys of teachers in the UK, Turkey, Holland, Greece and China have revealed that many believe seven common myths about the brain, likely because the simple explanations are often attractive, even if totally wrong. The results of the surveys were reported in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience.

 

 

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October 13th, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Memory loss from Alzheimer’s disease reversed with lifestyle changes

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This is the first time researchers have been able to reverse the memory loss caused by the disease.

The first time ever, huge lifestyle interventions seems to have reversed memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease in some patients.. The findings stemmed from the joint efforts of a team from UCLA’s Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

 

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October 11th, 2014 at 8:55 am

Rewiring your brain to become fluent in math

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Basic, deep-seated fluency in math and science—not just an “understanding,” is critical.

By Barbara Oakley: I was a wayward kid who grew up on the literary side of life, treating math and science as if they were pustules from the plague. So it’s a little strange how I’ve ended up now—someone who dances daily with triple integrals, Fourier transforms, and that crown jewel of mathematics, Euler’s equation. It’s hard to believe I’ve flipped from a virtually congenital math-phobe to a professor of engineering.

 

 

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October 9th, 2014 at 2:59 pm

Novel treatment may reverse memory loss in Alzheimer’s patients

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Nine out of ten patients with memory problems showed improvements with this novel multi-systems approach.

A small exploratory study has found that memory loss in patients with Alzheimer’s disease may be reversed — and the improvement sustained — using a novel treatment approach.

 

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September 28th, 2014 at 8:33 am

Peering into the future of AI and robot brains

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Baby X, a 3D-simulated human child.

Zoltan Istvan writes In Singularity or Transhumanism: What Word Should We Use to Discuss the Future? on Slate:

“The singularity people (many at Singularity University) don’t like the term transhumanism. Transhumanists don’t like posthumanism. Posthumanists don’t like cyborgism. And cyborgism advocates don’t like the life extension tag. If you arrange the groups in any order, the same enmity occurs.”

 

 

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September 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am

A mouse with a human speech gene learns faster

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The humanized gene actually improved the animal’s behavior rather than messing up the system.

According to a new study, mice that receive a human version of a speech and language gene display accelerated learning. Don’t expect these findings to lead to a rush of smarter, “uplifted” animals—though they might just reveal something new and fascinating about the evolution of human speech and language.

 

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September 17th, 2014 at 11:30 am

Top 3 amazing ways 3D printing is already revolutionizing healthcare

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The Simulator Program surpasses conventional systems with next-generation mannequins and 3D printing.

Gabriel Mandeville at five months old seemed like any other normal, healthy baby. Then he began having infantile spasms. The spasms became so frequent and severe that he had to undergo a hemispherectomy: a complicated surgical procedure that separates one side of the brain from another. Luckily, doctors at the Boston Children’s Hospital were able to use 3D printing technology to greatly increase the chances for a successful operation. (Video)

 

 

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