Category Archives: Neuroscience

Could This Beetle Fight a Battle in a Bottle With a Paddle?

How to control your beetle. Implant a few electrodes in the pupa. Wait. Control your grown-up zombie beetle with a WII. The critter is a bit of a cyborg actually – part june bug, part computer. The man behind the zombie … Continue reading

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Tasting, Tasting…

What is taste? This Big Think special series looks at what taste actually is—from both a scientific and sociological perspective—and why it is that we find some tastes so appealing and others disgusting. What Is Taste? | Special Series | … Continue reading

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Your Brain Just Got More Complicated

Much more complicated. Neurons are complicated, but the basic functional concept is that synapses transmit electrical signals to the dendrites and cell body (input), and axons carry signals away (output). In one of many surprise findings, Northwestern University scientists have … Continue reading

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A: Watson

Q: What has … 15 terabytes of RAM, 2,880 processor cores and can operate at 80 teraflops, or 80 trillion operations per second. IBM’s Watson Supercomputer Set to Take On Jeopardy Champs | Epicenter | Wired.com Yet, as I noted a … Continue reading

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You are the World

In terms of information processing, that is. Notice in this article the comparison between all the information in the world, the DNA in your body, and the neuron activity in a single human brain. Martin Hilbert, of the USC Annenberg … Continue reading

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The Long Arm of DARPA

DARPA is intent on developing a mind-controlled robot arm.             No, not that one. This one: The arm, which was developed at a cost of over $100 million by DARPA and Johns Hopkins University over … Continue reading

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Does That Hurt? Don’t Look Away!

From the BBC: Contrary to many people’s compulsion to look away during a painful event such as an injection, scientists found that looking at your body – in this case the hand – reduces the pain experienced. The team also … Continue reading

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