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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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The Anti-Placebo

AKA the nocebo effect. Poor expectations of treatment can override all the effect of a potent pain-relieving drug, a brain imaging study at Oxford University has shown. In contrast, positive expectations of treatment doubled the natural physiological or biochemical effect … 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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Turing Would Smile

Nice one from Tony Auth today. Tony Auth Editorial Cartoon  

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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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Baa Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

“Yes sir, yes sir, Three bags full. One point five for my Master, One point one for my Dame, Four tenths for the little boy, who lives in the Lane.” Over the past few decades, evidence has quietly built up … Continue reading

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