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Harvard to investigate human learning, use data to build new AIs

Harvard University has announced an ambitious new project to conduct a major investigation into the brain. It aims to generate over a petabyte of data which will be used to build next-generation artificial intelligence systems modeled on human life.

How memory loss is linked to schizophrenia

Columbia University researchers have found that deficits in social memory (which is connected with schizophrenia) is associated with a decrease in certain brain cells.

Dementia Research Institute to be established in U.K.

London - Although the U.K, government has been pushing through many cuts to its departments, it has protected science spending in real terms. One area where resources will be distributed is towards a new Dementia Research Institute.

Bilingual people recover from strokes better

Edinburgh - Bilingual people, according to a new study, are twice as likely to recover from a stroke compared with people who speak just one language.

Super-sensitive artificial skin developed

Scientists have constructed an artificial skin that is so sensitive it can send a pressure sensation directly to a single brain cell.

Review: Reading improves a child's brain Special

The human brain is plastic; that is, it is ever changing, influenced daily by sights, sounds and learning. Modern Magnetic Resonance Imaging has shown that creative activities enhance and develop various parts of the brain.

Too much willpower leads to memory loss

A new study indciates that people who exercise willpower could suffer impaired memory function, via the draining of shared brain mechanisms and structures.

Potential Alzheimer’s treatment reaches final stage

Drug company Neurimmune, together with partner organization Biogen, have begun a Phase III study into a novel Alzheimer’s treatment called Aducanumab.

New Alzheimer’s and migraine treatments being developed

Major pharmaceutical companies Amgen and Novartis are to collaborate on novel neuroscience treatments for Alzheimer's disease and migraine.

Cracking down on fungal meningitis

The brain disease meningitis is caused by different microorganisms. One of the most difficult forms to detect and treat is fungal meningitis. Researchers have a new approach to treat the disease.

Scientists grow first human brain in laboratory

Stunning but spooky – scientists have succeeded in growing the first human brain ever in a laboratory and the implications are mind-boggling.

One woman's determination to defeat a rare disease Special

Tallahassee - There are no highly publicized marathons, or ribbons you can wear. The public is ignorant to the existence of the disease. Because of that; one woman is determined to find a cure, so no one else can suffer like she has.

Someone posted a photo of what looks like brain in KFC meal

A disgusted Kentucky Fried Chicken fan posted a photo of his meal after something that looked like a brain that was hidden under the crispy batter.

BBC experiment lets you change TV channels with your mind

The BBC has announced that it is experimenting with brainwave reading devices that could let you control the iPlayer with only your mind. The broadcasting company has already built an internal prototype that lets you choose a program by thinking of it.

Injectable brain electronics aid health and potential immortality

Major advances in the treatment of brain disorders and the future possibility of computerized immortality have now got one step closer, after scientists successfully used a syringe to inject "flexible" electronics into the brains of mice.

Op-Ed: How much of your brain do you really use?

How much of the brain do we employ and how much remains unused? What would happen if we could release the full potential of our brains?

Disabled man controls robot arm with his mind

California - A group of researchers has helped a paralyzed man gain control of a robotic arm with the power of his mind — all thanks to a chip implanted in his brain.

Memristor circuit recreates the brain and carries out human tasks

Researchers have developed a new kind of neural circuit that uses memristor technology to replicate the complex human brain. The "intelligent" circuit was able to perform some human tasks that computers usually struggle at, such as image classification.

Brain surgery man helps with tinnitus research

Biologists are looking into the basis of the ear-ringing 'disease' tinnitus through a study into a 50 year-old man. The man is undergoing brain surgery. The aim is to find more about the condition.

This guy filmed his own brain surgery

Boston - Steven Keating, an MIT doctoral student, was diagnosed with brain cancer last year, so he decided to film his own brain surgery.

Air pollution may shrink brains increasing dementia and strokes

A new scientific study links long term exposure to air pollution with smaller brains and increased risk of cognitive impairment and strokes.

Deep-brain stimulation helps Parkinson's

San Fransisco - Deep-brain stimulation appears to treat slow movement, tremor, and rigidity in Parkinson’s patients. This is by reducing synchronicity of neural activity in the motor cortex.

HIV rapidly invades the brain, following infection

San Fransisco - The virus that causes AIDS can rapidly replicate and mutate in the brain, as early as four months after initial infection, a science team report.

European brain project under review

Brussels - Following serious criticism throughout 2014, the European Commission–led scheme to map the brain’s neural connections must undergo serious reform or be shut down, according to a review panel.

Sleep-walking neurons could offer Alzheimer's clue

The finding that the brain's in-built "GPS" never stops working, even when we are asleep, could provide the basis of a treatment to tackle early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Meditation may delay age-related deterioration of brain

A new study from the Brain Mapping Center at the University of California at Los Angeles, shows that meditating daily over a few years can reduce age-related memory loss.

Study says anxiety in toddlers could alter brain physically

A new study from the Yale Child Study Center has shown that anxiety in preschoolers can physically change the structure of their brains.

Vernon Mountcastle, pioneering neuroscientist, has died

New York - Vernon Mountcastle, who mapped the functional landscape of the neocortex, has died at the age of 96. His original theory, now commonly accepted, was seen as of immense controversy back in the 1960s.

Brain hormones affect fat and obesity

A new study has found how certain hormones, active in the brain, affect levels of fat (and types of "good" and "bad" fat). In turn, this influences levels of obesity.

Smartphone use rewires your brain

With electronic gadgets now commonplace, new research suggests that smartphone users' thumbs are reshaping their brains.
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A screenshot of a YouTube video showing a man controlling a robot arm.
A screenshot of a YouTube video showing a man controlling a robot arm.
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Brain scans of various disorders of consciousness  including minimally conscious state
Brain scans of various disorders of consciousness, including minimally conscious state
Wiki
DTI image of corpus callosum shown in red and superimposed on a background MRI image of brain. Photo...
DTI image of corpus callosum shown in red and superimposed on a background MRI image of brain. Photograph: Institute of Psychiatry
Institute of Psychiatry
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An MRI brain scan
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Harvard researchers will analyse human learning to generate a petabyte of data for use in building n...
Harvard researchers will analyse human learning to generate a petabyte of data for use in building new AIs that replicate the brain
Harvard University / John A. Paul School of Applied Science
Forgotten region of brain rediscovered
Forgotten region of brain rediscovered
Yeatman et al
A new memristor-based circuit replicates 100 synapses in the brain and is capable of carrying out  h...
A new memristor-based circuit replicates 100 synapses in the brain and is capable of carrying out "human" tasks like image classification
Sonia Fernandez
Human brain.
Human brain.
National Institute of Mental Health
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Brain preserved in formaldehyde
Gaetan Lee
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PET scans showing the differances between a normal older adult's brain and the brain of an older adult afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. — On photo (left to right): PET scan of normal brain, PET scan of Alzheimer’s disease brain.
National Institutes of Health
Orbitofrontal cortex of the brain
Orbitofrontal cortex of the brain
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Hyperconnectivity of brain s neural pathways before and after using magic mushrooms
Hyperconnectivity of brain's neural pathways before and after using magic mushrooms
Journal of the Royal Society
Neural tissue meshed with injected electronics
Neural tissue meshed with injected electronics
Lieber Research Group, Harvard Univesity
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Photo of book "How God Changes Your Brain"
Doctors prefer to avoid any sort of brain surgery but in some cases  such as this one  there is no o...
Doctors prefer to avoid any sort of brain surgery but in some cases, such as this one, there is no other choice.
OpenStax College
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Brain and memory
Picower Institute for Memory and Learning
Brain’s white matter obtained from diffusion tensor imaging. Photograph: Institute of Psychiatry
Brain’s white matter obtained from diffusion tensor imaging. Photograph: Institute of Psychiatry
Institute of Psychiatry
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Conference on Brain Injury, July 2020 San Francisco, CA Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt Courtesy of NCIRE – The Veterans Health Research Institute
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This picture by the National Institute of Health compares a healthy brain to a brain damaged by Alzheimer's Disease.
National Institutes of Health