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Engineering the Human Brain

Wired’s piece, “The $1.3B Quest to Build a Supercomputer Replica of a Human Brain“, is a must-read — if you’re into big data, neuroscience, super …

Amazing Photographs Of A Giant, Forgotten Collection Of Human Brains

This brain collection from the University of Texas, which effectively disappeared for decades, has been rediscovered and is going to be the subject of a book–as well as an important new site of brain research.<p>After decades languishing in jars in the closet of an animal lab at the University of …

How to avoid brain cell 'traffic jams' - Futurity

U. BUFFALO (US) — Defects in a protein that controls the speed at which materials …

Microscopic bunny could help fight brain disorders

Japanese researchers have demonstrated a new type of resin that could be used in 3D micro-electrodes that interface with the brain. With the material, it's possible to micro-sculpt tiny objects that hold their shape after being "carbonized" at 800 degrees Celsius, which increases electrical …

Atomic Bomb Tests From 1950's & 1960's Helped Show That Brain Cells Can Be Created In Adulthood

Aboveground nuclear bomb testing in the 1950s and 1960s inadvertently gave modern scientists a way to prove the adult brain regularly creates new neurons, research reveals.<p>Researchers used to believe that the brain changed little once it finished maturing. That view is now considered out of date, …

A muffin top? Yummy. No, such names for women's body parts are unsavoury

<b>What would you recommend to cover up my muffin top?</b><i><br>Andrea Taureau, by email</i><p>Well, I'm not really sure, Andrea. You could just put a little tea towel …

The Sharky Tea Infuser, designed in Argentina by Pablo Matteoda has a clever design that is both fun and useful. The floating tea infuser extracts tea leaves, herbs or fruit in water until completely saturated. During the waiting process, you can see the color of your tea create a beautiful effect which reminded us of the movie scenes where the ocean turned blood red (o

The Teacher's Guide To Google Glass

If you’re as excited as Katie and me about Google Glass, this guide is for you. We like to take on the latest technology and see how it fits into …

Visualized: Google Glass prototypes

As a part of the 7 Techmakers and a Microphone panel tonight at Google I/O, Project Glass Staff Hardware Engineer Jean Wang dropped in this slide reflecting on the process of developing the headset. We've seen pictures of a few early Glass prototypes before, but as she describes, this shows off the …

Congress Asks if Google Glass Will Be a Privacy Nightmare

Google Glass makes it easy for wearers to surreptitiously take pictures or video of unknowing subjects. That's caused more than a few people to ask: …

Google Glass apps are easy to develop, but brutally difficult to design well

Timothy Jordan, developer advocate for Glass, takes a small stage in a large anteroom at Moscone West.<p>“[Glass] is a moonshot about our relationship to technology … technology that’s there when you need it and out of the way when you don’t.”<p>He’s selling the device, but in this crowd, there’s no need.<p>…

6 Ways Google Glass Can Supercharge Your Workflow

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This is the second in a four-part weekly series as I test Google Glass for personal and business uses.</i><p>At $1,500, the developer edition of Google Glass might seem like an expensive but ultimately superfluous toy. At least that's how I felt …

The Problem With Google Glass Isn't Just Privacy; It's Us

Google Glass may be a big technological step forward, but its privacy concerns are no different from camera phones from a decade ago.<p>This week, …

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How You Really Look Wearing Google Glass

Google Glass is the future — or at least, that's what techies across the web keep saying. Google continues to distribute Explorer editions of its …

Google Glass Privacy Concerns Spurred Lawmakers To Ask Larry Page These 8 Questions

Eight members of congress belonging to a bipartisan "privacy caucus" have penned a letter to Google chief executive Larry Page to request additional information about the privacy implications of Google Glass, Google's yet-to-be released wearable computing device.<p>Noting that they are "curious …

Google Glass: Vancouver demo finds fans, privacy concerns (with video)

At first glance it looks like Phil Wu is just another guy wearing glasses.<p>But take a second look and you realize there’s something missing — there’s …

The First Round Of Apps For Google Glass Is Here

Our first clue at how people might actually use Google Glass in the real world.<p>Google announced today at the I/O developer conference in California that the first wave of apps, aside from the few that had already been announced, are here.<p>Google Glass is a first-generation beta product. The way …

Was an American engineer in Singapore killed for what he knew? So far, testimony points to suicide

The first week of coroner's inquiry into Dr. Shane Todd's death concluded today<p>The victim's family leaving court Friday afternoon. Left to right: Mary Todd, the victim's mother, with her son Chet Todd, his wife Corynne, sister-in-law, and husband Rick Todd. Photo: Belmont Lay<p>After a week of court …

Litvinenko inquest close to collapse after coroner rules crucial evidence secret

The inquest into the death of Alexander Litvinenko is close to collapse after a coroner partially upheld an application by William Hague to keep …

Minnesota lakes are loaded with chemicals -- even cocaine

<i>By Emily Sohn</i><i><br>Discovery News</i><p>From urban and developed to remote and isolated, lakes around Minnesota contain a wide range of chemicals, including DEET, BPA, prescription drugs and even cocaine.<p>The findings, which came out of the first large-scale, systematic statewide study, suggest that it might be …

Fighting to save Africa's rhinos

<i>By Rohit Kachroo, Correspondent, NBC News</i><p>First came the sound of gunshots late at night.<p>Then, a few hours later, a carcass was found -- his bloodied face and mutilated body shielded by the long grass.<p>Before long, the stench of death was rising from what was now a crime scene.<p>The rangers at Lewa …

Afghan parliament halts debate on women's rights law

<b>A debate by Afghan MPs about beefing up a law to prevent violence against women has been halted amid angry scenes.</b><p>Parliament's speaker ended the debate after 15 minutes after traditionalists called for the law to be scrapped.<p>A law banning violence against women, child marriages and forced marriages …

Afghan Parliament Halts Debate On Women's Rights Bill

After protests from some MPs and after only about 15 minutes, the Afghan parliament halted debate Saturday on a bill aimed at curbing violence against women.<p>As the BBC reports, the bill would have solidified a law passed by presidential decree in 2009, which banned "violence against women, child …

Impossible Choice Faces America's First 'Climate Refugees'

Climate change is a stark reality in America's northernmost state. Nearly 90 percent of native Alaskan villages are on the coast, where dramatic erosion and floods have become a part of daily life.<p>Perched on the Ninglick River on the west coast of the state, the tiny town of Newtok may be the …

Australian mining tycoon poised to become world’s wealthiest woman

One of the richest people in the world is getting just that little bit richer.<p>Even before last week, Gina Rinehart was worth about $17bn (£11.2bn), according to the Forbes rich list, making the mining magnate Australia’s wealthiest person by a comfortable stretch.<p>That figure is about to swell a …

We've Got Your RSS Covered! Save Your Google Reader Feeds Now

We’ve Got Your RSS Covered! Save Your Google Reader Feeds Now<p>Inside Flipboard / March 14, 2013<p>Today, Google announced it’s going to retire Google …