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Spider venom found to reduce stroke-induced brain damage

The Australian funnel-web spider is generally something you'd want to steer well clear of, but the creepy crawly could soon be helping out stroke …

A University Professor Wants You to Look at Porn for Science

Western University’s Taylor Kohut wants to crowdsource an answer to the eternal question, ‘Is this pornography?’<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>Any excuse to look at porn is good.<p>A new app being developed by researchers asks users to look at pornography for the purposes of …

Alcohol Dependent People May Lack Important Enzyme

<i>Summary: Researchers identify a role for the enzyme PRDM2 in alcoholism.</i><p>Source: Linköping University<p><b>A research group under the leadership of</b> …

UBC-led researchers uncover genetic effects of FASD

Canadian researchers are one step closer to uncovering a biomarker associated with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder after identifying distinct …

How thousands of gamers are helping to decode the human body

<i>EVE Online</i> isn't just a game about internet spaceships and sci-fi politics. Since March, developer CCP Games has been running Project Discovery – an …

Doctor Ready to Perform First Human Head Transplant

Tech & Science Brains Brain Issue 2016<p>One fall day in 1974, when he was 9, Sergio Canavero visited his regular newsstand on a bustling street in …

DARPA funds a program so computers can read thoughts

In the future, computers may be able to read your thoughts through a connection with the brain. DARPA wants to create a device that could help make that happen.<p>The device, which will be the size of two stacked nickels, will translate information from a brain into digital signals for use on a …

DARPA wants to build wetware so we can mind control computers

Hot damn, our Ghost in the Shell future is getting closer by the day. DARPA announced on Tuesday that it is interested in developing wetware -- implantable brain-machine interfaces (BMI) that will allow their users to control computers with their thoughts. The device, developed as part of the …

The brain functional connectome is robustly altered by lack of sleep.

2016 Feb 15;127:324-332. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.12.028. Epub 2015 Dec 19.<p>1NORMENT, KG Jebsen Centre for Psychosis Research, Division of …

Digital version of piece of rat brain fires like the real thing

The brain is going digital. A tiny piece of a rat’s brain has been reconstructed in minute detail in a computer. The digital piece of brain, which …

A Single Neuron May Carry Up To 1000 Genetic Mutations

<b>A single neuron in a normal adult brain likely has more than a thousand genetic mutations that are not present in the cells that surround it,</b> …

What you need to know about space colonization and humankind's future away from Earth

After a light night spent skimming the <i>Interstellar</i> Wikipedia page, I began to wonder about some of the bigger questions of humankind: Will we live on Mars? Will we inhabit the moon? Will we just build our own giant space home away from home? Will Matthew McConaughey ever have another year like 2014?<p>…

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people? | Ian Sample

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Stanford University

Watson Can Help You Treat Your Diabetes

Through a new partnership with CVS<p>People with diabetes may need emergency care if their sugar levels dip too high or too low; those with heart disease must be rushed to the hospital should they have a cardiac event. Now CVS Pharmacy and IBM’s cognitive computing system Watson have teamed up to …

Diabetes

3D Color Images Of The Brain Reveal Its Glorious Unseen Detail

A huge undertaking that could help researchers visualize neurological diseases<p>The human brain remains one of the most mysterious organs in the human body. However, an imaging technique tested on mice brains and developed by a group of researchers including from Harvard, MIT, and Boston University, …

Neuroscience

What are the limits of human vision?

From spotting galaxies millions of light years away to perceiving invisible colours, Adam Hadhazy explains why your eyes can do incredible things.<p>Take a look around the room – what do you see? All those colours, the walls, the windows – everything seems so self-evident, just so there. It's weird to …

Andromeda Galaxy

Neurocognitive evidence for mental imagery-driven hypoalgesic and hyperalgesic pain regulation

Abstract<p>Mental imagery has the potential to influence perception by directly altering sensory, cognitive, and affective brain activity associated …

The myth of mental illness and violence

Surveys reveal that the public associates mental illness with violent crime – Claudia Hammond says the evidence suggests otherwise.<p>On 24 March 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 crashed into the French Alps, killing all 144 passengers on board and six crew members. In the days that followed, …

IBM Thinks It Can Make You a Better Writer

But it's wrong<p>When I woke up this morning, I never thought there would be a way to stack my letter-writing skills up against one of the greatest authors of all time. Yet, as is the way of technology, I was proved wrong. IBM’s web innovation hub, the Watson Developer Cloud, came out with a demo of …

Artificial Intelligence

Cute robot politely shows self-awareness

We're a very long way from a robot that can think like a human -- if, indeed, it's a possibility at all -- but if it is going to happen, several things have to fall into place.<p>One big step toward a true artificial intelligence is self-awareness, the ability to recognise oneself as an individual …

Figure 1 is medicine's answer to Instagram for crowdsourcing diagnoses

Being pegged as the ‘Instagram for Doctors’, Figure 1 for iOS and Android is a growing hit among medical professionals and lay people alike.<p>The photo-sharing network, aimed at health professionals, is free to download and lets health care workers upload photos, X-rays, scans, charts and other …

Your Phone Can Tell Whether You’re Depressed

You may think you know a lot about the inner workings of your phone, but your phone may have an even better picture of your mental state.<p>A new study published yesterday in the Journal of Medical Internet Research by researchers from Northwestern University details how GPS and usage sensors can …

Northwestern University

Now You Can Turn Your Photos Into Computerized Nightmares With 'Deep Dream'

Is this the real life? Is this just fantasy?<p>Have you ever wondered how your computer sees the world? Spoiler alert: it's the stuff of psychedelic nightmares, as the internet found out last month when Google revealed that in order to sort and categorize images online, it uses an artificial …

What is the speed of thought?

It feels instantaneous, but how long does it really take to think a thought?<p>As inquisitive beings, we are constantly questioning and quantifying the …

Los Angeles

Prescription Pill Makes You Forget To Be Addicted To Drugs

Already prescribed for high blood pressure, but shown to help addicted rats<p>Addiction is more complex than a chemical need for a particular substance—it’s a conjunction of circumstantial and social cues that remind an addict that they need to take a hit. Now researchers from the University of Texas …

You Could One Day Be Identified By Your Unique 'Brainprint'

Our neurons respond differently to the same words<p>Sometimes, other people interpret your words differently than you may have intended--like you’re not on the same wavelength. Turns out that the neuroscience backs up that idea; words elicit unique neurological responses in different people's brains, …

Brainwaves

Brain implant controls robotic arm - with the power of thought

Erik Sorto, a 34-year old American, has been unable to move his arms or legs for more than a decade, since a gunshot wound left him paralysed from the neck down. Even now, he misses the little things.<p>“I want to be able to drink my own beer - to be able to take a drink at my own pace, when I want to …

Watch the moon wobble its way through all of 2015 in this NASA video

As the moon orbits Earth, it keeps the same face oriented toward our planet—almost. From our view, this slight variance—known as libration—looks like a wobble that slowly changes our view of the Moon.<p>Thanks to NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, a satellite that has orbited the moon since 2009, we …

Astronomy

Could light work like Vicodin to kill pain?

Neuroscientists have figured out a way to use light to activate opioid receptors—which interact with painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin.<p>“It’s …