Mariano Tufro

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Your iPhone is making you lonely

Nine years ago, on a visit to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, the evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar tried out a …

Psychology

Just a few nights of bad sleep upsets your brain

<b>Thanks to the clocks going back, many of us managed to grab a little bit of extra shut-eye over the weekend.</b><p>And that's no bad thing because, as a country, we seem to be chronically sleep-deprived. According to the Sleep Council, the average Briton gets six-and-a-half hours sleep a night, which for …

Mental Health

DeepMind's new AI ethics unit is the company's next big move

As we hand over more of our lives to artificial intelligence systems, keeping a firm grip on their ethical and societal impact is crucial. For …

Pick your practice wisely — meditation's benefits depend on its style

Focusing on your breath won’t make you nicer<p>Not all meditation is created equal, according to a new study. And if you’re looking to meditate to improve something specific, you should pick a practice that focuses on the thing you’d like to improve.<p>Many studies have been done to show the benefits of …

Mindfulness reduces alcohol consumption in heavy drinkers

Mindfulness is not a fad. The technique, which encourages people to focus on thoughts, sounds and sensations, is recommended by the National …

Your Brain Doesn't Contain Memories. It Is Memories

Recall your favorite memory: the big game you won; the moment you first saw your child's face; the day you realized you had fallen in love. It's not …

The Brain

The Brain Literally Starts Eating Itself When It Doesn't Get Enough Sleep

Holy crap.<p>The need for sleep goes far beyond simply replenishing our energy levels every 12 hours. Our brains actually change states when we sleep to …

Our brains predict events in fast-forward

Your brain on autocomplete<p>What happens when you look up and see a ball headed toward you? Without even thinking about it, you flinch. That might be because our brains are constantly living our lives in fast-forward, playing out the action in our head before it happens.<p>Humans have to navigate, and …

From womb to world: scans capture how our brains develop during pregnancy and beyond

The human brain is incredibly complex and there's still so much we don't know about it. To bring together some of the missing puzzle pieces, the …

Reality is not what it seems: the science behind why optical illusions mess with our minds

In February 2015, a photo posted on Tumblr went viral on a global scale and inadvertently spoke to the issue of the subjectivity of perception - and …

Just like humans, artificial intelligence can be sexist and racist

Machine learning is one of the biggest drivers of artificial intelligence technology at present. Algorithms within machine learning applications have …

Brain scans unlock the secrets of how we dream and could even reveal what we're dreaming of

A neuroscience study has upended what we know about dreaming. It identifies a “hot zone” in the brain that indicates when dreams are occurring, and …

Study finds some significant differences in brains of men and women

Do the anatomical differences between men and women—sex organs, facial hair, and the like—extend to our brains? The question has been as difficult to …

Rise of the machines: are algorithms sprawling out of our control?

Gloomy predictions abound that the applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning will put huge numbers of people out of work in the …

Lithium-ion co-creator introduces new battery with up to 3 times the juice

Lithium-ion battery-cell chemistry is currently dominant in electric cars, not to mention consumer electronics and other fields.<p>But what seems to be an army of researchers thinks it can be improved.<p>That includes one of the people who helped create lithium-ion batteries in the first place.<p>John …

Which stories go viral? Those that tickle just the right spots of our brains

Scans show how our brains calculate the value—but it's still not the whole story.<p>To figure out if a story will go viral on the Web, a crystal ball …

This wearable will tell you how other people are feeling from the tone of their voice

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed wearable tech that could help avoid crossed wires and miscommunication.<p>Using …

3D-printed phone attachment could help identify TB and Ebola

A mobile phone 'case' has been used to detect cancer-related mutations in DNA for the first time. Using a microscope attached to a mobile phone it …

Not so grey matter! Brain scans are transformed into beautiful and sprawling works of neon art

Phrenologists used to have a monopoly on brain scans: they'd feel around on a patient's head for bumps and use a map of the skull to diagnose a …

Brain activity 'key in stress link to heart disease'

<b>The effect of constant stress on a deep-lying region of the brain explains the increased risk of heart attack, a study in The Lancet suggests.</b><p>In a study of 300 people, those with higher activity in the amygdala were more likely to develop cardiovascular disease - and sooner than others.<p>Stress could …

LinkedIn’s and eBay’s founders are donating $20 million to protect us from artificial intelligence

It’s part of a $27 million fund being managed by MIT and Harvard.<p>Reid Hoffman, the founder of LinkedIn, and the Omidyar Network, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s nonprofit, have each committed $10 million to fund academic research and development aimed at keeping artificial intelligence systems …

The threat of AI taking our jobs has been exaggerated. The future is in the 'human services cloud'

Advances in deep learning have led Elon Musk and others to start preparing for the AI apocalypse. And indeed, by feeding terabytes into neural …

Google's AI just created its own universal 'language'

Google has previously taught its artificial intelligence to play games, and it's even capable of creating its own encryption. Now, its language …

Machine Translation

Brain implant helps paralysed monkeys walk in just six days

Spinal cord injuries typically cause communication between the brain and physiological areas to become disrupted, preventing the person from moving. …

Apps are dying. Long live the subservient bots ready to fulfil your every desire

<b>The app boom is over. There are now more than 4.2 million apps</b> available for Android and iOS, but three-quarters of American smartphone users …

Boost memory and remember more with these hacks

When Dr. Julia Shaw talks about hacking memory - she’s not talking about stealing our information. In fact, the scientist, psychologist and senior …

Hacking

It Took 1700 Hours to Map a Fly’s Brain

Mapping a fruit fly’s neuronal network for the first time was an incredibly labor intensive task, but the result was a major step forward for neuroscience.<p>A team of researchers from Tokai University in Japan recently produced the first 3D model of a fruit fly's neuronal network. The team's work is …

Robots can perform surgery inside your eyeballs

The R2D2 is magnitudes more stable than the steadiest surgeon's hand.<p>Doctors at Oxford University made medical history recently by successfully completing the first robot-assisted intraocular surgery. Robert MacLaren, Professor of Ophthalmology at the university, and his team managed to gently peel …

Oxford University

Monkeys have been trained to type the works of Shakespeare using only brain waves

Technology capable of reading brain signals has allowed a group of monkeys to control a cursor on a screen and type at a rate of up to 12 words per …

We're all living in a 'conceptual prison': our brains perceive a fraction of reality to keep us alive

Seeing may be believing but, says cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman, it shouldn't be. For millions of years the Australian jewel beetle's …