‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces

‘Neurograins’ Could be the Next Brain-Computer Interfaces

“Typically, the smaller you make something, the less likely it is to be detected by the immune system as a foreign object,” says Solzbacher, who wasn’t involved in the Brown study.

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

A Stroke Study Reveals the Future of Human Augmentation

As seen in the trial, when the vagus nerve receives extra stimulation, it causes the brain to release neuromodulators, which regulate the body’s responses.

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

To Learn More Quickly, Brain Cells Break Their DNA

To their surprise, the researchers found that stimulating cultured neurons triggered double-strand breaks in their DNA, and the breaks quickly increased the expression of a dozen fast-acting genes associated with synaptic activity in learning and memory.

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

A Boy, His Brain, and a Decades-Long Medical Controversy

In late March, with Timothy in a deepening depression, his parents and uncle made a plan: They would rent a car with no back doors, sedate him with Benadryl, and drive him overnight to the child psychiatric unit at UCLA.

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

Even Mild Brain Injuries Raise the Risk of Dementia

When the University of Pennsylvania researchers analyzed the data on traumatic brain injuries, they found that people who sustained one head injury were 25 percent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not.

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

Why Retro-Looking Games Get So Much Love

But when we play a game from childhood, or even one that looks like a game from that time, there’s a compounding effect of pleasure.

If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

If You Transplant a Human Head, Does Its Consciousness Follow?

Why do you want to perfect transplanting a human head?” White had lots of reasons for why he wanted to do it, but no one was really sufficiently convinced by any of them to say this is worth risking someone's life.

The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All

The Brain’s ‘Background Noise’ May Be Meaningful After All

Photograph: Jessica VoytekIn collaboration with neuroscientists at UC San Diego and Berkeley, Voytek developed software that isolates regular oscillations—like alpha waves, which are studied heavily in both sleeping and waking subjects—hiding in the aperiodic parts of brain activity.

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

Why 'Head Empty' Memes Are Dominating 2020

“It’s probably no accident this stuff is cropping up at a time when there’s nothing but complications out there,” says Ryan Milner, a professor of internet culture at College of Charleston and author of 2017’s The World Made Meme.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

The strange and surprising ways wild animals prepare for winter.

Eastern mole (Scalopus aquaticus © Chris Helzer/TNC For one week each fall, in between bouts of watching football, harvesting the garden or cleaning up all those fallen leaves, hundreds of thousands of people deliberate on some really fat bears.

Confused About Covid Brain Fog? Doctors Have Questions, Too

Confused About Covid Brain Fog? Doctors Have Questions, Too

About a third of his patients say they can’t recall telephone numbers they used to know, or that they struggle to remember the right word, feeling like it’s on the tip of their tongue but just out of reach.

Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart

Your Brain Prefers Happy Endings. That’s Not Always Smart

Thanks to their work with fMRI imaging, Vestergaard and Schultz are also able to suggest some of the mechanical underpinnings of this preference by showing that different parts of the brain preserve and process different pieces of information from the same experience.

How to Beat Zoom Fatigue—and Set Healthy Boundaries

How to Beat Zoom Fatigue—and Set Healthy Boundaries

Now more than six months into a global pandemic, Zoom calls have quickly become the preferred alternative to in-person interactions, whether it’s a work meeting, happy hour, wedding, or birthday celebration.

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

Is the Internet Conscious? If It Were, How Would We Know?

There’s a lot of discussion about artificial consciousness and the possibility of machines gaining self-awareness once they become sufficiently complex.As it happens, one of the most convincing cases for internet consciousness stems from a theory of mind that was developed to account for precisely this kind of unified experience.

Neuralink Is Impressive Tech, Wrapped in Musk Hype

Neuralink Is Impressive Tech, Wrapped in Musk Hype

The Neuralink picks up electrical signals—the “spikes” or “action potentials” that run the length of neurons when they’re activated, and signal the squirting of neurotransmitter chemicals across synapses.

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

Elon Musk Is About to Show Off His Neuralink Brain Implant

“There’s a lot of uncertainty in the whole field as to whether [Neuralink] is ever going to be successful,” says Sid Kouider, a former neuroscientist at the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who has since started his own neural interface startup, NextMind.

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

A Radical New Model of the Brain Illuminates Its Wiring

Phrenology depended on the assumption that different parts of the brain are associated with different traits and abilities, a position called “localizationism.” And the absurdity of skull-measuring did not necessarily invalidate this notion.

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

A Study Finds Sex Differences in the Brain. Does It Matter?

Nevertheless, Raznahan has continued to study sex differences, in the hope that they could help us better understand neurodevelopmental disorders.

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

How to Trick Your Brain to Remember Almost Anything

To memorize these, Dellis recommends starting by turning each one of those items into an easily-remembered image.This technique of linking images with places is called the memory palace, and it’s particularly useful for remembering the order of certain elements, says Shaw.

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Artist Rachel Cabitt Is Trapped In a Quarantine Horror Film

Moments like these, along with flickers of inspiration from Cindy Sherman, the Italian horror film Suspiria, and the seductive glow of a neon sign, led photographer Rachel Cabitt to her latest project: drafting a storyboard for a suspense-laden tale about her lockdown experience in her New York City railroad apartment.

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

Why Covid-19 Quarantine Dreams Are Taking Over the Internet

The dreams remind Gravely of reports she’s read about dreamers in Nazi Germany, who wove “bureaucratic fairy tales” about nose-shape-verification departments and regulations prohibiting “residual bourgeois tendencies.” As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, more and more people are experiencing nightmares about the new laws of social distancing—other people coughing on them, crowding too close in elevators, not wearing masks—and, of course, chicken part numbers and other improbable grocery store complexities.

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

What Does Covid-19 Do to Your Brain?

Scientists are still trying to figure out if the same is true for Covid-19, or if the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2 is actually invading the nervous system directly.If the coronavirus is breaching the blood-brain barrier and infecting neurons, that could make it harder to find effective treatments.

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Squids' Gene-Editing Superpowers May Unlock Human Cures

Scientists at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, and their colleagues reported on Monday in the journal Nucleic Acids Research that longfin inshore squid (Doryteuthis pealeii) are the first known animals that can edit messenger RNA outside the cell nucleus.

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

How to Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

Companies like Twitter and Square—which share Jack Dorsey as CEO—have now taken the next logical step of asking employees to work from home whenever possible, and more could potentially follow their lead.

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

How to Be Humane to a Lab-Grown Brain

“In order for it to be a good model, you want it to be as human as possible,” said Hank Greely, a law professor at Stanford University who specializes in ethical and legal issues in the biosciences.

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

The Most Complete Brain Map Ever Is Here: A Fly's 'Connectome'

Janelia researchers announced a major step in that quest on Wednesday, releasing a wiring diagram of the fly brain that contains 25,000 neurons and the 20 million connections between them.Rubin hopes wiring diagrams such as this one, showing neurons involved in navigation, will give researchers a better sense of how brain circuits work.

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Artist Refik Anadol Turns Data Into Art, With Help From AI

Anadol creates mesmerizing art installations by seeking out interesting data sets and processing them into swirling visualizations of how computers capture the world and people in it.Anadol used machine learning to group photos and morph between them, creating flickering images of the city as recorded by many different people.

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

Mind Control for the Masses—No Implant Needed

His startup, NextMind, makes a non-invasive neural interface that sits on the back of one’s head, and translates brain waves into data that can be used to control compatible software.

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

Enhanced Intelligence, VR Sex, and Our Cyborg Future

If you could press a button to merge your mind with an artificial intelligence computer—expanding your brain power, your memory, and your creative capacity—would you take the leap?“I would press it in a microsecond,” says Sebastian Thrun, who previously led Stanford University’s AI Lab. Turning yourself into a cyborg might sound like pure sci-fi, but recent progress in AI, neural implants , and wearable gadgets make it seem increasingly imaginable.