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Latest significant advancements in neuroscience research. Reporting on the far-reaching impacts of neuroscience on society and humanity.

The Secret To Einstein’s Genius? Brain Study Notes Unusually Well-Connected Hemispheres

We now know that Einstein, one of history’s greatest physicists, had an unusually well-connected brain. The new insight was gleaned from a recently discovered set of 14 photographs of Einstein’s brain taken just after his autopsy.

Scientists Grow Miniature, but Distinctly Human, Brain in the Lab

Austrian researchers have used regenerative techniques to grow a miniature human brain in the lab, they reported recently in the journal Nature. Using a bioreactor to improve cellular growing conditions, scientists obtained a brain-like organ that exhibited differentiated brain regions but stopped growing after a few months.

Researcher Remotely Operates Colleague’s Brain Over The Internet

A network of connected brains is the Holy Grail of Internet communications: Rather than type out an email, one user simply sends his or her thoughts directly to another. Researchers at the University of Washington recently moved one step closer to that goal with an experiment in which a researcher in one building controlled the hand movements of a colleague in another building.

New 3D Brain Map 50 Times More Detailed Than Previous Maps

A better understanding of the brain may help us better understand thought, behavior and neurological disorders. An improved tool to facilitate this—a new 3D map of the human brain—has recently been released. It’s hoped the map might reveal novel insights into brain function and perhaps help find cures for related diseases.

70,000+ Have Played ‘Eyewire’ Game That Trains Computers To Map the Brain

Your connectome, the map of all 86 billion connected neurons in your brain, is hopelessly complex. In fact, one human connectome has a staggering 10,000 times that number of neural pathways. Every thought you...

Cyber-AJ Treats His Tremors With Targeted Electrical Shock to the Brain

Andrew Johnson, or Cyber-AJ, is one of the 10 million people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease (PD) worldwide. The disease is progressive, and it is devastating. Johnson recently described himself as a “39 year old trapped in a 89 year old body.” But earlier this year, his life was transformed by a technique increasingly prescribed to a subset of PD patients called deep brain stimulation (DBS).

Scientists Able To Slow Aging In Mice By Modifying The Brain’s Hypothalamus

Researchers have now uncovered an area in the brain about the size of almond in humans that wields powerful control over the body’s aging process.

Samsung’s (Very) Early Attempts At Thought-Controlled Mobile Devices

Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones can be controlled by touch, gesture, eye movement—and your mind. Well, not exactly. Not yet. Not even close. Perhaps half in the name of science, half in the name of publicity, Samsung’s teamed up with Roozbeh Jafari—University of Texas, Dallas assistant professor and expert in wearable computing—to translate thoughts into common computing tasks using an electroencephalogram (EEG) cap.

Want To Have A Better Memory? Study Shows Sounds During Sleep Can Help

If you’re not willing to send electrical shocks through your brain – “mild” as they might be – to become smarter, here’s a much gentler option: play sounds while you sleep.

New Study Suggests Autism Could Be Diagnosed At Birth – By Analyzing The Placenta

Scientists have made strides recently in coming up with ways to detect autism earlier in children. But a recent study suggests it might be possible to diagnose the disorder right at the moment of birth. The telltale signs, they found, can be seen by analyzing the placenta.

New Technique Turns Brain Transparent, Gives Scientists Direct Look Into Brain

A new technique, developed by a scientist who’d already contributed an extraordinary tool to neuroscience, literally allows scientists to peer directly into the brain by making it transparent.

Autism Rate Rises To 1 In 50 Children – Cause Still A Mystery

It is thought that the increase is due to more autism cases being reported which had previously gone unreported, rather than an actual rise in the incidence of autism.

Multiple Vaccinations on Same Day Does Not Raise Autism Risk

A new study that should help assuage concerns shows that giving children multiple vaccines on the same day does not increase the risk for autism. How persuasive the study will be to doubting parents, however, is anybody’s guess.

Scientists Inject Human Brain Cells Into Mice, Make Them Smarter

And you thought it was all about the neurons. In an experiment that might seem like something only a mad scientist would conjure, researchers injected human brain cells into the brains of mice to see...

Brain Scans Can Now Tell Who You’re Thinking About

Beware stalkers, these neuroscientists can tell who you’re thinking of.

“H.M.” – The Man Who Had Part Of His Brain Removed And Changed Neuroscience Forever

He never got used to the graying person that greeted him in mirror every morning decades later. But even though his condition left him incapable of remembering new facts and new people, including his own aged self, the AAAS session that gathered in Boston last month affirms that he will always be remembered by a field on which he left a lasting mark.

New Glasses Help Colorblind To See Normally

With a new pair of stylish shades, people with colorblindness are beginning to see the world just as the rest of us do.

Brains of Two Rats “Linked” Half Way Across The World

Now neuroscientists are practicing telepathy. In a recent study, the brain signals of a rat performing a task were transmitted to another rat to help it perform the same task.

Leading Neuroscientist Says Kurzweil Singularity Prediction A “Bunch Of Hot Air”

Addressing fellow scientists, he dismissed the singularity as “a bunch of hot air,” and went on further to declare that “the brain is not computable and no engineering can reproduce it.”

Quest to Model the Human Brain Nets a Billion Euros

Is a billion euros enough to understand the human brain? The Human Brain Project thinks it’s a good start, and on January 28th, the European Commission agreed. The Human Brain Project was one of two projects to get a billion in backing after a two year decision period. Henry Markram, the project’s founder and co-director, hopes to use the funds to build a digital model of the human brain from the ground up to better understand how the brain works.

Deep Brain Stimulation Used To Treat Early Stage Parkinson’s Disease

A device that delivers electrical shocks directly into the brain has been shown to alleviate symptoms in people with early stage Parkinson’s disease better than the best treatments being used today. Normally reserved as...

Brain Pacemakers Used To Treat Alzheimer’s Disease

In an effort to alleviate the symptoms of a disease that has stubbornly resisted treatment, scientists are turning to a therapy that may appear more likely to be encountered on the sick bay of...

Does Passing A Small Current Through Your Brain Really Make You Smarter?

Want to be smarter, solve difficult puzzles, learn the piano in half the time? All you need is a little shock. A growing number of scientists are claiming that passing a small current through...

China Uses Controversial Brain Surgery To Cure Drug Addiction

A small handful of doctors in China are going to extremes to rid people of addiction. As a last resort against intractable addiction to heroine and alcohol, these doctors are attempting to erase motivation...

Cyborg Future Draws Closer As Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Brain Implant

In 1996, Jan Scheuermann was diagnosed with spinocerebellar degeneration, a hereditary condition in which areas of the spinal cord and brain that control movement deteriorate. She gradually became quadriplegic, losing the use of her...

Ray Kurzweil Teams Up With Google to Tackle Artificial Intelligence

Think we’ll have artifical intelligence by 2029? Ray Kurzweil does. He is simultaneously idolized and infamous for saying so. And now he will put his ideas to the test. On Friday, Kurzweil announced he’s...

Scientists Create Artificial Brain With 2.3 Million Simulated Neurons

Another computer is setting its wits to perform human tasks. But this computer is different. Instead of the tour de force processing of Deep Blue or Watson’s four terabytes of facts of questionable utility,...

A New Look At Einstein’s Brain May Answer Why He Was So Smart

Thanks to work of pathologist Thomas Harvey to preserve Albert Eisntein's brain decades ago, we can continue to busy ourselves today with trying to figure out what made Albert Einstein so smart. Knowing the world would want...
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Paralyzed Dogs Walk After Transplant Of Cells Taken From Their Noses

British researchers successfully restored the ability to walk in paralyzed dogs. Special cells taken from the dogs’ noses and transplanted to injured areas caused regrowth of neurons. Within six months the dogs amazingly regained...

Doctors Use Brain Scanner To Communicate With ‘Vegetative’ Patient

Contrary to what was previously thought, some people in a vegetative state may not be unaware of their surroundings. Brain scans recently showed one patient able to answer yes-or-no questions.  Researchers would ask the...

The Race to a Billion Billion Operations Per Second: An Exaflop by 2018?

Control Data Corp’s (CDC) first supercomputer, the CDC 6600, operated at a speed of three megaflops (106 floating-point operations per second).  A half century on, our most powerful supercomputers are a billion times faster....
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Exclusive: Ray Kurzweil Interview – The Future of Man And Machine

I am pleased to announce the release of Singularity Hub's recent interview with Ray Kurzweil below.  The interview with Kurzweil focused at first on his new book to be released November 13 "How to...

Can You Hear Me Now? Stem Cells Restore Hearing In Deaf Gerbils – When Will It Work On Humans?

In a new study, scientists were able to restore partial hearing to deaf gerbils by implanting human embryonic stem cells in their ears. The breakthrough offers hope that one day a similar treatment may...
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Scan Reveals Brain’s Structure To Be Much Simpler Than We Thought

More than any other part of the brain, the cerebral cortex makes us human. Through the electrical activity of the neuronal networks packed into the brain’s undulating outer surface we sense our environment, use...

Scientists Use Brain Scan To Detect Autism In Children As Young As Two

It has been known for some years now that autistic brains are abnormally large, but the inconsistent way in which the brains of different subjects were enlarged has made it difficult for scientists to...

Paralyzed Woman Controls Robotic Arm With Her Thoughts

Cathy Hutchinson hasn't moved her limbs of her own volition for 15 years, but by imagining she was using her own hand, she controlled a robotic arm to pick up a thermos of coffee...

New Device Automatically Slices and Scans Brains, Then Puts Them Into A Google Map

Forget all those hours of slicing your mouse brain in to sections, snapping images, and then manually putting them back together. Researchers have come up with a new device that images while it slices,...
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Drug To Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease Receives FDA Approval

Pharmaceutical giant Eli Lily just got FDA approval on a chemical that would enable clinicians to detect a biological marker for Alzheimer’s disease. They can detect the marker now, but currently quantifying it can...

Brain Scans Detect Autism In Six Month Olds

Autism is normally diagnosed in children at around 18 months to 2 years of age, when parents see odd behavior and take their child to the doctor. Unfortunately, by the time outward symptoms are...

Scientists Use Brain Waves To Eavesdrop On What We Hear

The day we can scan a person’s brain and “hear” their inner dialogue just got closer. Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley recorded brain activity in patients while the patients listened to a...

Latest Victory For Regenerative Medicine: Pituitary Grown From Embryonic Stem Cells

Chalk up another part of the body that can be grown from stem cells – at least in mice. Scientists in Japan have induced mouse embryonic stem cells to form a pituitary in the...
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Brain Scans On The Go – EEG Hooked Up To Your Smart Phone

Human brains are like wild animals, you learn more when you can watch them in their natural habitat. That's why five scientists in Milab at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have combined the...

Can Magnets On Your Brain Keep You From Lying?

Could telling the truth be as easy as holding a magnet to your head? Researchers at the University of Tartu in Estonia recently published a small study on the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation...

Mind Reader Company Valued At $200+ Million In New Funding Round (video)

A new brain recording device is changing the way scientists study the brain. Its miniature size and innovative recording capabilities allow data to be transmitted directly to a computer while we’re asleep at home....
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Brain Computer Implant Still Working in Patient 1000 Days Later

The latest report from academia: when you hack someone's brain to turn them into a cyborg, count on it lasting for a few years. Scientists developing Braingate, the revolutionary device that translates brain impulses...

Harvard Controls The Minds of Worms…With Lasers! (video)

I love cutting edge science, but sometimes it can seem nefarious enough to make a James Bond villain squeal in delight. Researchers at Harvard University have designed a laser system that can control your...

Blood Tests to Diagnose Schizophrenia, Other Brain Disorders On the Horizon

Nearly all of us know someone who has struggled with mental illness or dementia, and the consequences of these disorders can be especially difficult to witness in a loved one. Without objective tests and...

Ray Kurzweil: The Mind and How To Build One (video)

Will we ever create an accurate simulation of the human mind? Can we detect and measure consciousness? When will artificial intelligence surpass human intelligence? Humanity has questions about the development of AI, and for...

Scotland Injects Stem Cells into Man’s Brain to Heal Stroke Damage

There are few medical calamities that terrify as many people as a stroke. Of those that survive the sudden blocks or ruptures in their brain, nearly half suffer permanent damage that will never be...

NIH Awards $40 Million to Map the Wiring of the Brain

You may never have heard of the Connectome, but chances are it defines nearly everything about who you are. Just as our genome is the totality of our genes, the connectome is the totality...

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