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

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...

Great Video of Wheelchair Controlled By Human Thought with AI Guidance

You know telekinesis, right - moving objects with your thoughts? Let's talk techno-kinesis - moving machines with your thoughts. There's a really great new example out of EPFL's Center for Neuroprosthetics. Researchers have developed...

Controlling Your Mobile Phone…With Your Mind! (video)

Researchers in the Mobile Sensing Group at Dartmouth University have developed a cool new way for you to call a friend: think about him. Their Neurophone project connects an EEG headset from Emotiv with...

Reverse-Engineering The Brain: Kurzweil Defends Ideas In Open Letter

At the most recent Singularity Summit on August 14, 2010 Ray Kurzweil delivered a keynote promoting his thesis on how and when mankind might understand the principles of operation of the human brain.  Yesterday...

Autism Diagnosed with a Fifteen Minute Brain Scan (Video)

A new technique developed at King’s College London uses a fifteen minute MRI scan to diagnose autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The scan is used to analyze the structure of grey matter in the brain,...

App Lets You Make a Phone Call With Your Mind (Video)

And you thought having a touch screen was cool. ThinkContacts is a new smart phone app under development that uses your brainwaves to choose between callers and dial them up. The system...
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Tan Le Demos Headset That Reads Brainwaves (video)

Tan Le isn't just interested in reading your mind, she wants to have fun while doing it. Le is one of the founders of Emotiv, maker of the EPOC headset - a streamlined EEG...

Exercise Boosts Your Brain – Here’s How

We all know exercise is your best shot at having a healthy heart, a strong immune system, and maybe even a 100th birthday party. Years of research have also shown that an active...

Unleashing the Power of the Savant Brain in All of Us

What if you had perfect pitch, a photographic memory, and astounding artistic ability? Allan Snyder thinks you already do. Snyder is the director of the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney...

Computer Chip Implant to Program Brain Activity, Treat Parkinson’s

An international team of researchers led by Dr. Matti Mintz at the University of Tel Aviv is working on a biomimetic computer chip for brain stimulation that is programmable, responsive to neural activity, and...

Is The Movie ‘Inception’ Getting Closer to Reality? (video)

In the upcoming movie Inception, Leonardo DiCaprio plays a criminal with the technology to project himself into the dreams of others. The circumstances of the film seem utter fantasy - amazing special effects are...

Mark Roth Freezes Worms To Learn the Secrets of Preserving Life

Every year people survive long periods underwater after falling in freezing lakes and rivers. Mark Roth and his colleagues at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center want to know why. A paper soon to...
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Brain Preservation Technology Prize: A Proposal for Immortality?

Of all the paths we may take to longevity and immortality, Ken Hayworth's may strike you as the hardest to accept. This postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University has spent years developing techniques to scan...

Intendix, The Brain Computer Interface Goes Commercial (video)

The world's first patient-ready and commercially available brain computer interface just arrived at CeBIT 2010. The Intendix from Guger Technologies (g*tec) is a system that uses an EEG cap to measure brain activity in...

Recording the Entire Life of an Animal

The lessons of a lifetime are powerful, even if that life belongs to a worm. Harvard scientists have developed a microfluidics system so that they can observe the entire lifespan of minute water born...

Mouse Skin Into Neurons Without Need for Pluripotent Stem Cells

Conventional wisdom tells us that you can't teach an old cell new tricks. Scientists at Stanford University, however, have been able to change adult mouse skin cells into mouse neurons. Unlike previous work with...

fMRI Used as Evidence in Sentencing for Murderer

Magnetic resonance imaging has been hailed as a possible means of creating the ultimate lie detector. Yet the first publicized fMRI evidence admitted into a US court was not used to separate fact from...

The Brain According to Henry Markram (Video)

Once you start building a brain in a box you get two things: admission into the Mad Scientists' Club, and a chance to speak at TED. Henry Markram is the director of the Blue...

Henry Markram’s Artificial Brain in a Computer (Video)

Many of you, like me, are excited about the possibilities of modeling and simulating the human brain. The Blue Brain Project, based in Switzerland, and made possible by IBM, is one of the leading...

BCI2000 Lets Your Mind Control Computers

Usually wearing a silly hat and staring at the computer doesn't do anything besides make you lonely, but now with BCI 2000, that's going to change. You've probably seen some of the really great...

Is Surrogates Movie Getting Closer to Reality?

You know you live in a crazy age when blockbuster movies look like they might come true. Next month marks the debut of the scifi film Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis and adapted from Robert...

Braingate2: Your Mind Just Went Wireless

Are you ready to control the world with your mind? The possibility just got a little stronger. A few weeks ago, Singularity Hub highlighted some of the many accomplishments of Braingate, the neural interface...

Create an AI on Your Computer

If many hands make light work, then maybe many computers can make an artificial brain. That's the basic reasoning behind Intelligence Realm's Artificial Intelligence project. By reverse engineering the brain through a simulation spread...
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The Emotiv Headset – Gaming With Thoughts Alone

Mind control is coming to a home near you. Well, it’s not going to let you lull your neighbors into a trance, but it will let you control a computer with only a thought....

Posting Tweets with Brain Power

Tired of using thumbs to endlessly update Twitter on a cell phone?  Well, worry no longer about finger injuries from marathon tweeting: the University of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering has come to the...

Security Checks Reaching Towards Your Brain

When Descartes said "I think therefore I am" he probably didn't know that he was answering a security question. Using behavioral or physical characteristics to identify people, biometrics, has gotten a big boost in...

Virtual Neurons Acting Like the Real Thing – The Blue Brain Project

Creating a virtual model of the human brain is one thing. I do it all the time, doodling little cerebrums while I talk on the phone. But getting your model to behave just like...

Brain-Doping at the Lab Bench

One year ago on April 1st, the World Anti-Brain Doping Authority (WABDA) released a statement that scientists would soon be the target of a crackdown on performance-enhancing drugs. WABDA, backed by the Federal...

FACETS: Making Computers Work Like Brains

How can you get a computer to solve problems like a brain? How does the brain even solve problems to begin with? Below is an indepth look into FACETS, a groundbreaking consortium of European...

Jeff Hawkins: Recreating Human Intelligence

If you are at all interested in artificial intelligence and understanding how the human brain works then following the work of Jeff Hawkins (pictured right: source) is an excellent place to start.  Jeff Hawkins, founder...

Monkey’s Thoughts Control Robot Halfway Across the World

The New York Times today reports on an awesome experiment in which thoughts were extracted from a monkey in the US and used to control a walking robot in Japan.  An electrode array implanted...

Reading People’s Actual Thoughts With a Machine

60 Minutes just ran an excellent segment on how fMRI is being used by the Brain Image Analysis Research Group at Carnegie Mellon and elsewhere to literally read people's minds. The video below is...

Artificial Retina Brings Sight Back to the Blind

Wow!  Physorg.com reports that an artificial retina has achieved real success in bringing limited sight to the blind.  The Department of Energy estimates that 6 million Americans are blind because their retinas have been...

The Rise of the Cyborgs

Discover Magazine has just blown me away with a fascinating story on the current state of brain-computer interfaces (BCI).  The story cites numerous projects underway across the globe in which electrodes implanted into the...

Robots Controlled by Rat Brains

New Scientist released an awesome article describing how researchers are using rat brains to control a robot. Approximately 300,000 neurons from a rat fetus are deposited onto a sheet of nutrients and electrodes (and...

Lumosity: Keeping Your Brain Healthy so you Can Make it to the Singularity

In the coming decades mankind will unleash an amazing torrent of technological abilities as we march toward the singularity, but that won't mean much for you or me if our bodies don't live long...

Stimulating Nerves With Light Instead of Electricity Opens New Doors for Science

For decades now the standard approach to stimulating human nerve cells has been to use the method used by the human body itself - electrical current. Electrical stimulation of nerves is quite effective, but...

Want to reverse engineer the brain? Reverse engineer the roundworm first…

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found an interesting piece of information from the article titled "Can Can Machines Be Conscious?" by Christof Koch and Giulio Tononi. It would seem mankind's attempt...

IEEE special report on the singularity

IEEE produced a special report on the singularity in its June 2008 issue located here: http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/singularity This is a comprehensive report, representing many diverse views about the singularity from a selection of tech luminaries and scholars...

Numenta Is Imitating Your Brain

Decent piece in BusinessWeek profiling Jeff Hawkins' startup Numenta. Numenta is building artificial intelligence that attempts to replicate the function of the human neocortex to solve hard problems. The software specializes in...

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