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At Musk's 'Show and Tell,' New
Demo of Brain Implant Device
Dec 1, 2022 8:34 AM CST
At Musk's 'Show and Tell,' New Demo of Brain Implant Device
Billionaire says human trials of device from his Neuralink company are imminent
- Elon Musk held a "show and tell" event Wednesday night, but it had nothing to do with his most recent Twitter troubles . Instead, the billionaire showed off a brain implant device developed by one of this other companies, Neuralink—a device he says will link the human brain to...
Dying Man's Brain
Suggests Life Could
Flash Before Our Eyes
Feb 23, 2022 11:32 AM CST
Dying Man's Brain Suggests Life Could Flash Before Our Eyes
87-year-old patient was hooked up to EEG machine at time of death
- The last moments of a dying 87-year-old have raised something that researchers write in the journal
Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience
is "intriguing to speculate" about: that it's possible our life really could flash before our eyes as we die. They came to that conclusion somewhat accidentally. The patient...
Cash Aid to Moms May
Result in Smarter Babies
Jan 25, 2022 11:29 AM CST
Cash Aid to Moms May Result in Smarter Babies
Study shows gains in development for infants
- It's a study loaded with political implications—researchers say giving cash aid to low-income mothers appears to help the brain development of their babies. The
New York Times
reports the difference spotted after one year is modest, the equivalent of "moving to the 75th position in a line...
Mystery Ailment Strips
Bears of Their Fear of Humans
Mar 29, 2021 11:18 AM CDT
Mystery Ailment Strips Bears of Their Fear of Humans
It's also causing fatal brain inflammation in bears out West
- Wildlife officials in California are worried about a strange ailment that appears to strip young bears of their fear of humans—and also is causing fatal brain inflammation. Cases have been turning up in the state since at least 2014, including four in the last year, reports CBS Sacramento . As...
Study of Vesuvius Victim's
Skull Reveals a Surprise
in case you missed it
Jan 26, 2020 2:45 PM CST
Study of Vesuvius Victim's Skull Reveals a Surprise
Researchers say his brain turned to glass
- The eruption of Mount Vesuvius may have most famously destroyed Pompeii, but the nearby town of Herculaneum endured a similar fate. Now a new study suggests that at least one of the town's residents suffered a remarkable, if grisly, fate: His brain essentially turned to glass, reports Live Science...
Your Brain Is Awesome
at Avoiding One Big Thing
in case you missed it
Oct 26, 2019 11:05 AM CDT
Your Brain Is Awesome at Avoiding One Big Thing
Recognition that you're going to die
- Researchers say they've discovered a nifty little trick of the brain—it tries really hard to present the illusion that death is something that happens to that other guy, not you. It seems to be a defense mechanism of sorts, say researchers at Israel's Bar Ilan University, per...
Scientists Make History
With Work on Dead Brains
Apr 17, 2019 5:20 PM CDT
Scientists Make History With Work on Dead Brains
Yale scientists breathed some life into them
- Scientists say they've managed to revive cellular activity in a group of dead brains—a development that could lead to new health treatments and even blur our notions of life and death, the
New York Times
reports. The Yale University team obtained freshly decapitated pig heads from a slaughterhouse,...
In One Unique Way, Women's
Brains Have Edge Over Men's
in case you missed it
Feb 9, 2019 7:00 AM CST
In One Unique Way, Women's Brains Have Edge Over Men's
Study suggests they're a few years 'younger' than male brains, in terms of metabolism
- Women's brains seem to age better than men's, at least by one key measure. That's one of the main takeaways of a new study out of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The researchers found that if you compared a male and female brain...
Women's Brains More Active
Than Men's in 2 Key Areas
Aug 8, 2017 8:03 AM CDT
Women's Brains More Active Than Men's in 2 Key Areas
Those managing self-control and focus, as well as mood disorders
- In the latest "men are from Mars, women are from Venus" debate, neuroscience jumps into the fray. In what UPI deems the "largest functional brain imaging survey ever," researchers from California's Amen Clinics used a type of 3D imaging to determine that women's brains are...
Musk: I Want
to Link Brains
in 4 Years
Apr 21, 2017 2:00 PM CDT
Musk: I Want to Link Brains to Computers in 4 Years
SpaceX CEO's new Neuralink firm would initially do this to help brain-injured humans
- Elon Musk might be somewhat skittish at the prospect of artificial intelligence (or at least at its more nefarious potential), but that hasn't curbed his latest goal: merging human brains with computers by the time we reach the next presidential inauguration, Reuters reports. In what TechCrunch calls "the...
Elon Musk's New Project
Will Merge Brains, Computers
Mar 28, 2017 4:17 AM CDT
Elon Musk's New Project Will Merge Brains, Computers
He wants to make 'neural lace' a reality
- Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk's new venture isn't rocket science—it's brain surgery. The futurist entrepreneur's new company, Neuralink Corp., plans to merge human brains with computers, insiders tell the
Wall Street Journal
. The computer interface would become part of the brain with the help...
Female Fish Fight
With Bigger Brains
Nov 27, 2016 10:33 AM CST
Female Fish Fight Bigger Penises With Bigger Brains
At least when it comes to mosquitofish, where males attack instead of court females
- The tiny eastern mosquitofish, indigenous to the southern and eastern US, is unlike much of the rest of the animal kingdom when it comes to reproduction, starting with the differing objectives of the females and males of the species. Because they have to bear the burden of actually carrying the...
Oct 9, 2016 2:22 PM CDT
Bumble Bees Learn Trick, Surprise Researchers
Most figured out how to pull string for reward after seeing how it's done
- Ever wondered how tiny a bumble bee's brain is? Imagine a sesame seed clinging to a burger bun, reports the
—in other words, it's about 0.0002% the volume of a human brain, as calculated by
. But that doesn't mean you can't...
Surprise: Dodos Were
Actually Pretty Smart
Feb 24, 2016 6:29 AM CST
Surprise: Dodos Were Actually Pretty Smart
They also had an unusually keen sense of smell
- The poor dodo bird. It wasn't enough that the humans who happened upon the exotic creatures on the island of Mauritius in the late 1500s slaughtered them for food and brought about their extinction less than 100 years later, but we then started using their name to be synonymous...
Guy Who Sold Stolen Brains
on eBay Sentenced
Nov 26, 2015 3:26 PM CST
Guy Who Sold Stolen Brains on eBay Sentenced
He took remains of mental patients from old hospital
- A man who stole the preserved brains of mental patients from a former hospital for the insane and sold them on eBay has been sentenced by a judge who wants him to find a less macabre way to make a living. David Charles, 23, was ordered to obtain a high...
This Spider Can
Eavesdrop on Its
Aug 6, 2015 7:55 AM CDT
This Spider Can Eavesdrop on Its Sexual Rivals
Not only is courtship a learned behavior, but spiders pick it up quickly
- It doesn't take much observational power to note that spiders have tiny brains. Really tiny. So the recent finding out of the University of Cincinnati —that they learn how to court mates by eavesdropping on the competition—is all the more impressive. "It’s a complex set...
Cops: Burglar Sold Stolen Brains on eBay
Jan 2, 2014 12:38 AM CST
Cops: Burglar Sold Stolen Brains on eBay
He allegedly broke into medical history museum many times
- Lots of brains were stolen in Indianapolis, but no zombies involved: Police say a 21-year-old man broke into the city's Medical History Museum multiple times to steal the preserved brains of mental patients, which he sold on eBay. The brain burglar was arrested following a sting operation set up...
Loved to Eat
May 4, 2013 4:35 PM CDT
Early Humans Loved to Eat Brains: Study
Diet of antelope brains may have helped human evolution
- Our evolutionary ancestors were hungry for braaaiiins—antelope brains, that is. Sets of animal bones recently unearthed in Kenya, believed to be the earliest evidence of hominid hunting, show previous members of the human family enjoyed digging into the heads of antelope and wildebeests, as well as snacking on gazelle...
Autistic Brains Ruined
in Freezer Meltdown
Jun 11, 2012 3:33 PM CDT
Autistic Brains Ruined in Freezer Meltdown
Harvard-affiliated hospital freezer suffers inexplicable failure
- A freezer failure has severely damaged one third of the world's largest collection of autistic brains, leaving researchers baffled and upset, the
reports. The meltdown occurred at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, where the fridge thermostat malfunctioned and two alarms failed to go off when the temperature rose from...
Holding a Gun
Apr 13, 2012 2:41 PM CDT
Holding a Gun Makes You Look Bigger
Appearance of physical power increases when holding a weapon: Study
- A person wielding a gun appears bigger and brawnier than a person without a gun, according to a new UCLA study. Researchers showed photographs of hands clutching guns, power drills, handsaws, and other tools to test subjects and then asked them to guess the size and muscularity of the person...
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