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2013-11-05 10:51:33

A paper published in a special edition of the journal Science proposes a novel understanding of brain architecture using a network representation of connections within the primate cortex. Zoltán Toroczkai, professor of physics at the University of Notre Dame and co-director of the Interdisciplinary Center for Network Science and Applications, is a co-author of the paper "Cortical High-Density Counterstream Architectures." Using brain-wide and consistent tracer data, the researchers...

2013-10-30 10:11:17

Poor neural processing of sound linked to lower maternal education Groundbreaking research nearly two decades ago linking a mother's educational background to her children's literacy and cognitive abilities stands out among decades of social science studies demonstrating the adverse effects of poverty. Now new research conducted at Northwestern University has taken that finding in a neuroscientific direction: linking poor processing of auditory information in the adolescent brain to a...

Vicarious Artificial Intelligence Cracks CAPTCHAs
2013-10-28 08:11:08

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online There have been movies and books around for quite a while depicting Artificial Intelligence (AI) software and machines that become self aware. Perhaps the most famous was The Terminator movie franchise, but it is by no means the only example. Until today, there seemed to be little hope of that ever happening. Vicarious, a California startup company that develops AI software, has announced that the algorithms used by its software can now...

Supercomputing Project To Map The Human Brain
2013-10-08 04:59:00

[ Watch the Video: Supercomputing Project To Map The Human Brain ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists from more than 100 universities and institutions are joining forces on what is being called the most ambitious neuroscience project ever attempted: an initiative to develop the technology necessary to create a computerized simulation of a person’s mind. The Human Brain Project will cost an estimated $1.6 billion (1.2 billion euros) to operate and is...

NSF Advances Artificial Intelligence
2013-09-10 09:44:25

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists and robotics engineers have long looked to the human brain for inspiration when building out artificial intelligence. They’ve yet to build a machine that comes anywhere close to replicating the sophistication of the human brain, but they’ve made great strides. Now the National Science Foundation (NSF) wants to push this field of study further by giving the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) $25 million to...

Microchips Imitate Brain's Information Processing In Real Time
2013-07-24 05:13:19

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from the US, Germany and Switzerland are now one step closer to developing an artificial brain, creating microchips that mimic the way the human mind processes information, according to new research appearing in the American journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The electronic system was developed by a team of experts led by scientists at the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, French news agency...

2013-07-19 16:07:01

Researchers of the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering of ETH Zurich were able to measure the speed of neuronal signal conduction along segments of single axons in neuronal cultures by using a high-resolution electrical method. The bioengineers are now searching for plausible explanations for the large conduction speed variations. To write this little piece of text, the brain sends commands to arms and fingers to tap on the keyboard. Neuronal cells with their cable-like...

Virtual Brain Capable Of Daydreaming Just As Humans Do
2013-07-13 07:55:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A team of international researchers, led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has created a virtual model of the brain capable of daydreaming like humans do. The computer model is based on the dynamics of brain cells and the many connections those cells make with their neighbors and cells in other brain regions. The team hopes their model will help further understanding of why certain portions of the brain work...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.