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2010-07-19 14:19:00

New Report Says Current Food Supply Must Drastically Increase in the Coming Decades CHICAGO, July 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The world's food system provides food for nearly seven billion people each day. But according to a new report from the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), more advances are critical for an adequate food supply, which must nearly double during the next several decades, for the future world population. The first-of-its-kind scientific review, to be published in...

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2010-06-18 08:10:37

Sense of direction is represented in the brains of newborn rats before they have explored their environment, according to new research by scientists at UCL. Published today in the journal Science, the results of a new study reveal that the brain's representations of the sense of place and direction appear extremely early in the animal's development "“ within two weeks of being born - and seemingly independently of any experience of the world. The directional signal, which allows the...

2010-05-20 08:00:00

CARDIFF, Calif., May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jedi Mind, Inc. (http://www.jedimindinc.com/) (Pink Sheets: JEDM) announced today that Dr. Gordon Chiu announced new members to the Company's Advisory board for Medicine and Technology. Jedi Mind, Inc. has been in the process of expanding the company's medical applications as well as gaming applications. The new members will be part of a "Brain Trust Key" for advisory purposes in medical and technological applications. The recently...

2010-03-11 08:54:48

In one of the first such studies involving human patients with schizophrenia, researchers at UC Davis have provided evidence that deficits in a brain chemical may be responsible for some of the debilitating cognitive deficits "” poor attention, memory and problem-solving abilities "” that accompany the delusions and hallucinations that are the hallmarks of the disorder. The study, published online March 10 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests an important avenue of inquiry for...

2010-03-09 08:00:00

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers at MIT are eagerly anticipating the summer delivery of Elekta Neuromag®, a system that uses magnetoencephalography or MEG to explore brain function. MEG can detect the very weak magnetic fields arising from electrical activity in the brain, and allows researchers to monitor the timing of brain activity with millisecond precision. MIT researchers will use MEG to study normal cognition in children and adults, as well as...

2010-02-08 16:16:50

The details surrounding the emergence and evolution of religion have not been clearly established and remain a source of much debate among scholars. Now, an article published by Cell Press in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences on February 8 brings a new understanding to this long-standing discussion by exploring the fascinating link between morality and religion. There is no doubt that spiritual experiences and religion, which are ubiquitous across cultures and time and associated...

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2010-01-28 09:21:57

How has the structure of scientific research changed over the past decade? A team of researchers from Umeå University, Sweden, and the University of Washington, USA, aims to answer this question and others in a study published on January 27th in the online, open-access journal PLoS ONE. Using new mathematical tools, the authors have revealed major shifts in the structure of scientific research in order to uncover structural changes in large, interconnected systems. To...

2010-01-20 14:36:09

WIREs Cognitive Science explores the rise of neurolaw What if a jury could decide a man's guilt through mind reading? What if reading a defendant's memory could betray their guilt? And what constitutes 'intent' to commit murder? These are just some of the issues debated and reviewed in the inaugural issue of WIREs Cognitive Science, the latest interdisciplinary project from Wiley-Blackwell, which for registered institutions will be free for the first two years. In the article "Neurolaw," in...

2010-01-14 12:55:48

Scientists at Duke University Medical Center have identified neurons in the songbird brain that convey the auditory feedback needed to learn a song. Their research lays the foundation for improving human speech, for example, in people whose auditory nerves are damaged and who must learn to speak without the benefit of hearing their own voices. "This work is the first study to identify an auditory feedback pathway in the brain that is harnessed for learned vocal control," said Richard Mooney,...

2010-01-11 13:12:07

Scientists call for integrating evolutionary perspectives into medical curricula The subtle but ongoing pressures of human evolution could explain the seeming rise of disorders such as autism, autoimmune diseases, and reproductive cancers, researchers write in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Certain adaptations that once benefited humans may now be helping such ailments persist in spite of "“ or perhaps because of "“ advancements in modern culture and...


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malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'