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2014-04-29 06:59:26

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Since their inception to the present day, computers have been getting smaller and faster. We now even carry smartphones in our pockets that can do more than the room sized supercomputers of past decades. Despite this, the very best personal computer (PC) available today runs slower and consumes more energy than the human brain. For that matter, a PC simulation of a mouse's brain functions runs 9,000 times slower than the actual mouse's...

2014-02-07 13:22:53

Team sees change in set point in neuromuscular synapses Scientists from the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio have found a clue as to why muscles weaken with age. In a study published today in The Journal of Neuroscience, they report the first evidence that “set points” in the nervous system are not inalterably determined during development but instead can be reset with age. They observed a change in set point that resulted in...

2014-02-07 13:03:28

Science paper by IST Austria scientists reports first evidence for “microdomain” coupling at a mature central synapse and explores the implications for synaptic plasticity In research published in this week’s online edition of Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1244811), postdoc Nicholas Vyleta and Professor Peter Jonas of the Institute of Science and Technology Austria (IST Austria) uncover the existence of loose coupling between calcium channels and release sensors of exocytosis at a...

IBM Program Language For Brain Computer
2013-08-08 10:40:03

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Though modern computers are able to churn through piles of data and power much of our world, they're nowhere near as powerful as the human brain. But for over five years IBM has been hard at work trying to create a computer chip that thinks like a brain in partnership with US defense agency DARPA and others. Now they say they've moved one step forward in their aim to develop brain-like computers by creating a computer programming...

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...

2013-01-01 10:47:31

Jackson Laboratory researchers led by Associate Professor Zhong-wei Zhang, Ph.D., have provided direct evidence that a specific neurotransmitter receptor is vital to the process of pruning synapses in the brains of newborn mammals. Faulty pruning at this early developmental stage is implicated in autism-spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. The definitive evidence for N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) in pruning has eluded researchers until now, but in research published in the...


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  • To talk saucily.
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