UAB has received a BRAIN Initiative grant of $7.3 million from NIH to study new technology that could improve outcomes from deep brain stimulation. UAB investigators will assess next-generation DBS technology which can direct current in specific directions in the brain, allowing for a more tailored approach to DBS.
Google has tweaked its “deep learning” AI to use an external memory bank. It’s an attempt to replicate the way human brains use short term memory to simplify reasoning. The company demonstrated the approach by having the system teach itself the London Underground (subway) map and figure out the quickest route between stops. Show More Summary
The human brain can solve highly abstract reasoning problems using a neural network that is entirely physical. The underlying mechanisms are only partially understood, but an artificial network provides valuable insight.
A study that subjected mice to the same levels of cosmic radiation encountered in space finds evidence of brain damage. As plans to go to Mars ramp up, the risks of deep space travel might be followed bymajor health risks.
Feel like you haven’t taken a deep breath in eons? That’s because you probably haven’t, says Belisa Vranich, clinical psychologist and author of Breathe: 14 Days to Oxygenating, Recharging, and Fueling Your Body & Brain, who’s taught everyone from Fortune 500 employees to SWAT teams how to breathe for stress relief and endurance. Show More Summary
Researchers have tried for decades to create computers capable of learning. Recently, using the human brain as a model, they have had some success. Complicated algorithms have been developed, allowing computers to learn on a limited scale. Show More Summary
If getting to Mars isn't hard enough, scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) say that cosmic radiation could cause astronauts on long deep space missions to develop symptoms of dementia. Rodent tests indicate that exposure...Show More Summary
All your fears, stresses and anxieties have one thing in common. They are sensed by a pair of pea-sized patches of neurons, called the amygdala, sitting deep inside your brain. So what if you could control your amygdala? What if youShow More Summary
One of the several things that makes brain surgery so difficult is that the brain isn’t transparent. So if you want to get at something deep inside, you either have to peel off a few layers or make an educated guess based on other imagery. But augmented reality may offer a third way. Read More
St. Jude Medical is launching in the U.S. its Infinity deep brain stimulation (DBS) system for patients with Parkinson’s disease or essential tremor, following FDA approval. The implant comes witha DBS directional lead, the first such lead to receive FDA approval. Show More Summary
Sleep is vital for humans. If adults remain awake for longer than usual, the brain responds with an increased need for deep sleep. This is measured in the form of "slow wave activity" using electroencephalography (EEG). In adults, these...Show More Summary
Obstructive sleep apnea can have a notable impact on brain health. In reducing the quantity of oxygen the brain receives during sleep, sleep apnea can cut down on the amount of nourishing “deep sleep” a person gets each night, something that can impair memory and increase the chances of depression. Show More Summary
"S taring out your car window, I feel my size." The opening line from the Bellows' single "Thick Skin" evokes a certain turn of feeling, an external bolt of stimulus that sits deep in the brain, a note both small and powerful.
Danny McBride has a group of close friends that he works with on every project. To stay creative, and expand their minds, they used to take retreats—or in McBride's words, "vision quests"—to Joshua Tree, where they would do what you do on a vision quest: trip on mushrooms. Looking back ... More »
Nest is starting to give its security cameras the ability to understand the world with the help of Google's deep learning software.
In our busy and demanding world, how do we create the space to engage in work that creates real value?
Researchers have built and tested a new mathematical model that successfully reproduces complex brain activity during deep sleep, according to a new study.
When it comes to the billions of neurons in your brain, what you see at birth is what get -- except in the hippocampus. Buried deep underneath the folds of the cerebral cortex, neural stem cells in the hippocampus continue to generate new neurons, inciting a struggle between new and old as the new attempts to gain a foothold in memory-forming center of the brain. read more
SCIENCE: Pea-size brain structure may make beer cravings. The findings suggest that if you really want a drink right now, the source of your craving may be a pea-sized structure deep inside the right side of your brain. After tasting the beer the participants reported increased desire to drink beer, whereas the sports drink did […]
If you really want a drink right now, the source of your craving may be a pea-sized structure deep inside the right side of your brain, according to scientists.