One day in 2005, neuroscientist James Fallon was casually leafing through the PET scans of serial killers. As one does. He was doing research at UC Irvine and was trying to figure out which aspects of brain anatomy contribute to psychopathy.
It's the season of fear! Horror movies, haunted houses, spooky costumes, we find anything and use everything to scare ourselves senseless. But why? What is the science behind fear? What the hell is fear? Bytesize Science explains how fear is our anticipation of something bad happening and how it works in our brain. Spooky! [Bytesize Science via Neatorama]
Picture this: In the near future, ten percent of our veterans could be walking around with chips implanted in their brains. These aren't intended for some I, Robot-style takeover, but rather to treat conditions like PTSD and substance abuse. Sound crazy? DARPA only deals in crazy
As part of what we can only assume is preparation for some very intense mad scientist Halloween costumes, IBM has announced a prototype computer that is both powered and cooled by an electrolyte liquid.
The minds of man and machine suffer from a glaring disconnect: The inability to interface directly with one another. We have to use our hands, keyboards, and mice to issue commands to our robotic minions and they can only respond via physical sensory mediums. But we can do better. We can use our minds. In fact, we already are.
Nothing about how a bunch of Oxford researchers recently pulled neural stem cells out of the brains of living rats seems feasible. The cells are hard to isolate. Brains are fragile. Okay, brains are very fragile. But they’ve done it, and the procedure could shed fresh light on diseases like Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
“A 1.5 kilogram clump of fatty tissue which is located in our head.” That’s how curator Marius Kwint describes the enigmatic subject of Brains: The Mind as Matter, a new exhibition at Manchester’s Museum of Science & Industry. The reality, of course, is infinitely more complex—and this not-for-the-squeamish show displays some of the more fascinating experiments, interventions, and artworks produced with our minds in mind.