Posts Tagged ‘technosophy’

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The Top 5 Neuroscience Breakthroughs of 2012

More than any year before, 2012 was the year neuroscience exploded into pop culture. From mind-controlled robot hands to cyborg animals to TV specials to triumphant books, brain breakthroughs were tearing up the airwaves and the internets. From all the thrilling neurological adventures we covered over the past year, we’ve collected five stories we want […]

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Memories on a Microchip

Are your memories real? How do you know? These sound like questions from a mind-bending thriller – Total Recall, say; or Inception. But this isn’t science fiction. Researchers around the world are implanting memories, turning them on and off – and, according to one team, storing them on microchips. Wow. Okay. Let’s back up here. […]

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Prometheus Unbound

What would you do if you could feel any way you wanted, at will? I’m not just talking about mind-hacks for calming yourself down or getting motivated. I mean, what if you could become drunk, instantly, just by deciding to – and then completely sober up at a moment’s notice? What if tripping on mescaline […]

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“Getting Together to Map the Brain” — Podcast 1: Joshua Vogelstein

Here it is – the first Connectome podcast! Join me as I talk with Joshua Vogelstein, a leading connectomics researcher, about the Open Connectome Project, an international venture to make data on neural connectivity available to everyone, all over the world. It’s like Google Maps for your brain. Click here to play or download:   […]

Clarke's Third Law

Today I want to take a break from breaking news and tell you about the new love of my life: my Emotiv EPOC neuroheadset. This thing costs $299, and it is worth every penny. It uses 14 sensors positioned around my scalp to create a wireless EEG interface between my brain and my computer. I can move objects […]

Brain Scans & Lucid Dreams

The brain activity of lucid dreamers – people who become aware that they’re in a dream state – shows some interesting similarities with that of people who are awake, says a new study. By studying the brain activity of lucid dreamers under electroencephalograms (EEGs) and fMRI scans, researchers have found that activity in the somatosensory […]

The Sound of Fear

A certain inaudible sound frequency may directly trigger feelings of “creepiness” and physical symptoms of fear, one scientist says. A sound frequency of around 19hz – just below the range of human hearing – has been detected in several “haunted” places, including a laboratory where staff had reported inexplicable feelings of panic, and and a pub […]

Rhythms of Memory

Our neurons learn best when they’re working on the same wavelength – literally, says a new study. For every synapse – every signaling junction between neurons – there’s a certain firing frequency that increases signal strength the most. In short, neurons work like tiny analog antennas - tuning into incoming signals and passing along the clearest, […]

Virtual Touch

A new brain-machine interface allows minds to literally feel the texture of computer-generated objects, a recent paper reports. This interface not only allows a monkey to remotely control a virtual hand by willing it to move – the system also routes feedback on textures and vibrations to the somatosensory cortex, where that feedback is processed as sensations of […]

Brain Videos!

For the first time ever, scientists have recorded video images from the brain’s visual pathway, a new study reports. By recording fMRI scans of volunteers’ brains as they watched various movie clips, the scientists were able to correlate neuronal firing patterns with certain aspects of visual images – like, say, coordinates or colors. Another specially […]

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