The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts

A perfect start to the day.(Carsten Schertzer/Flickr CC-BY) Most people looking for a cognitive boost in the morning reach for a cup of coffee or tea. But all caffeine really does is lift up your mood and improve focus, and that is why it isn’t considered a “pure cognitive enhancer.” There is, however, a real… Read More The world’s first true “smart drug” enhances cognition and is deemed safe by health experts

IBM’S ‘Rodent Brain’ Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

At a lab near San Jose, IBM has built the digital equivalent of a rodent brain—roughly speaking. It spans 48 of the company’s experimental TrueNorth chips, a new breed of processor that mimics the brain’s biological building blocks. IBM DHARMENDRA MODHA WALKS me to the front of the room so I can see it up… Read More IBM’S ‘Rodent Brain’ Chip Could Make Our Phones Hyper-Smart

First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

Research team say tiny brain could be used to test drugs and study diseases, but scientific peers urge caution as data on breakthrough kept under wraps The tiny brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, is not conscious. Photograph: Ohio State University An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for… Read More First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim

Peeking into the brain’s filing system

Aspects of a single memory can be scattered throughout the outer “cortex” of the brain Storing information so that you can easily find it again is a challenge. From purposefully messy desks to indexed filing cabinets, we all have our preferred systems. How does it happen inside our brains? Somewhere within the dense, damp and… Read More Peeking into the brain’s filing system

Robot Demonstrates Self-Awareness

photo credit: The robot on the right was able to pass a self-awareness test. RAIR Lab/YouTube A king is seeking a new advisor, and to do so he invites three wise men to his castle. He tells them he will place a hat on each of their heads that will be either white or blue,… Read More Robot Demonstrates Self-Awareness

Scientists Find Single Molecule that Controls Fate of Mature Sensory Neurons

In the neocortex, neighboring cells are shown making connections to the visual cortex (red) and the somatosensory cortex (green). Image: Salk Institute for Biological Studies Molecular Neuroscience May 12, 2015 La Jolla, CA (Scicasts) — Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered that the role of neurons—which are responsible for specific tasks in the brain—is… Read More Scientists Find Single Molecule that Controls Fate of Mature Sensory Neurons

Building an organic computing device with multiple interconnected brains. (Duke U.)

Abstract Recently, we proposed that Brainets, i.e. networks formed by multiple animal brains, cooperating and exchanging information in real time through direct brain-to-brain interfaces, could provide the core of a new type of computing device: an organic computer. Here, we describe the first experimental demonstration of such a Brainet, built by interconnecting four adult rat… Read More Building an organic computing device with multiple interconnected brains. (Duke U.)