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Brains: It's Not The Size That Counts

A University of Adelaide-led project has overturned the theory that the evolution of human intelligence was simply related to the size of the brain — but rather linked more closely to the supply of blood to the brain.


10 Most Important Science Fiction Books About Superintelligence

The idea that humans might one day become superintelligent — or invent a superintelligent computer — is a staple of science fiction. It’s also taken seriously by scientists and engineers as a plausible outcome of today’s technologies. Here are ten key books you should read to understand brains of the future.


Incredibly Detailed Brain Map Finds Nearly A Hundred New Regions

Neuroscientists working on the Human Connectome Project have compiled the most accurate map yet of the human cerebral cortex. The researchers identified 180 distinct areas of the brain’s outer layer — effectively doubling the previous number of known regions.


How Did Brains Evolve?

Humans have asked where we come from for thousands of years, across all cultures. But only recently have we started to address the mystery of the evolution of the human brain — the organ that’s the source of those existential questions, not to mention our evolutionary success itself.


This Supercomputer Mimics A Human Brain Using Just 2.5 Watts Of Power

IBM and the US government teamed up to develop a new supercomputer for use on national security missions. It makes decisions like a human brain, and uses less power than a hearing aid.


Monkey Brains Reveal How We Know Which Way Is Up

These are some of the 500 images recently shown to rhesus monkeys while their brains were being monitored. None are meant to correspond to any real-world physical object, but the experimental results revealed certain cells in the object area of the brain that let us recognise up and down, and to grasp that those directions don’t move, even if our body does.


How 'Memory Hacking' Is Becoming A Reality

Movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Inception suggest it may eventually be possible to erase, modify or even implant memories into your brain. An upcoming episode of American science show NOVA introduces viewers to this futuristic possibility and the scientists who are trying to make it happen.


Australian Scientists Found A Way To Control Machines With Your Mind, No Brain Surgery Required

The US military is looking for ways to insert microscopic devices into human brains to help folks communicate with machines, like prosthetic limbs, with their minds. And now, Australian scientists are saying they have found a way to do just that — without ripping open patients’ skulls.


Forget Fingerprints, Brain Scans Could Be The New Passwords

A new system will set aside fingerprints and facial recognition, and start doing brain scans as positive identification. Using brain imaging and a series of words and images, it will scan your mind to figure out if you’re really you.


3D-Printed Gel Folds Almost Exactly Like A Real Baby Human Brain

Foetal brains begin to fold around the midpoint of the third trimester, but little is known about the actual process. A new model, in which a hunk of gel was made to swell in a liquid bath, shows how it happens in surprisingly accurate detail.


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