Rats with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes have been completely cured of the disease, using neuronal stem cells that have been modified to produce insulin. This approach should work in humans, too, and all it involves is shoving a needle up your nose into your brain. Yay!
In what the brains at Duke University are calling the "first-ever demonstration of a two-way interaction between a primate brain and a virtual body," two monkeys have been wired up with implants that let them "move and feel virtual objects." This could mean big things for medicine, entertainment and VR anime holodecks.
It's only been in the last few years that things like mental pictures and memories as signals in our brain have become accessible, measurable, and even recordable. An article in Nature this week reveals how memories are actually quantized into little sub-second chunks, and the researchers did it by 'teleporting' rats.
Just a few weeks ago, we posted about how brain patterns can reveal almost exactly what you're thinking. Now, researchers at UC Berkeley have figured out how to extract what you're picturing inside your head, and they can play it back on video.
Researchers at Princeton University have figured out how to use functional MRI scans to tell what's on your mind. They can't yet tell exactly what you're thinking about, but they can get close enough to distinguish whether you're thinking about (say) an animal as opposed to a vegetable.
It's a bit of a mystery why sometimes we're able to remember certain things and sometimes we're not. Scientists may have just figured out how to tell whether or not a memory is likely to be good, based on a little tiny part of your brain that lights up when it's ready to learn something.
Honeybees have been having some issues lately, so it's no surprise that their recent buzzing might seem to be a bit down in pitch. What is a surprise is that bees might actually be feeling kinda pessimistic about the whole thing, as some recent research shows that bees could have emotions like we do.
Go ahead, do drugs, play football, or acquire your very own brain slug. As of 2024, it won't matter, since we'll have a computer that'll be able to do everything your brain can do.
Mmm, braaaaains. Brains are extraordinarily complex and delicious, and if you can't get enough of 'em, there's now a way to browse the virtual brains of real live dead people online.
Using a remote control to change channels is just such a pain. I mean, what with you needing to push buttons with your fingers and all. If only there was a better way! Intel is working on it. More specifically,...