Researchers at UCLA have discovered that brain waves can be used to identify and authenticate individuals.
Research using lab mice suggest that brain implants could give us the ability to see our world in magnetic fields and infrared light.
For heart patients, signing up to implant a pacemaker in your chest isn't casual choice. Nevertheless, the technology has saved numerous lives over the years. This week a new development was unveiled that uses a similar device to treat to Alzheimer's patients with what's essentially a pacemaker for the brain.
Fast food tastes good. That's why it's bad for you. Kids don't care about that, and (as of 2010) 18% of children between six and 19 are obese. It's probably no coincidence that researchers have found that these kids have logos "branded" into their brains, activating pleasure centers if they even see fast food.
A study published in the May issue of Neuroscience Letters suggests that electrical brain stimulation really can make you temporarily smarter and more creative. In other words, you can put on this silly hat that gently electroshocks your nogginpudding and you'll suddenly be able to solve logic problems that you weren't able to before.
For $24,000, OpticsPlanet will sell you a Z.E.R.O. (Zombie Extermination, Research and Operations) Kit that includes all kinds of heavy weapon accessories, survival gear and even lab equipment to help you find a cure. It'll be almost — but not quite — enough to help you ride out the zombie invasion.
Neuroscientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have just publicly released the first batch of gigapixel images showing how the neuronal pathways in mice are all connected to each other. It's the first step towards the first ever wiring diagram of an entire vertebrate brain.
It's often hard to tell just where in the brain depression comes from. A company called Brainsway has developed an electromagnetic "shotgun" that can stimulate a bunch of different areas of the brain all at once, and after promising trials, it's applying for FDA approval to use it clinically.
Optogenetics is a method of using light to control cells in the brain. It can be used to alter behavior, model diseases, and maybe even one day, deliver drugs right where you need them. And now, it's wireless! With lasers!
The idea of jacking yourself into some sort of machine that can teach you anything you want to know without you having to, you know, do anything is total science fiction. Or, it would be, if some Japanese researchers hadn't just done it. Teachers, you are now obsolete!