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UCSF Researchers Synthesize Speech From Brain Waves
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Researchers led by speech neuroscientist Edward Chang at the University of California San Francisco have achieved success at decoding speech attempts in real time by reading the activity in the speech centers of test subjects’ brains. Three persons capable of normal speech, who were being treated for epilepsy, participated in the study. They permitted the […]

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Zombifying fungus bypasses the brain to make ants its puppets, study finds
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Enlarge / A dead ant that has been taken over by a species of Cordyceps in the Rio Claro Reserve in Colombia. (credit: National Geographic/Justin Maguire) Pity the poor unsuspecting carpenter ant who unwittingly becomes infected with spores scattered by a parasitic fungus in the Cordyceps genus. The spores attach to the ant and germinate, […]

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Who will wake up from a coma? Electrical jolts in the brain offer hints
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Enlarge / Healthcare worker sets up an EEG on an ICU patient. (credit: Getty | BSIP) Researchers may have found a way to detect inklings of consciousness in comatose and vegetative patients just days after they experience a brain injury—and it appears the method may help predict which patients will rouse and recover in the […]

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Huge leaps in AI have made facial recognition smarter than your brain     – CNET
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There are privacy concerns, but facial recognition now can help get your doctor visit, and your vacation, started.

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Possible Superconductivity In the Brain?
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“The unprecedented power of the brain suggests that it may process information quantum-mechanically,” according to a new research paper. Long-time Slashdot reader time961 writes: Pavlo Mikheenko, a superconductivity researcher at the University of Oslo, has published a paper in the Journal of Superconductivity and Novel Magnetism (abstract only; arxiv pre-print here) suggesting that microtubule structures […]

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Scientists just found a previously unknown part of the human brain     – CNET
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A brain cartographer suggests the cluster of cells appears unique to humans and may be responsible for fine motor control.

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Paralyzed Individuals Operate Tablet With Brain Implant
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Last year, a study from the BrainGate consortium reported that a brain-computer interface (BCI) enabled a paralyzed man to type up to eight words per minute via thoughts alone. Now, according to new results from a BrainGate2 clinical trial, the same BCI was used to help three participants operate an off-the-shelf tablet. IEEE Spectrum reports: […]

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A Nanoscale Look At a Complete Fly Brain
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Controlled Environments Magazine: Two high-speed electron microscopes. 7,062 brain slices. 21 million images. For a team of scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia, these numbers add up to a technical first: a high-resolution digital snapshot of the adult fruit fly brain. […]

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Alzheimer's Link To Herpes Virus In Brain, Say Scientists
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Tests of brain tissue from nearly 1,000 people found that two strains of herpes virus were far more abundant in the brains of those with early-stage Alzheimer’s than in healthy controls. “[S]cientists are divided on whether viruses are likely to be an active trigger, or whether the brains of people already on the path towards […]

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