First as Artificial Neurons Developed for Medical Implants

Artificial neurons on silicon chips that behave just like the real thing have been invented by scientists – a first-of-its-kind achievement with enormous scope for medical devices to cure chronic diseases, such as heart failure, Alzheimer’s, and other diseases of neuronal degeneration. Critically the artificial neurons not only behave just like biological neurons but only …

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One million core processors in neuromorphic supercomputer

A neuromorphic supercomputer now has one-million processor cores. The Spiking Neural Network Architecture (SpiNNaker) machine can perform 200 trillion actions per second. Each chip has 100 million parts. The goal is to continue to scale up by 1000 times and simulate one billion biological neurons in real time. A mouse brain has about 100 million …

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Every nerve cell of a zebrafish’s brain monitored at the same time to identify alertness neurons

Stanford researchers were able to simultaneously monitor activity in every nerve cell of a zebrafish’s brain and determine which types of neurons were tied to alertness. Previously it was believed that there was a single alertness on/off switch but they have shown it is many cell types throughout the brain together produce the state of …

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Breakthrough Gel for growing large quantities of neural stem cells

There is a solution to the dual challenges of growing and preserving neural stem cells in a state where they are still able to mature into many different cell types. The first challenge is that growing stem cells in quantity requires space. Like traditional farming, it is a two-dimensional affair. If you want more wheat, …

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“Mind Reading” Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

Carnegie Mellon University scientists can now use brain activation patterns to identify complex thoughts, such as, “The witness shouted during the trial.” This latest research led by CMU’s Marcel Just builds on the pioneering use of machine learning algorithms with brain imaging technology to “mind read.” The findings indicate that the mind’s building blocks for …

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10-fold speed up for the reconstruction of neuronal networks

Scientists working in „connectomics“, a research field occupied with the reconstruction of neuronal networks in the brain, are aiming at completely mapping of the millions or billions of neurons found in mammalian brains. In spite of impressive advances in electron microscopy, the key bottleneck for connectomics is the amount of human labor required for the …

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US Air Force buying IBM 64 million neuron computer

IBM and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced they are collaborating on a first-of-a-kind brain-inspired supercomputing system powered by a 64-chip array of the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System. The scalable platform IBM is building for AFRL will feature an end-to-end software ecosystem designed to enable deep neural-network learning and information discovery. The system’s …

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OPEC and Russia will likely not extend production cuts past June and their could be a new oil price war

Saudi Arabia had forecast a collapse in output from Russia’s mature fields. Instead, production has risen in the past two years to an all-time high of 11.2 million bpd, partly because a devaluation in the ruble reduced production costs. Russia has yet to deliver on the pledged cuts, while Saudi Arabia has cut its production …

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Thermoelectric Material in Paintable Liquid Form can go onto almost any surface to convert heat to electricity

A new study, led by Professor Jae Sung Son of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST has succeeded in developing a new technique that can be used to turn industrial waste heat into electricity for vehicles and other applications. In their study, the team presented a new type of high-performance thermoelectric (TE) materials that possess …

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X-Mythbuster Grant Imahara, Kari Byron and Tory Belleci return in Netflix White Rabbit Project

@grantimahara @KariByron @ToryBelleci return in new @Netflix series the White Rabbit Project The White Rabbit Project” will see the three hosts follow Alice in Wonderland’s example and “go down a rabbit hole” to investigate weird events in pop culture, science and history. They will dissect superpower tech, criminal heists, jailbreaks and unusual war weapons, just …

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NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts – Directed Energy Phil Lubin laser propulsion for interstellar travel and laser arrays for kilometer sized telescopes

NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) had their 2016 symposium on August 23-25, 2016 From 21 minutes of this video up to 50 minutes At 45 minutes, some questions discussing the dopler shifting of the wavelengths. Absorptivity issues are not as much an issue for dielectrics and are already at 99.999% reflexivity. Coatings are broadband. Brian …

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