'Simplified' brain lets the iCub robot learn language (w/ Video)
(Phys.org)—This technological prowess was made possible by the development of a "simplified artificial brain" that reproduces certain types of so-called "recurrent" connections observed in the human brain.
Micro transistor prototypes map the mind
(Phys.org) —To make better mind maps, a group of French scientists – building on prototypes developed at the Cornell NanoScale Science and Technology Facility (CNF) – have produced the world's first ...
This is what a fish thought looks like
For the first time, researchers have been able to see a thought "swim" through the brain of a living fish. The new technology is a useful tool for studies of perception. It might even find use in psychiatric ...
Key cellular mechanism in the body's 'battery' can either spur or stop obesity
Becoming obese or remaining lean can depend on the dynamics of the mitochondria, the body's energy-producing "battery," according to two new studies by Yale School of Medicine researchers featured as the ...
Ordinary skin cells morphed into functional brain cells: New technique holds promise for multiple sclerosis
Researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine have discovered a technique that directly converts skin cells to the type of brain cells destroyed in patients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other so-called ...
Dragonflies can see by switching 'on' and 'off'
(Phys.org) —Researchers at the University of Adelaide have discovered a novel and complex visual circuit in a dragonfly's brain that could one day help to improve vision systems for robots.
Key protein revealed as trigger for stem cell development
A natural trigger that enables stem cells to become any cell-type in the body has been discovered by scientists.
Carbon nanotube harpoon catches individual brain-cell signals
Neuroscientists may soon be modern-day harpooners, snaring individual brain-cell signals instead of whales with tiny spears made of carbon nanotubes.
Sorting out structure of a Parkinson's protein
Clumps of proteins that accumulate in brain cells are a hallmark of neurological diseases such as dementia, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. Over the past several years, there has been much controversy ...
Juvenile mice secrete a protective pheromone in their tears, blocking adult mating
Nocturnal animals need their noses to stay alive. Mice, among others, depend on their impressive olfactory powers to sniff out food or avoid danger in the dark.
Glowing worms illuminate the roots of behavior
A research team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and The Rockefeller University in New York has developed a novel system to image brain activity in multiple awake and unconstrained worms. The technology, ...
Neurotransmitter protein structure and operation principle identified
KAIST Physics Department's Professor Tae-Young Yoon has successfully identified the hidden structure and operation mechanism of the SNARE protein, which has a central role in transporting neurotransmitters ...