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Grandmas made humans live longer

Computer simulations provide new mathematical support for the "grandmother hypothesis" – a famous theory that humans evolved longer adult lifespans than apes because grandmothers helped feed their grandchildren.

dateOct 23, 2012 in Evolution
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IBM pursues chips that behave like brains

Computers, like humans, can learn. But when Google tries to fill in your search box based only on a few keystrokes, or your iPhone predicts words as you type a text message, it's only a narrow mimicry of what the human brain ...

dateAug 18, 2011 in Hi Tech & Innovation
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Neuronal diversity makes a difference, study says

Much like snowflakes, no two neurons are exactly alike. But it's not the size or shape that sets one neuron apart from another, it's the way it responds to incoming stimuli. Carnegie Mellon University researchers have discovered ...

dateAug 29, 2010 in Neuroscience
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A whole new meaning for thinking on your feet

Smithsonian researchers report that the brains of tiny spiders are so large that they fill their body cavities and overflow into their legs. As part of ongoing research to understand how miniaturization affects brain size ...

dateDec 12, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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