4 January 2010

Machine Translates Thoughts into Speech in Real Time

“By implanting an electrode into the brain of a person with locked-in syndrome, scientists have demonstrated how to wirelessly transmit neural signals to a speech synthesizer. The “thought-to-speech” process takes about 50 milliseconds – the same amount of time for a non-paralyzed, neurologically intact person to speak their thoughts. The study marks the first successful demonstration of a permanently installed, wireless implant for real-time control of an external device.”

26 December 2009

Microbes That Keep Us Healthy Starting To Die Off


17 November 2009

Meditation Halves Risk of Heart Attack

29 October 2009

Scientists turn human stem cells into early-stage sperm and eggs


28 October 2009

Brain scanners can tell what you’re thinking about

“Yet despite – or perhaps because of – the recent progress in the field, most researchers are wary of calling their work mind-reading. Emphasising its limitations, they call it neural decoding.”


10 October 2009

An Alien God (on evolution)

“In a way, Darwin […] discovered a strange alien God – not comfortably “ineffable”, but really genuinely different from us. Evolution is not a God, but if it were, it wouldn’t be Jehovah. It would be H. P. Lovecraft’s Azathoth, the blind idiot God burbling chaotically at the center of everything, surrounded by the thin monotonous piping of flutes.”

[via:Hacker News]

24 September 2009

Unambiguous evidence of water on the surface of the moon


20 September 2009

What’s Happening To Women’s Happiness?

“First, since 1972, women’s overall level of happiness has dropped, both relative to where they were forty years ago, and relative to men. You find this drop in happiness in women regardless of whether they have kids, how many kids they have, how much money they make, how healthy they are, what job they hold, whether they are married, single or divorced, how old they are, or what race they are. (The one and only exception: African-American women are now slightly happier than they were back in 1972, although they remain less happy than African American men.)”

19 September 2009

British doctor faces action over claims of ‘ghost writing’ for US drug company

Doctors have been agreeing to be named as authors on studies written by employees of the pharmaceutical industry, giving greater credibility to medical research, according to new evidence.

The Guardian has learned that one of Britain’s leading bone specialists is facing disciplinary action over accusations that he was involved in “ghost writing”.

17 September 2009

Color blindness in monkeys cured with gene therapy


9 September 2009

Britain could create carbon dioxide storage business: enough space for 100 years beneath the North Sea

Jules Verne approves.


Der Spiegel reviews the state of mind reading technologies


7 September 2009

inFact: New video series from Brian Dunning/Skeptoid

Dunno if video brings much value to the format, but the content is good.

Youtube link: The 2012 Apocalypse.


Cotton-top tamarins grew calmer after they heard music compositions based on their own calm, friendly calls. But the monkeys became more agitated when University of Wisconsin-Madison psychology professor Charles Snowdon played music that contained elements of their own threatening or fearful calls.

Tamarins respond to music expressing monkey feelings: deep evolutionary roots for the musical elements of speech?

The catch is that they don’t care for “human” music. Tamarin optimized music samples are included with the article.

“…music based on soothing, friendly monkey calls tended to calm cotton-top tamarins, a species native of South America. Music based on fear and threat calls stimulated anxious behavior.”


6 September 2009

How a software engineer tried to save his sister and invented a cancer treatment device

Also: Vascular Design‘s promo video.

[via:Hacker News]

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