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+ - A Brain Implant for Synthetic Memory->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "People who have experienced traumatic brain injuries sometimes lose the ability to form new memories or recall old ones. Since many veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan suffered TBIs, the U.S. military is funding research on an implantable device that could do the job of damaged brain cells."
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+ - Can Computers Beat the Game of Go?

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Artificial intelligence programs seem to eventually beat humans at every game we've taught them to play: checkers, chess, Jeopardy, etc. But the ancient game of Go remains a challenge, and lately there's been a lot of attention paid to the AI researchers trying to master it. Wired recently described the tense man vs machine Go matches, and IEEE Spectrum explains the statistics-based algorithm that may soon allow Go programs to triumph over human grandmasters."

+ - Smartphones to Monitor Schizophrenics -- All the Time->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Is this creepy or a breakthrough in mental health? Psychiatrists have realized that they can collect vast amounts of data about their patients using smartphone apps that passively monitor the patients as they go about their daily business. A prototype for schizophrenia patients is being tested out now on Long Island. The Crosscheck trial will look at behavior patterns (tracking movement, sleep, and conversations) and correlate them with the patient's reports of symptoms and moods; researchers hope the data will reveal the "signature" of a patient who is about relapse and therefore needs help."
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+ - Open-Source Hardware for Neuroscience->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "The equipment that neuroscientists use to record brain signals is plenty expensive, with a single system costing upward of $60,000. But it turns out that it's not too complicated to build your own, for the cost of about $3000. Two MIT grad students figured out how to do just that, and are distributing both manufactured systems and their designs through their website, Open Ephys. Their goal is to launch an open-source hardware movement in neuroscience, so researchers can spend less time worrying about the gear they need and more time doing experiments."
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+ - A Brain-Reading Bike Helmet ->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Put together an EEG sensor and a GPS sensor and what do you get? A helmet that maps your "psychogeography." The helmet registers some simple metrics of brain activity and overlays the information on a map, letting wearers see how they're responding to their environments. According to the Kickstarter campaign, the designers developed the MindRider helmet with bicyclists and skateboarders in mind, but they've also received inquiries from skiers, paragliders, and climbers."
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+ - Can Cyborg Tech End Human Disability by 2064? ->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "As part of a 50th anniversary celebration, IEEE Spectrum magazine tries to peer into the technological future 50 years out. Its biomedical article foresees the integration of electronic parts into our human bodies, making up for physical, emotional, and intellectual disabilities.

The article spotlights the visionaries Hugh Herr, an MIT professor (and double amputee) who wants to build prosthetic limbs that are wired directly into the nervous system; Helen Mayberg, who has developed brain pacemakers to cure depression; and Ted Berger, who's working on neural implants that can restore memory function."

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+ - DIY Lab Tests for Extreme Quantified Selfers->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "People who are into the quantified health trend can already measure and chart a wide variety of metrics — steps taken, calories burned, heart rate, blood pressure, sleep patterns, etc can all be tracked using new gadgets. Now a new device called Cue lets people track their biochemical stats, too. Cue offers five DIY lab tests, automates the testing procedure, and sends the results to the user's smartphone. It lets guys check their testosterone levels, ladies check their fertility status, and also offers tests for the flu virus, vitamin D levels, and an inflammation-marker protein. Apparently more tests are expected down the line. The gizmo is available for pre-order now at the price of $149, but shipping doesn't start till spring 2015."
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+ - How Japan Plans to Build Orbital Solar Power Stations->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Solar power stations in orbit aren't exactly a new idea — Asimov set one of his stories on such a space station back in 1941. Everyone thinks it's a cool idea to collect solar power 24 hours a day and beam it down to Earth. But what with the expense and difficulty of rocketing up the parts and constructing and operating the stations in orbit, nobody's built one yet. While you probably still shouldn't hold your breath, it's interesting to learn that Japan's space agency has spec'd out such a solar power station."
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+ - Can a Mobile Game Diagnose Alzheimer's? ->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Currently, the best way to check if a person has a high likelihood of developing Alzheimer's is to perform a PET scan to measure the amount of amyloid plaque in his or her brain. That's an expensive procedure. But a startup called Akili Interactive says it has developed a mobile game that can identify likely Alzheimer's patients just by their gameplay and game results. The game is based on a neuroscience study which showed that multitasking is one of the first brain functions to take a hit in Alzheimer's patients. Therefore the game requires players to perform two tasks at the same time."
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+ - IBM Watson, Geneticist ->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "The AI known as IBM Watson has been a Jeopardy champion, is training to become a doctor, and will soon add geneticist to its list of titles. Yesterday IBM and the NY Genome Center announced a collaboration in which oncologists will give Watson reams of genetic data for 20 brain cancer patients. The AI will search through vast troves of medical literature for information regarding each patient's specific set of genetic mutations, then offer treatment suggestions."
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+ - Should We Hack the Van Allen Belts Around the Earth?->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "Before you give the obvious answer (no), take a moment to consider. The Van Allen radiation belts, zones of high-energy charged particles that ring the Earth, can cause all manner of trouble to satellites and spacecraft that pass through them. And shielding is so boring. So scientists are experimenting with hacking the belts; more specifically, they think they can use carefully tuned electromagnetic waves to drive these particles out of space and disperse them in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Say it with me now: What could possibly go wrong?"
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+ - How to Take Apart Fukushima's 3 Melted-Down Reactors ->

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the_newsbeagle (2532562) writes "In Japan, workers have spent nearly three years on the clean-up and decommissioning of the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station. They only have 37 years to go.

Taking apart the plant's three melted-down reactors is expected to take 40 years and cost $15 billion. The plant's owner, TEPCO, admits that its engineers don't yet know how they'll pull off this monumental task. An in-depth examination of the decommissioning process explains the challenges, such as working amid the radioactive rubble, stopping up the leaks that spill radioactive water throughout the site, and handling the blobs of melted nuclear fuel. Many of the tasks will be accomplished by newly invented robots that can go where humans fear to tread."

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