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Facebook reveals plans for brain-computer interface

Facebook reveals plans for brain-computer interface
Facebook held its F8 conference in San Jose, California. While F8 involves announcing new features to the company’s namesake social media platform, Mark Zuckerberg and company shared details about a neurotechnology project being developed at their secretive research and development division called “Building 8”. The head of Building 8, Regina Dugan, revealed that Facebook is developing a brain-computer interface.
21st April 2017

Experiment yields clue to devastating neurological disease

Experiment yields clue to devastating neurological disease
  After a 29-year quest, Ian Duncan, a professor of veterinary medicine at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, has finally pinpointed the cause of a serious neurologic disease in a colony of rats. His new study, now online in the journal Annals of Neurology, is more than the conclusion of a personal and intellectual odyssey, however.
20th April 2017

Stable platform introduced for neuroscience experiments

Stable platform introduced for neuroscience experiments
An ultra-stable platform, the V-Deck has been announced by Prior Scientific, developed for neuroscience and electrophysiology that offers you the ability to quickly and precisely adjust sample height. The new V-Deck sets a new benchmark for operational stability. Versatility to optimally image from thin sections right through to whole animal samples is ensured through the available of a wide range of height adjustable, lockable platform posts.
10th April 2017


Brain circuit necessary for memory formation identified

Brain circuit necessary for memory formation identified
When we visit a friend or go to the beach, our brain stores a short-term memory of the experience in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. Those memories are later “consolidated” — that is, transferred to another part of the brain for longer-term storage. A MIT study of the neural circuits that underlie this process reveals, for the first time, that memories are actually formed simultaneously in the hippocampus and the long-term storage location in the brain’s cortex.
7th April 2017

Stretching the limits of neural implants

Stretching the limits of neural implants
Implantable fibres have been an enormous boon to brain research, allowing scientists to stimulate specific targets in the brain and monitor electrical responses. But similar studies in the nerves of the spinal cord, which might ultimately lead to treatments to alleviate spinal cord injuries, have been more difficult to carry out. That’s because the spine flexes and stretches as the body moves, and the relatively stiff, brittle fibres used today could damage the delicate spinal cord tissue.
3rd April 2017

Area of the brain affected by autism detected

Area of the brain affected by autism detected
  Brain researchers at ETH Zurich and other universities have shown for the first time that a region of the brain associated with empathy only activates very weakly in autistic people. This knowledge could help to develop new therapies for those affected by autism.
3rd April 2017

Brain stimulation improves cognitive problems

Brain stimulation improves cognitive problems
"A beautiful, lobular structure," is how Krystal Parker describes the cerebellum - a brain region located at the base of the skull just above the spinal column. The cerebellum is most commonly associated with movement control, but work from Parker's lab and others is gradually revealing a much more complex role in cognition that positions the cerebellum as a potential target for treating diseases that affect thinking, attention, and planning, such as schizophrenia.
29th March 2017

Transcranial magnetic stimulation may improve memory

Transcranial magnetic stimulation may improve memory
  The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives—without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. Research is shedding light on how sound memory works in the brain, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.
27th March 2017

Studying Pavlovian conditioning in neural networks

Studying Pavlovian conditioning in neural networks
In the decades following the work by physiologist Ivan Pavlov and his famous salivating dogs, scientists have discovered how molecules and cells in the brain learn to associate stimuli, like Pavlov’s bell and the resulting food. What they haven’t been able to study is how whole groups of neurons work together to form that association. Now, Stanford University researchers have observed how large groups of neurons in the brain both learn and unlearn a new association.
23rd March 2017

Brain repair discovery improves fight against MS

Brain repair discovery improves fight against MS
Queen's University Belfast scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair – a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionise the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as MS. The research study, led by Dr Yvonne Dombrowski and Dr Denise Fitzgerald at the Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine at Queen's University Belfast, is being hailed as a landmark study in unravelling the mysteries of how the brain repairs damage.
15th March 2017


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