05 Mar 2018

Here’s How You Could Survive Being Sucked Into a Black Hole

How to Survive a Black Hole OK, so maybe you aren’t going to get sucked into a black hole tomorrow. Or ever. Maybe even trying to imagine being in such a situation feels like writing yourself into a Doctor Who episode. But, for mathematicians, physicists, and other scientists attempting to understand cosmic strangeness in practical terms, these […]

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03 Mar 2018

What Are YOU Looking At? Mind-Reading AI Knows

IN BRIEF Could AI determine what you’re looking at right now? One new study shows that it’s possible. Japanese scientists know what you’re looking at — but don’t worry, there’s no need to close your other browser tabs yet. Using an artificial intelligence (AI) system alongside fMRI scans, researchers were able to create an apparently mind-reading AI […]

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01 Mar 2018

A Company Wants to Put a Chip in Your Brain to Cure Disease

IN BRIEF Brain-control interfaces are still very much developing technologies; we’re not quite ready to fully merge our brains with computers. In the meantime, one company is hoping to non-surgically embed EEG machines to help stroke and spinal cord injury patients. NON-INVASIVE BCI Technological innovations like Elon Musk’s Neuralink and other brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) could one day improve human […]

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28 Feb 2018

Long Term Depression Permanently Changes the Brain

IN BRIEF Is clinical depression a degenerative illness? One new study shows that inflammation in the brain linked to depression increases over time. DEPRESSION INFLAMMATION New research from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto has revealed something remarkable about mental illness: years of persistent depression-caused inflammation permanently and physically alter the brain. This may […]

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26 Feb 2018

Using “Nanodrops” to Repair Corneas Could Ultimately Replace Glasses

IN BRIEF Quite a number of people develop nearsightedness or farsightedness during their lifetimes. “Nanodrops,” a new eye drop developed by Israeli ophthalmologists, has successfully fixed corneas in pig eyes, and could potentially do the same for people. New eye drops developed by researchers from the Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bar-Ilan University in Israel can […]

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24 Feb 2018

A New Georgia Bill Could Allow Residents to Pay Taxes with Bitcoin

Georgia has become the latest US state to consider allowing its residents to pay their taxes using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. Senate Bill 464, which was introduced on Feb. 21 by Republican state senators Michael Williams and Joshua McKoon, aims to amend Georgia’s laws regarding tax payments to compel the state’s revenue commissioner to accept cryptocurrencies as […]

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19 Feb 2018

An Ultrathin, Super-Stretchy Nanomesh Skin Display is the Future of Wearables

IN BRIEF The tech, which was brought to life through an academic-industrial collaboration led by Professor Takao Someya at the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering, will be displayed and discussed today, February 17th, at the AAAS Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas. Japenese researchers have created a stretchy, ultrathin electric “skin” that can read and display […]

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