neurobiology

IBM’s biology-inspired AI generates hash codes faster than classical approaches

IBM’s biology-inspired AI generates hash codes faster than classical approaches

Researchers at IBM proposed an AI that's inspired by fruit fly biology. They say it outperforms classical algorithms at tasks like generating hash codes.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change

Elon Musk’s Neuralink: Both an evolution and a plan for radical change

Neuralink will probably fail in interesting and worthwhile ways.
Musk’s newest startup is venturing into a series of hard problems

Musk’s newest startup is venturing into a series of hard problems

Elon Musk will describe his plans for Neuralink, a brain-computer interface company.
Plants Are Definitely Not Conscious, Researchers Argue

Plants Are Definitely Not Conscious, Researchers Argue

The remarkable ability of plants to respond to their environment has led some scientists to believe it’s a sign of conscious awareness. A new opinion paper argues against this position, saying plants
fMRI Detects Brain Imbalance Linked to Future Teen Depression

fMRI Detects Brain Imbalance Linked to Future Teen Depression

A new study suggests an imbalance of functioning in attention-related brain systems may help forecast the course of teen depression. Researchers discovered faulty connections between frontal and
Study: Antisocial Teens May Have Brain Connection Issue

Study: Antisocial Teens May Have Brain Connection Issue

A new international study discovered reduced brain activity and a weaker connection between brain regions among teenage girls with problematic social behavior. Investigators believe faulty neural
In mice, ecstasy keeps social-developmental window open

In mice, ecstasy keeps social-developmental window open

A prolonged ability to learn positive associations from social interactions.
Are Plants Conscious?

Are Plants Conscious?

Animal rights activists have done stellar work in foregrounding the question of creature-consciousness: no meat-eater is now ignorant of the fact that their food once lived, breathed, maybe nuzzled
Researchers claim to have transferred a memory between two sea slugs

Researchers claim to have transferred a memory between two sea slugs

Something was shifted that altered neural activity—was it a memory?
Inflammation is bad, including for those in the womb

Inflammation is bad, including for those in the womb

Researchers track maternal inflammation, then follow their babies for two years.
New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it

New studies zero in on roots of depression and why ketamine reverses it

Understanding the biology may help us develop more targeted therapies.
The trans pioneer who helped uncover how the brain is wired has died

The trans pioneer who helped uncover how the brain is wired has died

Faced with a decision of choosing between identity and career, Ben Barres stuck to his identity. Lucky for everyone, he was able to keep both.…
Specific area of the brain helps keep the body young

Specific area of the brain helps keep the body young

Your hypothalamus might be the actual fountain of youth.