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6-12-2018 skynews-mit-technology-norman_4333898

Making a ‘monster’ with artificial intelligence—on purpose

Nathaniel Scharping | 
Researchers at MIT have created a psychopath. They call him Norman. He’s a computer. Actually, that’s not really right. Though ...
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‘Absolutely no evidence’ that power leads to brain damage

An Atlantic article from July 2017 has been widely discussed on Twitter over the past few days. It’s called Power Causes Brain Damage ...
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Humans have always been overwhelmingly right-handed. We still aren’t sure why.

Gemma Tarlach | 
Nine out of 10 humans are considered right-handed. “It doesn’t matter where you find them, humans have that ratio,” says ...
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Viewpoint: Slug ‘memory transfer’ study may be too good to be true

A study claiming that a “memory” could be transferred from one animal to another in form of an injection has ...
4-18-2018 hematohidrosis-patient

Not a nightmare: It’s possible to sweat blood

Nathaniel Scharping | 
A medical case report in the Canadian Medical Association Journal from Italian researchers last year details a 21-year-old patient who began mysteriously sweating ...
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Recording brain activity gets easier with novel device

An improved method for recording brain activity could prove a major asset to neuroscience, according to a Nature paper just out: Moving magnetoencephalography ...
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Recording and playing back dreams isn’t here yet, but may be on the way

Charlotte Hu | 
[W]hat if you could record your dreams, and play them back for analysis, or even share them with friends? Theoretically, ...
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Evolution may be tough to predict, but it’s not random

Nathaniel Scharping | 
Can we predict the course evolution will take? That’s the question an international team of researchers decided to tackle, using ...
Popular Cavendish banana heading towards extinction, with GMO and gene edited varieties only viable saviors

Popular Cavendish banana heading towards extinction, with GMO and gene edited varieties only viable saviors

Nathaniel Scharping | 
We are in the age of the Cavendish, a banana cultivar that accounts for 99 percent of imports to the Western world. But ...
New ‘curvature blindness’ optical illusion illustrates how the brain interprets images

New ‘curvature blindness’ optical illusion illustrates how the brain interprets images

A new optical illusion has been discovered, and it’s really quite striking. The strange effect is called the ‘curvature blindness’ ...
High IQ and health: Are more Intelligent people more prone to illnesses?

High IQ and health: Are more Intelligent people more prone to illnesses?

A new paper claims that very intelligent people are more prone to mental illnesses and allergies. Mensans reported levels of illness higher ...
Preserved fatty tissues found in 48-million-year-old bird fossil

Preserved fatty tissues found in 48-million-year-old bird fossil

Gemma Tarlach | 
[R]esearchers have confirmed that fatty tissues were still identifiable in the partial fossil of a 48-million-year-old bird. The new research hints ...
Why the quest for artificial intelligence almost died in infancy

Why the quest for artificial intelligence almost died in infancy

John Wenz | 
It feels as if we’re riding the wave of a novel technological era, but the current rise in neural networks ...
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Oldest African DNA found in Malawi cave fills some of human ancestry’s ‘crucial gaps’

Gemma Tarlach | 
A great irony about Africa is that, even though it’s the birthplace of our species, we know almost nothing about ...
Human Project: 10,000 New Yorkers' health to be tracked over 20 years

Human Project: 10,000 New Yorkers’ health to be tracked over 20 years

Nathaniel Scharping | 
If you smoke cigarettes, you’re putting yourself at a heightened risk for heart disease. That correlation is well-known and unchallenged ...
Fighting the common cold: Understanding rare genetic mutation may be key

Fighting the common cold: Understanding rare genetic mutation may be key

Nathaniel Scharping | 
A rare mutation that nearly killed a young girl has revealed insights into the common cold. Researchers from the National Institute ...
What if we find an alien civilization 500 years behind us in technology and advancements?

What if we find an alien civilization 500 years behind us in technology and advancements?

Corey Powell | 
We couldn’t communicate with them by any currently known method. Unless physicists make some kind of wildly unanticipated new discovery, ...
Walked with us: Cave findings show extinct human-like species Homo naledi co-existed with modern humans

Walked with us: Cave findings show extinct human-like species Homo naledi co-existed with modern humans

Nathaniel Scharping | 
Discovered in a South African cave, H. naledi first came to light in 2015, in a paper by University of the Witwatersrand ...
To save energy, our liver grows by day and shrinks at night

To save energy, our liver grows by day and shrinks at night

Nathaniel Scharping | 
Among all the organs in the human body, the liver is something of a superhero. Not only does it defend our ...
Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity?

Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity?

Neuroskeptic | 
Do we have a human right to the privacy of our brain activity? Is “cognitive liberty” the foundation of all ...
How one surgeon harnesses the regenerative power of pig guts to save fingers, limbs

How one surgeon harnesses the regenerative power of pig guts to save fingers, limbs

Adam Piore | 
Bioengineers have made great strides harnessing the body’s ability to start over...[still] much of regenerative medicine’s promise remains inside the ...
Could life on Earth have started without the 'fundamental' periodic elements?

Could life on Earth have started without the ‘fundamental’ periodic elements?

Jeffrey Marlow | 
Biologists have traditionally assumed that [carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, and sulfur] were prerequisites, as each one is found in ...
Heart-pounding vegetables? Heart tissue grown on spinach may lead to organ regeneration

Heart-pounding vegetables? Heart tissue grown on spinach may lead to organ regeneration

Amy Klinkhammer | 
One of the biggest obstacles in the field of organ regeneration is scaling up production from tiny samples in a ...
Astrological medicine: Your birth month can predict your risk for asthma, ADHD and more than 50 other diseases

Astrological medicine: Your birth month can predict your risk for asthma, ADHD and more than 50 other diseases

Carl Engelking | 
Your Zodiac symbol and birthstone aren’t the only things decided by your birth date: The day you entered this world ...
"Uncombable hair syndrome" linked to rare gene mutations

“Uncombable hair syndrome” linked to rare gene mutations

Nathaniel Scharping | 
The "uncombable hair syndrome," which is usually present only in childhood, results in a tangled mess of frizzy hair that leaves ...
Drug industry could improve research if scientists use CRISPR edited human-like lab rats

Drug industry could improve research if scientists use CRISPR edited human-like lab rats

Nathaniel Scharping | 
“Cancer has been cured a thousand times.” So says Christopher Austin, the director of the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences ...
Search underway for 'super donors' to facilitate gene therapy

Search underway for ‘super donors’ to facilitate gene therapy

Kim Smuga-Otto | 
Our bodies’ cells didn’t evolve to flourish in a petri dish. Even fast-growing skin cells stop dividing and turn thin ...

Psychologists counter publication bias with call to reveal negative study results

Neuroskeptic | 
The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. The ‘file drawer problem’ ...

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