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How to Trick Your Brain Into Seeing This Black and White Image In Full Color (Video)

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Our eyes are made up of two types of cells: rod cells, which are primarily responsible for perceiving light, and cone cells, which handle color. There are three types of cones — ones that handle green wavelengths of light, ones that handle blue and ones that handle red. If you overstimulate one type of cone by flooding your vision with a bunch of that color, those cones will become temporarily unresponsive. As a result, your eyes are forced to rely on the other two types of cones,

Study: Kids from Poor Families Have Smaller Brains Than Kids from Rich Families

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It’s no secret that there is often a connection between wealth and intellectual ability. There are many reasons for this: poorer families have less money to invest in their children’s education, poor parents are often less educated than their wealthy counterparts, children living in poor households often have to deal with much more stress and trauma than well-off children…the list could go on. But while we’ve been aware of this connection for generations, we never knew exactly how these differences in wealth

Deep Neural Network Learns How to ‘Paint’ Like Van Gogh and Other Famous Artists (Video)

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Back in June, Google released a series of rather trippy computer-generated images created by its image recognition neural network. The images — dubbed “the dreams of machines” by a number of media outlets — were created by feeding images into the neural network and then having it recognize and accentuate certain features. As the process is repeated more and more times, the image becomes increasingly strange. In the image below, for example, the network was fed a painting of a knight on horseback and directed to look for animals

Scientists Show off Brain-to-Brain Connection, Linking Animals Together to Solve Problems


The secret behind the magic of the brain lies in its ability to connect billions of neurons together to create complex networks. But what if we were able to connect our brains to the brains of others, creating an even larger network of neurons? Neurobiologist Miguel A. Nicolelis, director of Duke University’s Center for Neuroengineering, is trying to answer that very question. Earlier this year, Nicolelis and his team of researchers performed a series of experiments in which they linked animal brains together to see if the animals could then

This “Pacemaker For The Stomach” Could Help You Lose Weight

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Earlier this year, the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) gave its approval to a unique new electronic device that helps individuals lose weight. EnteroMedics Inc., a biotechnology company in Minnesota, has created a “pacemaker for the stomach” in order to provide another treatment avenue for people battling obesity. Obesity can be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetics, smoking and current medicine use. But the single biggest contributer to excess food consumption is your appetite. Hunger occurs when the abdominal vagus nerve sends signals to

Babies See Right Through Your Facade of Fake Emotions

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By around 18 months, babies can tell when you’re faking an emotion. The discovery comes from a study conducted at Concordia University. For the study, researchers got two groups of babies: one group of 15-month olds and one group of 18-month olds. The infants observed an actor who would perform some action and then display a facial emotion that either did or did not make sense with the action. For example, hurting a finger and showing pain would make sense, but receiving a

Neuroscientist Uses One Person’s Brain to Control Another Person’s Arm (Video)

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Greg Gage has always been fascinated by the brain. He dedicated his whole life to studying it, and spent six and a half years in graduate school at the University of Michigan just to earn the title of neuroscientist. As he climbed his way up the academic ladder, Gage noticed a major problem with the field of neuroscience: the equipment needed to do any serious research was so expensive that it was only available in the largest universities and institutions. In other words, you had

These Scientists Want to Record and Restore Memories Using Microchips

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For the past few years, a team of neuroscientists from across the United States has been studying how the brain stores and makes memories. Now, they are on the cusp of something big: implanting microchip memory devices in people. Ted Berger, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of Southern California in LA, is one of the scientists on the team. Berger says that he and his fellow researchers have devised a technique that allows them to record and store memories for people who have

An 11-Year-Old Just Drew An Entire World Map To Scale From Memory

An 11-year-old with autism recently dazzled a college class, doing something that most of them will likely never be able to. According to Bored Panda… “A professor in New York whose 11-year-old son has autism recently invited him to her class, where he got up on a chair and drew a detailed, accurate map of the world completely from memory.”   According to Distractify… “Redditor bobitis was sitting in on the class (which his daughter is enrolled in) and couldn’t help

Innovative Tech Firm Shows Off A Drone Controlled Entirely By Brainwaves (Video)


Imagine boarding a flight in which the pilot isn’t even on the plane. Instead, he or she is on the ground, hooked up to a helmet that allows them to fly the plane using nothing but their brainwaves. That’s the future that Tekever imagines. The innovative company demonstrated the technology at an airstrip in Lisbon, Portugal earlier this month, using it to control a small unmanned drone. Tekever based their brain-controlled drone system off of existing electroencephalography (EEG) technology, tweaking it so that it could

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