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Forget The Threat From Artificial Intelligence - Could Super-Intelligent Animals Be The Biggest Threat To Mankind?

Last month, Unknown Country reported the views of technology heavyweights such as Elon Musk that artificial intelligence could be the most significant threat to the future of mankind. Now Stephen Hawking has added his voice to their ever-increasing concerns regarding the outcome of creating intelligent machines.

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Evidence of Sacred Geometry Observed in Cosmic Webs

Like it or not, mathematics underpins our whole existence, either by conscious design or through natural selection. Our ancestors were very appreciative of the significance of mathematics, illustrated by the precise geometric alignments that have been observed in the construction and placements of ancient monuments on earth, such as Stonehenge and...
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Dirty Politics? Scientists Say Political Affiliation Is In Our Subconscious, Or Even Our Genes

Maggot infestations, rotting carcasses, unidentifiable gunk in the kitchen sink – how much your brain responds to disgusting images could predict whether you are liberal or conservative.

In a study to be published in an upcoming issue of Current Biology, an international team of scientists led by Virginia Tech reports that the...
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New Study Reveals That Our Brains Solve Problems Whilst We Sleep

A grain of truth is often to be found in age-old remedies, with science often proving concepts and advice that our forefathers have been using for centuries. When faced with a dilemma, how many times have we been advised to "sleep on it" in the hope that the right solution will come to us while we slumber?

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The Age Of Mind-Controlled Email Messages Is Here...

Scientists have found a way to send brain-to-brain messages using brainwaves connected to computer technology.

A team of researchers from the University of Barcelona in Spain, Axilum Robotics in France, Harvard Medical School and Starlab Barcelona in Spain used EEG headsets to record the electrical activity in the brain related to...
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Scientists Discover How To Manipulate Memories and Erase Fear

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have made an astonishing breakthrough: they believe that they now have the ability to erase feelings of fear or anxiety.The researchers discovered which brain circuits attach emotions to memories but, more importantly, they worked out how to reverse this link.

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Researchers Create Functional Brain Tissue

For the first time, researchers have created biological tissue that functions like brain tissue.

The human brain remains one of the least understood organs in the human body, because of its complexity and the difficulty of studying its physiology in a living person. Tufts University researchers today announced development of the...
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Reading Creates Physical Changes In The Brain

It's summer in the Northern Hemisphere, for many a time to seek rest, relaxation and a good book. The good news is that finding the time to sit and read could actually result in positive physical changes to our brains.

A recent study indicated that reading a novel caused long-lasting alterations in the resting-state connectivity of...
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Sleep Keeps Our Brains Young

A new study using brain imaging has discovered that burning the candle at both ends could send us into premature aging.

Brain shrinkage is a normal part of the aging process but the study, which was led by Dr. June Lo, a researcher with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, indicated that these changes were exacerbated with...
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Weekender - The Future Could Be Mind Controlled...

Watching the first kick of the football at the start of this year's World Cup was a very special moment, as the kick was taken by a paraplegic wearing an amazing mind-controlled exo-skeleton.

Juliano Pinto, a 29-year-old Brazilian man suffering from paralysis in his lower body, was able to control the legs of the special suit using...
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Insects: Food of the Past - Bugs May Have Built Our Brains!

Last week on Unknown Country we ran a story which put forward a theory that, if food supplies run short in the future, we could turn to the insect world to provide a source of protein for our nutritional needs.

Subscribers had mixed views on the subject, but for...
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Weekender: Do Our Brains Need Their Own Bill of Rights?

In this age of performance augmentation, rumors of cognitive enhancement therapies abound. Loosely defined, certain types of cognitive enhancers are available to us all without needing to visit the doctor or a drug-dealer; the vast majority of the world's inhabitants kick-start their day (and their brain!) with a cup of tea or coffee, utilising...
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Scientists Slow Brain Tumor Progression

 Brain and other nervous system cancers are expected to claim 14,320 lives in the United States this year, but a recent study has brought hope to this field of oncology.

Much like using dimmer switches to brighten or darken rooms, biochemists have identified a protein that can be used to slow down or speed up the growth of brain...
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Brain Waves: Are Our Brains Merely Sophisticated Biological Computers?

The most common perception regarding the purpose of our brain is the major processor for all of our thought, that this is where an individual's "mind" resides, along with their essence of self and identity. Certainly, brain damage can affect our cognitive abilities, substantiating the purely scientific stance that we are no more than...
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Can Spirituality Change Our Brain and Prevent Depression?

A recent study has indicated that the practice of regular spiritual activity can help alleviate and protect against depression.

The study, which was published online by JAMA Psychiatry, showed that a thickening of the brain cortex was associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice, and could be the reason...
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Scientists Can Affect Brain Responses Using Ultrasound Waves

Scientists have discovered that ultrasound directed to a specific areas of the brain can enhance sensory awareness and perception in the brain.

Most people are familiar with the use of ultrasound scanners as devices that utilise high frequency sound waves to create images of internal organs. This technology has now been adapted by...
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Human Brain Growing in Test Tube

Some days we all feel like we need to have a brain transplant. This idea may not be so incredible from now on, as a recent study published in the journal 'Nature' explains.
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NDE Discovery: Brain Found to Be 'Highly Active' Just After Death

The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan.

Previously, it was not believed that the brain could be active after death, but now it appears that there is a burst of superconsicous activity for about 30 seconds AFTER its blood...
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New Brain Discovery May Enable Abduction Proof

Archeologists usually investigate ancient sites, but what if neurologists could dig into the brain's past and uncover the history of past experiences? Recent brain studies have revealed that spontaneous waves of neuronal activity in the brain bear the imprints of earlier events for at least 24 hours after the experience has taken place. This...
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China Thinks We're Born With Our Brains

Americans tend to think that our IQ is a combination of the genes we were born with and the way we were educated, but the Chinese think that at least half of the variation in intelligence quotient, or IQ, is inherited. The average person's IQ is 100. The average Nobel laureate's...
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How the Internet Changes Your Brain

Lots of things change our brains (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). We know that reading changes the brain--according...
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Alcohol Can Rewire Our Brains

Is it possible to rewire our brain? (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show). Sometimes this may happen without our knowledge, such as when we drink too much.
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Why Our Brains May be Different

We share a majority of our genes and abilities with chimps, so what makes us different? (NOTE: Subscribers can still...
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Math Can be a Pain in the Brain

If you didn't do well in math, it may be because crunching numbers literally hurts your brain.

When neuroscientists look at a human brain under an fMRI machine, while they give them a math problem to do, the pain centers in some people's brains light up. In one such test, the parts of the brain that perceive pain and bodily threats...
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Music Changes the Brain

Lots of things change the brain (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show), and one of these is music. At a time when school budgets are...
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Microorganisms Are Controlling Your Brain

The new science of evolutionary medicine asks the question: who (or WHAT) benefits when people show symptoms of a disease? Often, it's the microbes that are causing the disease in the first place. For instance, cold symptoms. When an infected person coughs or sneezes out some of the tiny organisms that are causing the problem, they are able to...
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Repair Your Brain

What kind of shape is YOUR brain in? Have you had an injury that has affected the way it functions? (NOTE: Subscribers...
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You Can be Controlled by Lasers

Will brain control (NOTE: Subscribers can still listen to this show) someday make us all obedient servants? In the quest to understand how the brain turns sensory input into behavior, scientists have used precisely-...
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How our Brains FEEL Metaphors

Our language and literature are so full of metaphors that we rarely notice them--but our BRAIN does. For instance, when a character's...
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Think You're a Woman? You May be Part Male!

Male DNA is commonly found in the brains of women, most likely derived from prior pregnancy with a male fetus. While the medical implications of male DNA and male cells in the brain are unknown, the harboring of genetic material and cells that were exchanged between fetus and mother during pregnancy has been linked to autoimmune diseases and...
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