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Introducing Neuromorphics: a Smarter Computer Chip used to Build a Smarter AI

One of the biggest barriers to the implementation of useful artificial intelligence in our culture is the limitations imposed by our computer hardware: modern computer chips have their circuits arranged in a two-dimensional layout, running programs that are meant to mimic our own three-dimensional neurological processes. The 2D setup was, and...
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Different Types of Meditation Affect Different Parts of the Brain: A Little Something for Everyone

Many of us have been there: we've taken up meditation, followed the practice to the letter, but just couldn't get into the proper state, or didn't achieve any tangible benefits. It is, however, important to remember that each of us are different, with different minds, and thus may need a different practice to follow.
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Researchers Program DNA Strands to Perform Digital Calculations

Because of the physical limitations of silicon-based circuitry, there is an upper limit to how powerful a modern computer can be made. In response to this, researchers have been looking into other mediums to build faster and more powerful computers from, including using ...
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Weekender: Can Plants Think And Feel?

Plants are generally considered to be more basic forms of life than animals. They cannot speak, or walk; they do not have powers of reasoning or conscious thought.

Or do they?

Scientists are now coming around to the idea that plants are sentient living beings, with a sophisticated awareness of their surroundings. Not only...
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Weekender: ASpIRE - New Voice Recognition Software Creates Limitless Potential To Spy On Any Conversation

You have something personal to discuss with a friend. You arrange to meet for a coffee and a chat in a public restaurant. It's noisy, and you have a good heart to heart in the belief that nobody else can hear what you're saying. Or you leave a message on an answer phone or via a phone app and think that it's just between yourself and the recipient...
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Unknowncountry Weekender: Daydreaming can Make You More Intelligent

Daydreamers have historically been regarded as disconnected, apathetic, lazy individuals with a lack of focus.
Some studies, including a 2010 study conducted at Harvard, state that "a wandering mind is an unhappy mind, and have concluded that daydreamers are unhappy souls who must retreat into the safety of their minds to avoid the...
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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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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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Jocks Smarter Than Bookworms (At Some Things, Anyway)

We don't know about football players, but English Premier League soccer players, NHL hockey players, France's Top 14 club rugby players, and even elite amateur athletes have better developed cognitive functions than the average university student.
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Dumb and Dumber or Smart and Smarter?

Is the human race getting dumber? geneticist Gerald Crabtree thinks that human intelligence peaked several thousand years ago and from then on, has been on a slow decline.

His argument is based on the fact that for more than 99% of human evolutionary history, we lived as...
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Your Intelligence Depends on Who's Listening

Social factors can have a powerful effect on our intelligence. Most of us feel intelligent and amusing when talking to a particular person and feel dumb and inarticulate when talking to someone else.

In the October 7th edition of the New York Times, Annie Murphy Paul quotes psychologist Joshua Aronson as saying that we shouldn't...
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How to be Instantly Smarter

The idea of a simple, cheap and widely available device that could boost brain function (no more late nights studying for exams?) sounds too good to be true, but it may be a reality. Neurologists are coming up with brain stimulation techniques that may make us all...
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High Altitudes Produce Bigger Brains

New research shows that The higher up in latitude you live, the bigger your brain AND eyeballs will be. But does this mean that people who live in these regions are better thinkers? Relatively few innovations have come from people living in these parts of the world, but...
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Big Breasted Women Have Higher I.Q.s

Forget the "blonde" jokes--it turns out that big-breasted women have higher I.Q.s. Yes, a recent study of over a thousand women revealed that those with larger...
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Too Smart for Their Own Good

Being smart isn't always successful in the evolutionary race. Swiss researchers wondered why, if intelligence is such an asset, we haven't evolved to the point where everyone is super smart. Since this hasn't happened, there must be some good reasons to be dumb. Scottish researchers have discovered that it pays to be smart if you're poor, but...

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Chewing Gum Makes You Smarter

Chewing gum could make us smarter, according to a study carried out in the U.K. by the University of Northumbria and the Cognitive Research Unit in Reading. They found that chewing gum has a positive effect on cognitive tasks such as thinking and memory.

?The results were extremely clear and specifically we found that chewing gum...

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