Category: Science

Science fiction becomes reality: Researchers ‘transfer memories’ between animals in research that could help to unlock how we store them in our own brains

Victoria Allen | The Daily Mail | Source URL It is a nightmarish science fiction scenario, in which two people’s memories can be swapped between their brains. But fiction has become reality, after neuroscientists were able to transfer a memory from one animal into another. The memory was the recollection […]

Cops Aren’t Just Submitting DNA Samples To Genealogy Services; They’re Also Obtaining Customer Info

Tim Cushing | TechDirt | Source URL Recently, a genealogy service provided law enforcement with the information they needed to locate a murder suspect they’d been hunting for over forty years. GEDMatch admitted it was the service investigators used to find a familial match to DNA samples it had taken from crime […]

Would YOU share your DNA with the government? US wants a million people to share their genetic data and health habits in controversial experiment

AP via Daily Mail | Source URL Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science. On Sunday, the U.S. government will open nationwide enrollment for an ambitious experiment: If they can build a large enough database comparing the […]

California Supreme Court lets stand controversial law allowing DNA collection upon arrest

Maura Dolan | San Diego Union Tribune For years civil libertarians hoped to end California’s practice of taking DNA from people arrested on suspicion of a felony and storing that genetic information in an offender database — regardless of whether the suspects were later acquitted or had their charges dropped. […]

This A.I. literally reads your mind to re-create images of the faces you see

Luke Dormehl | Digital Trends | Source URL Google’s artificial intelligence technology may sometimes seem like it’s reading our mind, but neuroscientists at Canada’s University of Toronto Scarborough are literally using A.I. for that very purpose — by reconstructing images based on brain perception using data gathered by electroencephalography (EEG). […]

Electric shock to the brain boosts memory ’15 per cent’

Henry Bodkin The Telegraph A device that gives the brain electric shocks has prompted hope for Alzheimer’s patients after an initial trial showed it could improve memory by 15 per cent. The US study was described as “promising” by British Experts, but they cautioned it was too early to say for sure if […]