Brain Cells Get The Whole Picture

Ueli Rutishauser, at Caltech (California Institute of Technology) has arrived at an interesting finding. Brain cells or neurons can recognise whole faces, not their parts, enabling us to tell friends from strangers or a sad from a happy face. Sort of upsets the whole apple cart, doesn’t it? Current Biology quotes Rutishauser: “The finding really … Continue reading “Brain Cells Get The Whole Picture”

IBM Makes Fools of DARPA

In what is simply the most top-down example of delusion possible, IBM has snookered the Advanced Research Projects Agency DARPA of the Pentagon to pony up cash for another absurd ‘breakthrough’. In IBM unveils chips that mimic the human brain we learn of IBM‘s newest make believe. “IBM has unveiled a new experimental computer chip … Continue reading “IBM Makes Fools of DARPA”

Watching a Neuron ‘Fire’

This is a rather crude (and rather old at that) animation of a neuron being charged, then fired and showing the resulting expulsion of the combined value. The top input represents the value passed from a previous neuron. The input at the right represents the biological clock‘s firing value. This specific animation shows two exit … Continue reading “Watching a Neuron ‘Fire’”

Pain Causing Brain Drain

A study published in the November 23 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience, as quoted from LiveScience [1] claims to have observed that “the brains of people with chronic backaches were up to 11 percent smaller than those of non-sufferers” [1] The reader will notice, in this study that: “No attempt was made to correlate … Continue reading “Pain Causing Brain Drain”