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Nina Nadine Ridder

Surprising similarity in fly and mouse motion vision - 1 views

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    Loosely related to an old ACT project on optical flow (if I remember correctly but even if not still an interesting read I think):

    "At first glance, the eyes of mammals and those of insects do not seem to have much in common. However, a comparison of the neural circuits for detecting motion shows surprising parallels between flies and mice. Scientists have learned a lot about the visual perception of both animals in recent years."
Nina Nadine Ridder

Why is life left-handed? The answer is in the stars - 1 views

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    While most humans are right-handed, our proteins are made up of lefty molecules. In the same way your left and right hands mirror one another, molecules can assemble in two reflected structures. Life prefers the left-handed version, which is puzzling since both mirrored types form equally in the laboratory.
Paul N

Animal brains connected up to make mind-melded computer - 2 views

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    Parallel processing in computing --- Brainet

    The team sent electrical pulses to all four rats and rewarded them when they synchronised their brain activity. After 10 training sessions, the rats were able to do this 61 per cent of the time. This synchronous brain activity can be put to work as a computer to perform tasks like information storage and pattern recognition, says Nicolelis. "We send a message to the brains, the brains incorporate that message, and we can retrieve the message later," he says.

    Dividing the computing of a task between multiple brains is similar to sharing computations between multiple processors in modern computers,
    "If you could collaboratively solve common problems [using a brainet], it would be a way to leverage the skills of different individuals for a common goal."
jcunha

Where Life Meets Light: Bio-Inspired Photonics - 0 views

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    Octopus and optoelectronics camouflage, light bugs and LEDs, or spider webs and touch screens, ... a whole cool bunch of biomimetic stuff
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    See also the referred work "Light-extraction enhancement for light-emitting diodes: a firefly-inspired structure refined by the genetic algorithm" - quite cool!
    https://pure.fundp.ac.be/portal/files/11946897/paper89.pdf
Thijs Versloot

Using nature to grow batteries - 1 views

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    Somewhat older talk from 2011 on using viruses to grow batteries.
Dario Izzo

Study maps extroversion types in the brain's anatomy - 6 views

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    Anna will rule the world!!!!
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    So... start preparing to be required to attach your brain scan along with your job application...
jcunha

Medical Xpress: Newly discovered hormone mimics the effects of exercise - 0 views

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    "Hormones are molecules that act as the body's signals, triggering various physiological responses. The newly discovered hormone, dubbed "MOTS-c," primarily targets muscle tissue, where it restores insulin sensitivity, counteracting diet-induced and age-dependent insulin resistance."

    Good news for long distance space travelers?
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    as well as lazy couch potatoes
Dario Izzo

Extreme strength observed in limpet teeth | Journal of The Royal Society Interface - 3 views

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    stronger than steel - small teeth of snail like creature ...
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    According to a BBC news article it's actually stronger than Kevlar...
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    The spider silk is no longer the toughest natural material around.
jcunha

Nature Optics: Super vision - 6 views

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    Taking images through opaque, light-scattering layers is a vital capability and essential diagnostic tool in many applications.

    The research group of Prof. Mosk of U. Twente have started doing experiments shooting optical lasers into opaque materials in 2007, and for surprise of everyone, it turn out the light intensity after the opaque material in their experiments was orders of magnitude bigger than expected.

    Following these results they succeeded in taking non-invasive sharp pictures of objects hidden behind a screen of opaqueness, the so referred Super Vision in this Nature overview article.
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    very nice!!!
Thijs Versloot

Octopus robot makes waves with ultra-fast propulsion - 2 views

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    Technology/Robotics Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater vehicles. Most fast aquatic animals are sleek and slender to help them move easily through the water but cephalopods, such as the octopus, are capable of high-speed escapes by filling their bodies with water and then quickly expelling it to dart away.
LeopoldS

Spiders spinning electrically charged nano-fibres | Biology Letters - 2 views

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    electrically charged spider web ...
Ma Ru

PLOS Computational Biology: Ten Simple Rules for Organizing an Unconference - 1 views

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    For future reference...

    At the same time, a crowdsourced article:
    "We began the crowdsourcing by collecting a list of possible rules for the article via a git-controlled repository"
    SVN would be so 2000-ish...
Thijs Versloot

Meet the electric life forms that live on pure energy - 3 views

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    Unlike any other living thing on Earth, electric bacteria use energy in its purest form - naked electricity in the shape of electrons harvested from rocks and metals. We already knew about two types, Shewanella and Geobacter. Now, biologists are showing that they can entice many more out of rocks and marine mud by tempting them with a bit of electrical juice. Experiments growing bacteria on battery electrodes demonstrate that these novel, mind-boggling forms of life are essentially eating and excreting electricity.
jcunha

Mystery of where Earth's water came from deepens: Comet water is different - 2 views

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    "Over the past few months, the European Space Agency's Rosetta space probe closely examined the type of comet that some scientists theorized could have brought water to our planet 4 billion years ago. It found water, but the wrong kind."
jcunha

Brain's reaction to virtual reality should prompt further study, suggests new research - 2 views

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    "Neuroscience UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial, scientific or other purposes."

    I wonder if we are doing it wrong with the airplane pilot simulators...
Christophe Praz

Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice - 4 views

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    "As you read this, your neurons are firing - that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That's no longer the case - researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot physically speak communicate with the outside world."

    Or alternatively, a step towards snooping into individuals' privacy.
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    Soon we'll be able to see movies about our dreams!
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    Only if you are willing to have a chip implanted into/onto your brain though ^^
Christophe Praz

Science's Favorite Deep-Sea Explorer Gets High-Tech Upgrades | WIRED - 2 views

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    Alvin, the only deep-diving manned submersible used for science has been upgraded, allowing scientists to explore for the 1st time the depth of the oceans down to 6500m bsl.
Thijs Versloot

Programmable biological circuits - 3 views

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    Several new components for biological circuits have been developed by researchers. These components are key building blocks for constructing precisely functioning and programmable bio-computers. "The ability to combine biological components at will in a modular, plug-and-play fashion means that we now approach the stage when the concept of programming as we know it from software engineering can be applied to biological computers.
Athanasia Nikolaou

Do dolphins use nonlinear mathematics? - 1 views

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    For fun. "Dolphins are only the second most intelligent form of life on Earth"
Luís F. Simões

The accidental roboticist - 1 views

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    Evolutionary Robotics, as practised by biologists.

    Here's the link to John Long's book, mentioned in the article:

    Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology
    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007QXVRZG/
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