Building a better brain-in-a-dish, faster and cheaper

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UC San Diego researchers develop new protocol for creating human cortical organoids, mini-brains derived directly from primary cells that can be used to better explore and understand the real thing.

Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development , researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe development of a rapid, cost-effective method to create human cortical organoids directly from primary cells.

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IBM Creates Most Comprehensive Map of the Brain to Date

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The long-distance network of the Macaque monkey brain.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) published Tuesday a landmark paper entitled “Network architecture of the long-distance pathways in the macaque brain” (an open-access paper) by Dharmendra S. Modha (IBM Almaden) and Raghavendra Singh (IBM Research-India) with major implications for reverse-engineering the brain and developing a network of cognitive-computing chips.

 

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Language That Has No Words for Numbers

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A Piraha man participates in an experiment that MIT researchers say indicates his language contains no number words.

Can you imagine a language without any word for “one” or any other numbers? Aren’t numbers so important that life would be nearly impossible if you don’t have words to express them?

Apparently not, as scientists found one such number-less language:

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