Brain Patterns Translated Into Images By Japanese Researchers

Brain Patterns Translated Into Images By Japanese Researchers 

Science fiction movies have long been obsessed with the as yet unattained ability to project the thoughts of humans (dreams, intentions, etc.) onto a video screen. Now a group of Japanese researchers at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Lab in Kyoto have brought us a lot closer to making that technology real.

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Hand Transplant Patient Shows Signs Of Sensory Recovery

Hand Transplant Patient Shows Signs Of Sensory Recovery 

Activation of the left cerebral hemisphere during sensory stimulation of the transplanted right palm.  

Four months after a successful hand transplant — 35 years after amputation in an industrial accident at age 19 — a 54-year-old man’s emerging sense of touch is registered in the former “hand area” of the his brain, says a University of Oregon neuroscientist.

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Children Learn Differently After 12 Years Of Age

Children Learn Differently After 12 Years Of Age 

Eight-year-old children have a radically different learning strategy from twelve-year-olds and adults. Eight-year-olds learn primarily from positive feedback (‘Well done!’), whereas negative feedback (‘Got it wrong this time’) scarcely causes any alarm bells to ring. Twelve-year-olds are better able to process negative feedback, and use it to learn from their mistakes. Adults do the same, but more efficiently.

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ShapeHand Data Glove To Help The Medical Community

ShapeHand Data Glove To Help The Medical Community 

ShapeHand Data Glove 

If you didn’t know about MoCap technology, you might be interested to know how it works and why it is being used in the medical industry lately. The technology may help the medical community to conduct research in MRI research and analysis. The ShapeHand Data Glove makes use of this technology and is a portable, lightweight motion capture system, which consists of flexible ribbons.

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Nano-sized “Cargo Ships” Developed To Carry Anti-Cancer Drugs And Markers Through The Body

Nano-sized “Cargo Ships” Developed To Carry Anti-Cancer Drugs And Markers Through The Body 

 The nanometer-sized cargo ships look individually like a chocolate-covered nut cluster, in which a biocompatible lipid forms the chocolate shell and magnetic nanoparticles, quantum dots and the drug doxorubicin are the nuts.

Scientists have developed nanometer-sized ‘cargo ships’ that can sail throughout the body via the bloodstream without immediate detection from the body’s immune radar system and ferry their cargo of anti-cancer drugs and markers into tumors that might otherwise go untreated or undetected.

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World’s Most Powerful Magnet Being Built In Florida

World’s Most Powerful Magnet Being Built In Florida

Your fridge magnets suck

Multiply the magnetic field strength of a refrigerator magnet by 2 million and you’ll be in the ballpark of the strength of the magnet that researchers at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, based near Florida State University in Tallahassee, are trying to create. When completed later this year, the pulsed electromagnet, located at the lab’s facility at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, in New Mexico, will reach 100 tesla, the holy grail of magnetic field strength. And in another first, if all goes according to plan it will reach that level-about 67 times as high as a typical MRI-without blowing itself to smithereens.

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First Detailed Map Of The Human Brain

First Detailed Map Of The Human Brain

Scientists used a new type of brain imaging called diffusion spectrum imaging, along with mathematical analysis,
to build a map of the cortical architecture of the human brain, shown here.

The first high-resolution map of the human cortical network reveals that the brain has its own version of Grand Central Station, a central hub that is structurally connected to many other parts of the brain.

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Multicolor MRI

Multicolor MRI 

Mini magnets injected into the body, microscale magnetic particles (top) could yield colored magnetic resonance images

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a clinical workhorse, producing exquisitely detailed 3-D pictures of tumors, blood vessels, bones, and structures deep inside the body. MRI images are in shades of gray, and their contrast is based on how much water is in the part of the body under study. Now physicists have fabricated miniature magnetic particles that could brighten MRI with a rainbow of colors that convey a wealth of information about the disease states and behavior of tissues in the body.

 

 

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