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  • This Memory Prosthesis Boosts Recall in Humans by Roughly 40 Percent
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    This Memory Prosthesis Boosts Recall in Humans by Roughly 40 Percent

    This one’s for the books: in a jaw-dropping study, a team just turned the human brain from a read-only memory device to a rewritable one. “What?” you might ask. Of course the brain is rewritable. It’s constantly using electrical and chemical signals to encode our thoughts and memories. But that’s biology. When it comes to… More

  • Why Slowing Down Can Actually Help Us Achieve More
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    Why Slowing Down Can Actually Help Us Achieve More

    Leah Weiss believes that when we pay attention to how we do our work—our thoughts and feelings about what we do and why we do it—we can tap into a much deeper reservoir of courage, creativity, meaning, and resilience. As a researcher, educator, and author, Weiss teaches a course called “Leading with Compassion and Mindfulness”… More

  • The Startup That Has to Kill You to Preserve Your Brain—Here’s the Science Behind the Buzz
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    The Startup That Has to Kill You to Preserve Your Brain—Here’s the Science Behind the Buzz

    Here’s something you don’t hear every day: for $10,000, an MIT-backed startup will preserve your brain right down to the synapse level. Within this century, the company pitched, future neuroscientists will extract the information preserved in those synapses, stick them into a supercomputer, reboot your memories, and “archive your mind.” There’s more: the technology only… More

  • Powerful New Algorithm Is a Big Step Towards Whole-Brain Simulation

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    Powerful New Algorithm Is a Big Step Towards Whole-Brain Simulation

    The renowned physicist Dr. Richard Feynman once said: “What I cannot create, I do not understand. Know how to solve every problem that has been solved.” An increasingly influential subfield of neuroscience has taken Feynman’s words to heart. To theoretical neuroscientists, the key to understanding how intelligence works is to recreate it inside a computer.… More

  • Your Shopping Experience Is on the Verge of a Major Transformation. Here’s Why.
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    Your Shopping Experience Is on the Verge of a Major Transformation. Here’s Why.

    Exponential technologies (AI, VR, 3D printing, and networks) are radically reshaping traditional retail. E-commerce giants (Amazon, Walmart, Alibaba) are digitizing the retail industry, riding the exponential growth of computation. Many brick-and-mortar stores have already gone bankrupt, or migrated their operations online. Massive change is occurring in this arena. For those “real-life stores” that survive, an… More

  • This Sensor Lets Scientists See Neuron-Level Brain Activity in Real Time
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    This Sensor Lets Scientists See Neuron-Level Brain Activity in Real Time

    Picture this: you’re at a boisterous party, trying to listen in on a group conversation. People are talking over each other and going a mile a minute, but you can only pick up snippets from one person at a time. Confusing? Sure! Frustrating? Absolutely! Yet this is how neuroscientists eavesdrop on all the electrical chatter… More

  • Not Just Gene Editing—CRISPR Toolkit Expands With Trio of New Tricks

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    Not Just Gene Editing—CRISPR Toolkit Expands With Trio of New Tricks

    CRISPR, the superhero of gene editing, just got a little more super. In a trio of studies released last week in Science, leading CRISPR labs around the world unveiled some ultra-creative additions to the technique, transforming the hotshot editor into a virus detective or a sharp-eyed historian jotting down a cell’s entire history into DNA.… More

  • How ‘Cultural Evolution’ Can Give Us the Tools to Build Global-Scale Resilience
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    How ‘Cultural Evolution’ Can Give Us the Tools to Build Global-Scale Resilience

    There’s an unsettling premise at the heart of Joe Brewer’s life’s work. Brewer is a change strategist dedicated to ensuring a thriving global civilization exists 100 years from now—and he believes this is becoming less likely every year. There’s rising instability in our fragile and rapidly changing biosphere, he says, and society is unlikely to… More

  • Cancer Vaccines May Overhaul Cancer Therapy in the Next Decade
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    Cancer Vaccines May Overhaul Cancer Therapy in the Next Decade

    The term “silver bullet” gets tossed around a lot, but cancer vaccines are just that. Unlike the flu vaccines that we’re familiar with, cancer vaccines are slightly different in that they don’t just seek to prevent cancers from forming. In many cases, these vaccines also treat tumors already within the body. What unites cancer vaccines… More

  • New CRISPR Method Takes on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
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    New CRISPR Method Takes on Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

    The advance of CRISPR gene editing technology, which uses an RNA strand to guide an enzyme called Cas9 to cut a specific portion of DNA, has raised concerns and sparked debate as people envision a not-so-distant future populated by bioengineered super-crops, genetically flawless pets, and customized babies. While the method could be used for these… More

  • We Read This 800-Page Report on the State of Longevity Research So You Don’t Have To
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    We Read This 800-Page Report on the State of Longevity Research So You Don’t Have To

    The longevity field is bustling but still fragmented, and the “silver tsunami” is coming. That is the takeaway of The Science of Longevity, the behemoth first volume of a four-part series offering a bird’s-eye view of the longevity industry in 2017. The report, a joint production of the Biogerontology Research Foundation, Deep Knowledge Life Science,… More

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