A newsletter of research on Consciousness, Mind and Life

by piero scaruffi

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December 2012
  • The first simulation in software of an entire living organism (American Scientist article) was achieved at Stanford by Markus Covert's team.
  • The sperm count of French men fell by a third between 1989 and 2005, according to a study by Joelle Le Moal and others: link

November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
  • Mark Mayford's team at the Scripps Research Institute has created artificial memories into the brain of a genetically-engineer mouse (original paper)

August 2012
August 2012
  • Neuroscience of laughter: Robert Provine
  • Monkeys too show girls preferring dolls and boys preferring trucks: article
  • Several regions of the brain contribute to self-awareness: article

July 2012
  • Modern human behavior may have originated 50,000 years ago in South Africa, according to Richard Klein of Stanford University (See this article and the original paper)
  • Opinion: The Meat Diet
  • A Stanford team led by Markus Covert has produced the first complete computer model of a free-living organism, the bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium. (See this article). What is most impressive about this achievement is that it took 128 processors working in parallel to simulate a bacterium: now consider that the human body is made up of 10 trillion cells and of 100 trillion bacterial cells...
  • CERN announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
  • Opinion: The Higgs Universe

June 2012
  • A combined Google/Stanford research team, led by the Stanford computer scientist professor Andrew Ng and Google fellow Jeff Dean, used an array of 16,000 processors to create a neural network with more than one billion connections and let it loose on the Internet to learn from millions of YouTube videos how to recognize cats.
  • Opinion: A.I. and Brute Force

May 2012
  • The Human Brain Project, the continuation of Henry Markram's "Blue Brain Project" at the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne (Switzerland), is a collaboration among several European labs to enter in computer models everything that is known about the human brain.

April 2012
March 2012
  • By studying the behavior of chimps, several teams have discovered that human human bipedalism may have originated to carry scarce resources. Chimps stand up when they carry something important, because this posture frees the hands. ("Chimpanzee carrying behaviour and the origins of human bipedality). If that is the case, however, it is not clear why the other apes did not evolve the same feature.

February 2012
January 2012
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