Berkeley News | September 19th, 2016

Brain’s hippocampus helps fill in the blanks of language

A new study shows that when you finish your spouse’s sentences or answer a fill-in-the-blank question, you’re engaging the brain’s relay station for memories, an area that until now was largely neglected by scientists studying language. It seems obvious that speaking and understanding language draw upon our memories – of words, context, people, etc. – […]

The Washington Post | September 14th, 2016

Meet the scientist who dreams of fixing your sleep

In the age of the quantified self, products that promise to track your habits and fix your behavior are a dime a dozen. Find out how much you walk; do that more. Find out how much junk you eat; do that less. Correct your posture in real time, and get feedback as you strengthen your pelvic floor […]

Biophysical Society | September 8th, 2016

Bob Zucker Receives Sir Bernard Katz Award

Bob Zucker is the 2017 recipient of the Sir Bernard Katz Award of the Exocytosis/Endocytosis Subgroup of the Biophysical Society. The award recognizes excellence in research and outstanding careers in the field of exocytosis/endocytosis. Dr. Zucker will give a talk at the upcoming annual meeting in February, 2017.  Read More…

Berkeley News | September 8th, 2016

Can some types of fat protect us from brain disease?

An intriguing finding in nematode worms suggests that having a little bit of extra fat may help reduce the risk of developing some neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington’s, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. What these illnesses have in common is that they’re caused by abnormal proteins that accummulate in or between brain cells to form plaques, […]

Berkeley News | August 29th, 2016

UC Berkeley launches Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence

UC Berkeley artificial intelligence (AI) expert Stuart Russell will lead a new Center for Human-Compatible Artificial Intelligence, launched this week. Russell, a UC Berkeley professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and the Smith-Zadeh Professor in Engineering, is co-author of Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, which is considered the standard text in the field of artificial […]

PBS NewsHour | August 12th, 2016

Inside the extraordinary nose of a search-and-rescue dog

The blizzard arrived in Alpine Meadows without warning. Hours earlier, before a half moon rose over this California resort town near Lake Tahoe, an uncle and his teenage nephew had been separated from their hunting party. Authorities called veteran rescue dog handler Shay Cook, who rushed to the mountain site with her dog Rixi, never […]

Newsweek | August 5th, 2016

ELECTRONIC ‘NEURAL DUST’ COULD MONITOR YOUR BRAIN

Wireless sensors that can be implanted in a person’s body to control robotic devices have been developed by researchers hoping to transform brain-to-computer interfaces. Scientists at the University of Berkeley, California, built the so-called “neural dust” device and tested its functionality in the muscles and peripheral nerves of rats. “I think the long-term prospects for […]

The Washington Post | August 4th, 2016

Engineers implanted tiny sensors in rats’ nerves and muscles. Are humans next?

Sensors the size of a grain of sand could one day explain what’s happening in your body from the inside out. Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, implanted wireless sensors measuring just one millimeter cubed  in the muscles and nerves of lab rats, then used ultrasound waves to extract information from them about how well […]

CNET | August 3rd, 2016

Beyond Fitbit: ‘Neural dust’ puts invisible cyborg tech deep inside you

New, tiny sensors could create superpowerful fitness trackers, move prosthetics forward and lead to treatments for conditions like epilepsy. Monitoring your heart rate and VO2 max (maximum oxygen volume) with the latest fitness tracker is nifty, but researchers are developing new, tiny tech to keep track of just about any organ, nerve or muscle in […]

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