When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a test

Experiment tests human vs. parrot memory in a complex shell game What happens when an African grey parrot goes head-to-head with 21 Harvard students in a test measuring a type of visual memory? Put simply: The parrot moves to the head of the class. Harvard researchers compared how 21 human adults and 21 6- toContinue reading “When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a test”

Scientists find ally in fight against brain tumors: Ebola

Here glioblastoma cells from a human brain are growing. Addition of the Ebola-VSV oncolytic virus results in tumor infection and cell death, seen here as black cells. Over time the infection spreads to other glioblastoma cells. Glioblastomas are relentless, hard-to-treat, and often lethal brain tumors. Yale scientists have enlisted a most unlikely ally in effortsContinue reading “Scientists find ally in fight against brain tumors: Ebola”

How the future of brain wave research may be etched in silicon

In the 1950s, engineers faced a challenge. The parts they were using to wire computers – namely transistors – were too bulky for their plans to build more powerful machines. In response, they did something remarkable: they showed that it was possible to greatly shrink a computer’s main circuitry by etching, or chemically burning, theContinue reading “How the future of brain wave research may be etched in silicon”