*Yaaawwwwwn* Did just reading the word make you feel like yawning yourself? Known as contagious yawning, the reasons behind this phenomenon have been attributed to both the physiological and psychological.
This animation shows how researchers are learning how to decode what someone is thinking from an MRI scan of their brain (RT @guardianscience: Brain decoding: how scientists can read your mind – video http://t.co/qF4SbjEIGE)...
Times of India Artificial muscles to give robots superhuman strength Times of India A research team from the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Faculty of Engineering has created artificial, or 'robotic' muscles, which could carry a weight 80...
Drawing inspiration from the Human Genome Project, neuroscientists in the US want to map all the neural pathways in the human brain (“@SaraSnicolau: __The Human Connectome Project: creating a complete roadmap of the brain _ video
BBC News Scientists Map Process by Which Brain Cells Form Long-Term Memories Science Daily (press release) June 9, 2013 — Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes have deciphered how a protein called Arc regulates the activity of neurons -- providing...
There’s tantalising evidence that technology could one day allow us to transmit thoughts telepathically between two brains. The question is how far can we go? (BRAIN-2-BRAIN: Ed Yong @edyong209 asks "Will we ever… communicate telepathically?
A new robot unveiled this week highlights the psychological and technical challenges of designing a humanoid that people actually want to have around.
Like all little boys, Roboy likes to show off.
He can say a few words. He can shake hands and wave. He is learning to ride a tricycle. And - every parent's pride and joy - he has a functioning musculoskeletal anatomy.
But when Roboy is unveiled this Saturday at the Robots on Tour event in Zurich, he will be hoping to charm the crowd as well as wow them with his skills.
"One of the goals is for Roboy to be a messenger of a new generation of robots that will interact with humans in a friendly way," says Rolf Pfeifer from the University of Zurich - Roboy's parent-in-chief.
As manufacturers get ready to market robots for the home it has become essential for them to overcome the public's suspicion of them. But designing a robot that is fun to be with - as well as useful and safe - is quite difficult.
Forget dated ideas about the left and right hemispheres. New research provides a more nuanced view of how we plan our lives and experience the world. Which cognitive mode best describes you? (Are you a mover, perceiver, stimulator or adaptor?
Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting -- linguistically, culturally -- than it seems, and it’s all good news. (Txtng is killing language?