thanks to Jed for the heads up on this. Great article from Forbes on Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen's Allen Institute for Brain Science research institute who are pursuing a big science approach to understanding the workings of the human brain. Well worth reading. Click on the headline or image to learn more.
Probably not news if you are a pet owner, or ever worked with farm animals. However a prominent group of scientists signs a document stating that animals are just as "conscious and aware" as humans are. In the search for alien intelligence - looks like we as a species had better start looking a little closer to home. Click on the image or the title to learn more.