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Your Brain Detects Confidence In Voices Faster Than You Can Blink

Your Brain Detects Confidence In Voices Faster Than You Can Blink | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it

New research puts a finer point on the confidence issue by tracking changes in listeners’ brain activity when hearing someone make a statement. The results suggest that the brain detects and assesses confidence in another’s voice in as little as 0.2 seconds.


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Scientists use immunotherapy to reduce memory problems with Alzheimer’s disease

Scientists use immunotherapy to reduce memory problems with Alzheimer’s disease | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A new study from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has revealed that a single dose of an immunotherapy reverses memory problems in an animal model of Alzheimer’s disease.
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Magnetic nanoparticles open blood-brain barrier for delivery of therapeutic molecules

Magnetic nanoparticles open blood-brain barrier for delivery of therapeutic molecules | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The blood-brain barrier is a highly selective semipermeable barrier running inside almost all vessels in the brain that lets through water, some gases and a few other select molecules, while preventing potentially toxic elements in the blood from...
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Has Technology Changed Us?: BBC Animations Answer the Question with the Help of Marshall McLuhan (Video)

Has Technology Changed Us?: BBC Animations Answer the Question with the Help of Marshall McLuhan (Video) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
“BBC Radio 4 addressing the question 'How Did Everything Begin?' In February, we featured its follow-up on an equally eternal question, 'What Makes Us Human?' Both came scripted by Philosophy Bites co-creator Nigel Warburton and narrated by X-Files co-star Gillian Anderson (in full British mode).”
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New research finds oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins

New research finds oceanic microbes behave in synchrony across ocean basins | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
"Surprisingly, however," said Aylward, "our work shows that these extremely different ecosystems exhibit very similar diel cycles, driven largely by sunlight and interspecies microbial interactions. This suggests that different microbial communities across the Pacific Ocean, and likely waters across the entire planet, behave in much more orderly ways than has previously been supposed."  
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Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells.

"Yes, there are clocks in all the cells of your body," explains Fred Turek, a circadian scientist at Northwestern University. "It was a discovery that surprised many of us."
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I've seen this in other research, especially regarding perception and cognition. Charisma, for example, is correlated with speed (frequency) and volume (amplitude) of speech/delivery and the intensity of gestures. Increasingly, research points to how we socially analyze based on timing. 

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Researchers can work out your location based on who you talk to on Twitter (TWTR)

Researchers can work out your location based on who you talk to on Twitter (TWTR) | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
Researchers from Cornell University have worked out how to track Twitter users' locations — even when they have location services disabled.
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Google has developed a technology to tell whether ‘facts’ on the Internet are true

Google has developed a technology to tell whether ‘facts’ on the Internet are true | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
It gives new meaning to the phrase "let me Google that for you."
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Google has developed a technology to tell whether ‘facts’ on the Internet are true

Google has developed a technology to tell whether ‘facts’ on the Internet are true | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Sound waves precisely position nanowires

Sound waves precisely position nanowires | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
"Because the pitch of both the one-dimensional and two-dimensional structures is sensitive to the frequency of the standing surface acoustic wave field, this technique allows for the patterning of nanowires with tunable spacing and density," the researchers report in a recent issue of ACS Nano. The nanowires in solution will settle in place onto the substrate when the solution evaporates, preserving the pattern. The researchers note that the patterned nanowires could then be transferred to organic polymer substrates with good accuracy by placing the polymer onto the top of the nanowires and with slight pressure, transferring the nanowires.
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Home : Statistics for Biologists

Home : Statistics for Biologists | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A collection of articles from the publisher of Nature that discusses statistical issues biologists should be aware of and provides practical advice to improve the statistical rigor of their work.
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Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders - PsyPost

Schizophrenia not a single disease but multiple genetically distinct disorders - PsyPost | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
New research shows that schizophrenia isn’t a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The fi ...
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"The investigators also replicated their findings in two additional DNA databases of people with schizophrenia, an indicator that identifying the gene variations that are working together is a valid avenue to explore for improving diagnosis and treatment." http://www.psypost.org/2014/09/schizophrenia-single-disease-multiple-genetically-distinct-disorders-28177
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FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information

FuturistSpeaker.com – A Study of Future Trends and Predictions by Futurist Thomas Frey » Blog Archive » The Great Cow Epiphany and the Six Immutable Laws of Information | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
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Literally Nothing Will Stick To This New Slippery Surface

Literally Nothing Will Stick To This New Slippery Surface | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
A new generation of materials could radically reduce unwanted stickiness and solve lots of problems. The technology is called SLIPS—or Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces.
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Quadcopter converted into balloon-hunting Laser Drone

Quadcopter converted into balloon-hunting Laser Drone | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
The ability to view real-time video from a quadcopter's onboard camera is certainly a handy feature, but let's be honest – there are probably a lot of people who just think, "Wouldn't be great if I could use this to shoot at stuff?
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Marshall McLuhan's Four Innovation Fundamentals | Big Think Edge | Big Think

Marshall McLuhan's Four Innovation Fundamentals | Big Think Edge | Big Think | Science, Technology, and Current Futurism | Scoop.it
“ Marshall McLuhan, the outlandish visionary of 60s and 70s who predicted the World Wide Web, created a blueprint for innovation in the digital age. ”
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 11, 2013 3:55 AM

Some interesting points to reflect on in this article.

Larchmont Films's comment, July 11, 2013 5:15 AM
He definitely foresaw Twitter with his household "the medium is the message" It's changed the way many people write.
Tracy Mehoke (梅恬溪)'s curator insight, July 22, 2013 5:35 AM

These points from the article are soothing in a way.


1. Innovation has to enhance something

 

2. Innovation needs to destroy something old

 

3. An innovation returns us to something that we feel we’ve lost

 

4. Innovation over time becomes anti-innovation