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Computers have a lot to learn from the human brain, engineers say

Computers have a lot to learn from the human brain, engineers say

The year that the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) first formed (as the American Institute of Electrical Engineers or AIEE), Chester Arthur was in the White House, the Oxford English Dictionary published its first edition, and construction began on the Statue of Liberty on what was then known as Bedloe's Island in New York Harbor.

March 10, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Do weather changes cause headaches?

Do weather changes cause headaches?

Suffer from headaches?  It could be the weather, according to a new study.

"There are a lot of potential triggers of headache.

March 10, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
Do optimists live longer?

Do optimists live longer?

A perennial grump? Always see the glass as half empty instead of half full? Might want to brighten up a bit – if, that is, you'd like to live longer.

March 6, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne
"Bionic" eye restores vision after three decades of darkness

"Bionic" eye restores vision after three decades of darkness

When vision fails, it's often the result of damage to the eye caused by an injury or degenerative disease. In an attempt to restore such vision loss, researchers for more than a decade have been working to develop an optical prosthetic that can restore sight by delivering images directly to the brain.

March 4, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier
Found: Oldest fossilized brain ever is uncovered in Kansas

Found: Oldest fossilized brain ever is uncovered in Kansas

A 300 million-year-old fossilized fish brain was discovered during a routine computed tomography (CT) scan, according to a study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

March 2, 2009 — Katherine Harmon
The body politic: Can we tell from pols' faces if they're competent?

The body politic: Can we tell from pols' faces if they're competent?

We really do judge a book by its cover—and, it seems, the competence of politicians by their faces. What's more, adults and kids see the same competence—or, as the case may be, ineptitude—in a person's visage, which helps explain why children can accurately predict presidential elections, according to new research published today in Science .

February 26, 2009 — Jordan Lite
Fetal stem cells cause tumor in a teenage boy

Fetal stem cells cause tumor in a teenage boy

In May 2001, Israeli parents of a nine-year old boy with a crippling disease that left him wheelchair-bound took their child to see doctors in Moscow.

February 19, 2009 — Coco Ballantyne

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