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Military robot dog cannot be knocked down

Military robot dog cannot be knocked down

A kaleidoscope of emotions unfolds as I watch this video of BigDog, the four-legged pack robot. According to Boston Dynamics, the robotics company that's been developing the system since 2006, BigDog clocks in at four miles-per-hour, carries a load of 340 pounds and can scale a 35-degree incline.

March 21, 2008 — JR Minkel
The Reading Brain

The Reading Brain

_____________________ Routes to Reading Maryanne Wolf, Mirit Barzillai, and Elizabeth Norton
Tufts University Reading changed the course of intellectual development in our species.

March 18, 2008 — Mind Matters
Autism, the Cingulate and Social Interactions

Autism, the Cingulate and Social Interactions

_____________________ The Neural Substrate of Trust and Reputation Management Chris and Uta Frith
University College London When Leo Kanner first diagnosed a group of 11 children as autistic in 1943, he described the syndrome as one of "extreme aloneness." ("Aut" is greek for "self," and autism translates as "the state of being unto one's self.") The syndrome afflicts 1 in every 160 individuals, and it leaves them emotionally isolated, incapable of engaging in many of the social interactions that most of us take for granted.

March 11, 2008 — Mind Matters
Thinking With the Body

Thinking With the Body

_____________________ Emodied Cognition Art Glenberg
Arizona State University It has become commonplace in neuroscience - and even in everyday conversation - to compare human cognition to that of computers.

March 3, 2008 — Mind Matters
Are Chimps More Rational than Humans?

Are Chimps More Rational than Humans?

Before we get to this week's post, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jonah Lehrer and I'm the new editor/curator of Mind Matters, taking over from David Dobbs, who did such a wonderful job developing this site and getting it off the ground.

February 26, 2008 — Mind Matters
The Stress of Poverty Changes the Brain

The Stress of Poverty Changes the Brain

_____________________ A Neural Correlate for Social Class Mauricio Delgado
Rutgers University Membership in a high social class is thought to contribute to good mental well-being and physical health.

February 19, 2008 — Mind Matters

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