Animal minds Neuroscience News

Monkeys use thoughts to drive wheelchairs

From Neuroscience News: Monkeys Drive Wheelchairs Using Only Their Thoughts Neuroscientists at Duke Health have developed a brain-machine interface (BMI) that allows primates to use only their thoughts to navigate a robotic wheelchair. The BMI uses signals from hundreds of neurons recorded simultaneously in two regions of the monkeys’ brains that are involved in movement Read More…

Cambrian explosion Neuroscience News stasis

520 mya nervous system much like today’s systems

Except for losses. From Discovery: A fossil of a 520-million-year-old animal is so well preserved that its individual nerve fibers are still visible, according to a new study on the crustacean-like creature that once lived in southern China. The fossil represents the oldest and most detailed central nervous system ever found, reports the study, which Read More…

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Rabbi Jonathan Sacks wins Templeton

From Templeton: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth who has spent decades bringing spiritual insight to the public conversation through mass media, popular lectures and more than two dozen books, has been awarded the 2016 Templeton Prize. … He also boldly defends the compatibility of Read More…

Cell biology News Origin Of Life

Sean Pitman on evolution of mitochondria

From Detecting Design: Now, it is true that mitochondrial organelles are quite unique and very interesting. Unlike any other organelle, except for chloroplasts, mitochondria appear to originate only from other mitochondria. They contain some of their own DNA, which is usually, but not always, circular – like circular bacterial DNA (there are also many organisms Read More…

Cosmology Multiverse News

Peter Woit vs. Sean Carroll on bending rules

Multiverse skeptic and mathematician Peter Woit vs. multiverse activistSean Carroll on bending the rules to get the multiverse accepted without conventional evidence: From Not Even Wrong: Beyond Experiment: Why the scientific method may be old hat This week’s New Scientist has an article by Jim Baggott and Daniel Cossins entitled Beyond Experiment: Why the scientific Read More…