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Brain Science Makes Headway

Sep 30, 2014 |

Brain modeling projects on both sides of the Atlantic are taking off, according to the projects’ leaders. The European Commission-led Human Brain Project (HBP) is on track as it reaches its first anniversary. Criticized by many in the neuroscience community for being overly ambitious, the $1.6 billion project has nevertheless expanded to 112 partners in 24 Read more…

Human Brain Project Draws Sharp Criticism

Jul 7, 2014 |

More than 250 neuroscientists have issued an open letter calling for the European Union to reconsider the direction of the Human Brain Project (HBP), the ambitious brain-mapping project that launched last year under the direction of Henry Markram, a neuroscientist at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland. The European Commission (EC) saw fit to fund the Read more…

US Brain Initiative Seeks $4.5 Billion

Jun 11, 2014 |

Additional details have come to light on the brain research initiative, announced last year by President Obama. A working group of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a ten-year plan – Brain 2025: A Scientific Vision – for the agency’s portion of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative. The plan’s recommended budget Read more…

Supercomputer Models Human Brain Activity

Jan 15, 2014 |

One of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Japan’s K computer, has for the first time successfully modeled human brain activity. Clocking in at over 10 petaflops, the K computer is the world’s fourth fastest. Yet even with 705,024 processor cores and 1.4 million GB of RAM, a single second’s worth of neural activity took Read more…

CUDA-Designed Robot: It’s a Hit!

Apr 30, 2013 |

Japanese project marries brain research and robotics for big-time implications.

Researchers Induce Virtual Schizophrenia

May 5, 2011 |

Researchers have replicated the language processing end of a mental illness using neural network simulations.