Thursday, December 11, 2008

Visual long-term memory has a massive storage

Visual long-term memory has a massive storage
capacity for object details
Timothy F. Brady*, Talia Konkle, George A. Alvarez, and Aude Oliva*
Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA 02139
Edited by Dale Purves, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, and approved August 1, 2008 (received for review April 8, 2008)

One of the major lessons of memory research has been that human
memory is fallible, imprecise, and subject to interference. Thus,
although observers can remember thousands of images, it is
widely assumed that these memories lack detail. Contrary to this
assumption, here we show that long-term memory is capable of
storing a massive number of objects with details from the image.


© 2008 by The National Academy of Sciences of the USA



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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Robots learn to move themselves

Researchers in Leipzig have demonstrated software designed for robots that allows them to "learn" to move through trial and error.





SOURCE: BBC NEWS

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Status, free will, the human condition.





Wolfe, who calls himself "the social secretary of neuroscience," often turns to current research to inform his stories and cultural commentary. His 1996 essay, "Sorry, But Your Soul Just Died," raised questions about personal responsibility in the age of genetic predeterminism. Similar concerns led Gazzaniga to found the Law and Neuroscience Project. When Gazzaniga, who just published Human: The Science Behind What Makes Us Unique, was last in New York, Seed incited a discussion: on status, free will, and the human condition.


Source: SeedMagazine.com
Article by: EDIT STAFF

IMAGE COURTESY :'Free Will,' by Joseph M. Thompson (2004)

Monday, April 07, 2008

Island of stability



-This is quite a breakthrough for science,- Said Chemistry, Materials and Life Sciences Associate Director Tomas Diaz de la Rubia. -We’ve discovered a new element that provides insight into the makeup of the universe. For our scientists to find another piece of the puzzle is a testament to the strength and value of the science and technology at this Laboratory.-


“Now that it has been shown that the ‘island of stability’ of superheavy elements exists, it would be interesting to predict the position of other islands,” said Yuri Oganessian, Ph.D., of Russia’s Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna. He is the scientific leader at the Institute’s Flerov Laboratory of Nuclear Reactions.


PHOTO COURTESY:
-LISE MEITNER PRIZE FOR NUCLEAR SCIENCE.-
-www.llnl.gov/str/Diaz.html-

IMAGE CREDITS: Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.-

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Friday, January 18, 2008

Atomic-level dance










After three years of study, researchers at Texas Tech University and the Physics Institute of the University of Freiburg, Germany,

have found that one type of a certain chemical reaction fundamental to cellular biochemistry is actually more complex than originally thought.

ScienceDaily (Jan. 18, 2008)




Dance around the Maypole


Thursday, January 17, 2008

Future directions in computing


On BBC NEWS-Technology:- Six advances that could spell the end of traditional computing .-


The Center for Quantum Computation's Web site:
http://www.qubit.com/



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