Scientists May Have Found a Key Shift Between The Brains of Humans And Neanderthals

Scientists May Have Found a Key Shift Between The Brains of Humans And Neanderthals

Scientists experimenting on mice have found evidence that key parts of the modern human brain take more time to develop than those of our long extinct cousin, the Neanderthal. Like the hare and the tortoise, slow and steady is the winner here. The extra time is caused by protein differences that also appear to reduce … Read more

Scientists Have Created an AI That Can Think Like a Human Baby

Scientists Have Created an AI That Can Think Like a Human Baby

Artificial intelligence (AI) systems are already way ahead of us in certain areas – playing Go, for example, or crunching huge sets of data – but in other aspects AI is still a long way behind human beings, even just a few months after we ‘reborn. For example, even young babies instinctively know that one … Read more

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

There’s a Surprising Similarity Between The Brains of Humans And Octopuses

Scientists have already established that octopuses are smarter than your average invertebrate, but a new discovery suggests one of the reasons why: a specific molecular analogy with the human brain. Both the human genome and the octopus genome contain a high number of ‘jumping genes’ or transposons, which are able to duplicate themselves or move … Read more

Perseverance Now Selects its Own Targets to Zap

Perseverance Now Selects its Own Targets to Zap

Perseverance has continued into Hawksbill Gap, making remote sensing observations of small portions of outcropping rock layers in search of a good place to collect a sample. Since Perseverance is in the Shenandoah quadrangle, we are using target names from Shenandoah National Park. Some of the names this past week included “Bald_Face_Mountain,” “Little_Devil_Stairs,” “Sunset_Hill,” “Luck_Hollow,” … Read more

NASA Beamed a Doctor to The ISS in a World-First ‘Holoportation’ Achievement

NASA Beamed a Doctor to The ISS in a World-First ‘Holoportation’ Achievement

There’s never been a house call quite like this. In a first for telepresence communication, a NASA flight surgeon was ‘holoported’ to the International Space Station (ISS), appearing and conversing as a virtual presence in real time, hundreds of miles above the surface of Earth. If it sounds like star trek, you’re not too far … Read more

There’s a Massive Hidden Factor in The Evolution of Humans Over 2 Million Years

There’s a Massive Hidden Factor in The Evolution of Humans Over 2 Million Years

The course of human evolution over the last 2 million years was shaped by habitation shifts linked to astronomically driven climate change, scientists suggest in a new study. Using an unprecedented supercomputer simulation of Earth’s climate as it transitioned through climatic shifts over the course of the Pleistocene epoch, researchers found that changes in variables … Read more