Don’t kill humans. Reuters reports that autonomous-car software must be “programmed to avoid injury or death of people at all cost.” It overcomes any further questions about whether one life is more important than another by adding that vehicles must be blind to the age, gender, or physical condition of people involved in any accident

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Our brains seem better at predictions than we are. A part of our brain becomes active when it knows something will be successfully crowdfunded, even if we consciously decide otherwise. If this finding stands up and works in other areas of life, neuroforecasting may lead to better voting polls or even predict changes in financial markets

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August 21, 2017

How injecting a virus into the brain could wipe your memory

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A placebo-controlled study suggesting that cognition-enhancing drugs (CEs) can improve a chess player’s performance and a related survey indicating that nearly 10% of ranked German chess players have taken them during competition have thrown the spotlight once again on “smart pills,” their purported benefits, and uncharted dangers

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Hub aims to make industrial-scale high-resolution brain mapping a standard tool for neuroscience

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Old animals injected with the hormone component klotho learn and remember better

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The discovery of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in 1991, which permits non-invasive imaging of brain function, and the wide availability of scanners for research starting in about 2000 fueled claims that what we would learn about the brain and behavior would transform and perhaps revolutionize criminal law

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Companies want to replace addictive painkillers and help people detox from opioids

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