BBC NEWS – A detailed, functional artificial human brain can be built within the next 10 years, a leading scientist has claimed.
Henry Markram, director of the Blue Brain Project, has already simulated elements of a rat brain. [Read article]
ScienceDaily (July 25, 2009) “” In a study released online on July 22 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences, researchers at Arizona State University and Princeton University show that ants can accomplish a task more rationally than our ““ multimodal, egg-headed, tool-using, bipedal, opposing-thumbed ““ selves.
This is not the case of humans being “stupider” than ants. Humans and animals simply often make irrational choices when faced with very challenging decisions, note the study’s architects Stephen Pratt and Susan Edwards. [Read Article]
“It coudn’t be called ungentle, but how thoroughly departmental.”
Quote from poem called ‘Departmental’ by Robert Frost
Daily Telegraph -Â The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) estimated agriculture could lose crops worth Â£200 million if bees continue to decline.Â In a damning report the powerful committee said the Government had not done enough to address the problem. Only half ofÂ beekeepersÂ are registered for regular inspection and funding for honey bees is being “diluted” because the money has to be shared with research into other insects. Read Article