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Introductory Psychology 100
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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Posted by ScuttleMonkey

on Sunday July 23, @01:05PM
from the ubiquitous-search dept.

With the recent release of a modified version of their search engine, Google is receiving praise from many different groups. The new Google Accessible Search was released as a Google labs project which prioritize pages based on their likelihood of being accessible to visually impaired users after the original search results are returned. From the article: "The best-known guidelines for building an accessible site are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) from W3C. But these are not the basis of Google's new service. Raman said: 'We don't test against WCAG. We think in the spirit of those guidelines, but we don't test against them verbatim.' Instead he endeavored to identify 'what works for the end-user,' describing a process of 'experimentation, training and machine learning.'"

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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

News: Snooze or Lose: Memory Retention Enhanced by Sleep [Scientific American]
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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Detecting prejudice in the brain.

Three Florida teenagers recently pleaded not guilty to the brutal beatings and in one case, death, of homeless men. One of the beatings was caught on surveillance video and in a most chilling way illustrates how people can degrade socially outcast individuals, enough to engage in mockery, physical abuse, and even murder. According to new research, the brain processes social outsiders as less than human; brain imaging provides accurate depictions of this prejudice at an unconscious level.

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Ultrasound may help regrow teeth.

Hockey players, rejoice! A team of University of Alberta researchers has created technology to regrow teeth--the first time scientists have been able to reform human dental tissue. Using low-intensity pulsed ultrasound (LIPUS), Dr. Tarak El-Bialy from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry and Dr. Jie Chen and Dr. Ying Tsui from the Faculty of Engineering have created a miniaturized system-on-a-chip that offers a non-invasive and novel way to stimulate jaw growth and dental tissue healing.

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Game Theory: Addictive as Chips, but Less Fattening. Heroes of Might and Magic V is not the best game ever made, but once you start playing, it becomes almost impossible to stop. By CHARLES HEROLD. [NYT > Technology]
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Gaming to Save the World. The recent Games for Change Conference was covered on NPR, featuring interviews with the developers of games such as Darfur is Dying and Peacemaker. The premise of these games is that to reach the Net Generation with socially progressive ideas, you need to engage them with their favorite interactive media. Since one of the familiar objectives in many of our campus' strategic plans is to develop the next generation of leaders, and to ensure that our graduates participate effectively in the political process, these new models of developing thoughtful and yet engaging game environments to teach progressive values seem worth paying attention to, both for the lessons they teach, and more generally as models of platforms for thinking about future educational environments. [Academic Commons -]
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ACLU Files for Info on New Brain-Scan Tech.

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Semiconductor Brain: Nerve Tissue Interfaced With A Computer Chip: Nerve tissue interfaced with a computer chip. Scientists at the Max-Planck Institute for Biochemistry have developed a "revolutionary non-invasive technique" that enables them to record neural communication between thousands of nerve cells in the tissue of a brain slice with high spatial resolut... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Be careful with this brave new world. Where do we draw the line between eradicating genetic disease and enhancing a child?

In his new book, After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning, Ian Wilmut considers the moral and ethical implications that the cloning of Dolly the sheep ... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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A Dose Of Genius. The use of "smart pills" that increase concentration, focus, wakefulness and short-term memory is soaring. ... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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A Sixth Sense for a Wired World. What if, seconds before your laptop began stalling, you could feel the hard drive spin up under the load? Or you could tell if an electrical cord was live before you touched it?

For the few people who have rare earth magnets implanted in their fi... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News] suggest a new role for piercing using extra sensory sensors -- BL

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Cancer Rewind?. Using an experimental anti-cancer drug called flavopiridol, scientists were able to actually rewind the process of cell division. Cells that had already split in two could recombine and re-form a single nucleus.... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Brain can be made to self-repair. Triggering stem-cell growth could help the brain recover after a stroke.... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Therapy beats drugs for insomina.

Patients with insomnia who implemented cognitive behavioral therapy interventions such as relaxation techniques had greater improvement in their sleep than patients who received the sleep medication zopiclone, according to a study in the June 28 issue of JAMA.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Building a better brain.

With flashy toys, expensive classes and music compilations all promising to make your child smarter, it's hard to sort out the best way to help your child's brain thrive. A new policy paper helps put those worries to rest. The gist of the paper is this: what kids need is a secure relationship with adults who adore them.

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Womb environment 'makes men gay'. A man's sexual orientation may be determined by conditions in the womb, according to a study. [BBC News | Science/Nature | UK Edition]
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Monday, June 26, 2006

Virtue regretted more than vice.

The older we get, the more we regret not having more fun, says new study in the September issue of the Journal of Consumer Research. Researchers from Columbia University show that choosing work over play leads to regrets about having missed out on the pleasures of life. Over time, these regrets intensify, while guilt about indulging tends to fade.

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Coming soon -- mind-reading computers. An "emotionally aware" computer being developed by University of Cambridge and MIT scientists will be able to read an individual's thoughts by analyzing a combination of facial movements that represent underlying feelings.

Applications could inclu... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Sunday, June 25, 2006

Gaze detector lets you hear with your eyes. NTT DoCoMo has developed a wearable headphone gaze detector.

You could record daily goings-on, "bookmark" important events, and train the cameras to feed you information about y... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Reprogramming Biology. We are developing the tools to reprogram the processes involved in disease and aging, says Ray Kurzweil in his article, "Reprogramming Biology," in the July 2006 Scientific American and available free in an extended Web version.

Now that biology i... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Stem cells regrow damaged nerves in rats: study. Stem cells taken from mouse embryos have helped paralyzed rats regrow some of their nerve cells and use their hind legs, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine researchers said.

The study was the best evidence so far that controversial embryo... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Reading 'to go' for blind people. The K-NFB, the latest product to be developed by inventor Ray Kurzweil, is a portable scanning device that reads text to visually impaired people.

It will help with ad-hoc reading of documents such as bills and receipts, instructions on food pack... [KurzweilAI.net Accelerating Intelligence News]
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Immaturity Level Rising in Adults.

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Axons and dendrites carry electrical signals between neurons. The electrical activity of the neural network can easily be measured because carbon nanotubes conduct electricity and so can function as electrodes.
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