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  • They took a brain of an older mouse & reactivated the neuroplasticity found only in brains of younger mice by transplanting a unique type of embryonic neuron
  • They were also able to restore vision in blind mice suffering from amblyopia, also by transplating the neurons
  • Breakthrough opens insights for brain disorders like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, etc.
  • Thync has created a wearable device that uses electrical waveforms targeted to specific neural pathways
  • A 14-minute session using Thync resulted in significant stress reduction, with 97% of subjects stating the effects induced relaxation
  • This was a breakthrough that showed one of the body's primary biochemical responses to acute stress can be suppressed
  • Another avenue for human evolution is harnassing the brain's innate capabilities for novel functions, called "nature harnassing" or "neuronal recycling"
  • To get a human brain to do a task it's not evolved to do, the neuronal recycling strategy is to twist the task into something the brain already knows how to do
  • Metal wires or silicon electrodes conventionally used to study neurons have advanced to a probe that carries light wile collecting and transmitting electricity
  • The probe's multifunctional fibers offer new ways to study animal behavior, which can aid development of new types of medical technology for conditions like paralysis
  • Researchers develop ERWIN (emotion robot with intelligent network) as a potential companion robots for humans
  • Robot could serve as a companion to the elderly or children with autism, using one of five basic emotions
  • “Introducing cognitive biases in a robot’s characteristics makes the robot imperfect by nature, but also more human-like,” said researcher Mriganka Biswas
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