The BRAIN Initiative is launching with approximately $100 million in funding for research supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
Dr. Francis Collins, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, highlights the BRAIN Initiative. The BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) initiative is a new proposal by President Obama for a new, bold research effort to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind and advance the President’s vision for creating jobs and building a thriving middle class by investing in research and development.
President Obamas Push for Mapping Human Brain Activity.
“The president proposed an initial $100 million investment next year — called the BRAIN Initiative for Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies — is “to revolutionize our understanding of the human mind”
Moore’s law is a rule of thumb in the history of computing hardware whereby the number of transistors that can be placed inexpensively on an integrated circuit doubles approximately every two years.
IBM Research – Almaden physicist Andreas Heinrich explains the industry-wide need to examine the future of storage at the atomic scale and how he and his teammates started with 1 atom and a scanning tunneling microscope and eventually succeeded in storing one bit of magnetic information reliably in 12 atoms.
Revolutionary Technology of Telomerase Activation for Anti-Aging
Moving America Forward’s Doug Llewelyn interviews Dr. Ed Park about the revolutionary technology of Telomerase Activation, which was the subject of the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2009. What a fascinating show on anti-aging. No wonder Shatner looks so good at 80.
TA-65 = Powerful Telomerase Activator In 2001, a world-class biotech company named Geron made a landmark discovery. The scientists at Geron Corporation discovered TA-65®, a proprietary, single molecule purified from Astragalus Botanical Roots that causes Telomerase Activation (TA). Astragalus has been used for centuries as a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Its usage dates back to the late Han Dynasty (206 BC) when it was considered a “heaven class” herb due to its anti-aging properties associated with an extended life span. Like Ascorbic Acid (aka Vitamin C,) which occurs in many edible plants, TA-65 is considered a Nutraceutical. TA-65® is NOT the same Astragalus extract products commonly found in herbal and vitamin shops. There is no ongoing monitoring of people taking them so we don’t know what the results may be.
The NIH Human Connectome Project is an ambitious effort to map the neural pathways that underlie human brain function. The overarching purpose of the Project is to acquire and share data about the structural and functional connectivity of the human brain. It will greatly advance the capabilities for imaging and analyzing brain connections, resulting in improved sensitivity, resolution, and utility, thereby accelerating progress in the emerging field of human connectomics.
Altogether, the Human Connectome Project will lead to major advances in our understanding of what makes us uniquely human and will set the stage for future studies of abnormal brain circuits in many neurological and psychiatric disorders.
HARDI (high angular resolution diffusion imaging) tracks: Information transfer between left and right hemispheres. Visualization by Paul Thompson, PhD
HARDI (high-angular resolution diffusion imaging), Coronal view. The tensor can be visualized as an ellipsoid in 3D space, showing fluid mappings and brain connectivity. Visualization by David Shattuck, PhD
But the human brain contains billions upon billions of neurons, and a lot of its processes are poorly understood. There’s an argument that as we build a brain, we’ll learn more and more about it, increasing our rate of understanding exponentially year after year. But there’s still so much we don’t know that it’s difficult to be optimistic that even the geniuses (we’ll resist the temptation to call them brainiacs) at Blue Brain can grow their synthetic brain that quickly.” Source>>>>
“You can’t stay in love with yourself or anyone else if you do not continue to evolve and transform intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually.” Source: Psychology Today>>>
Anthropologist Helen Fisher takes on a tricky topic — love – and explains its evolution, its biochemical foundations and its social importance. She closes with a warning about the potential disaster inherent in antidepressant abuse.
“They say “romantic love” was invented by the troubadors of the Middle Ages. They also say it doesn’t last. But Rutgers University anthropologist Helen Fisher and colleagues reported today that functional brain imaging studies show that being “in love” transcends both culture and time.” Read More>>>>
This post is in honor of my loving wife and soul mate as we celebrate our anniversary and our loving family. Doubt thou the stars are fire; doubt that the sun doth move; doubt truth to be a liar; but never doubt I love you. I love thee, I love but thee with a love that shall not die. Till the sun grows cold and the stars grow old.
- William Shakespeare
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