CBR: Google’s AI Team Open-Sources Brain Mapping Visualisation Technology

CBR: Google’s AI Team Open-Sources Brain Mapping Visualisation Technology. “Google’s research team have open-sourced a new visualisation technology that allows researchers to view petabyte-scale 3D models of brains in a web browser. The Neuroglancer project, available on Github, enables neurologists to build 3D models of a brain’s neural pathways in interactive visualisations.”

EurekAlert: These trippy images were designed by AI to super-stimulate monkey neurons

EurekAlert: These trippy images were designed by AI to super-stimulate monkey neurons. Sounds like Facebook. “To find out which sights specific neurons in monkeys ‘like’ best, researchers designed an algorithm, called XDREAM, that generated images that made neurons fire more than any natural images the researchers tested. As the images evolved, they started to look like distorted versions of real-world stimuli. The work appears May 2 in the journal Cell.”

Ubergizmo: Study Finds Screen Time Physically Changes The Brain Structure In Kids

Ubergizmo: Study Finds Screen Time Physically Changes The Brain Structure In Kids. “In an ongoing study funded by the National Institutes of Health (via Bloomberg), it has been found that too much screen time can actually physically alter the brain structure in kids. The study found that in the first batch of brain scans of 4,500 9-10 year olds, those who spent more than 7 hours a day in front of a screen showed premature thinning of the brain cortex, which is the outermost layer that helps to process information from the physical world.”

EurekAlert: Blue Brain Project releases first-ever digital 3D brain cell atlas

EurekAlert: Blue Brain Project releases first-ever digital 3D brain cell atlas . “The first digital 3D atlas of every cell in the mouse brain provides neuroscientists with previously unavailable information on major cell types, numbers and positions in all 737 brain regions — which will potentially accelerate progress in brain science massively.”

VentureBeat: Google researchers create AI that maps the brain’s neurons

VentureBeat: Google researchers create AI that maps the brain’s neurons. “Mapping the structure of biological networks in the nervous system — a field of study known as connectomics — is computationally intensive. The human brain contains around 86 billion neurons networked through 100 trillion synapses, and imaging a single cubic millimeter of tissue can generate more than 1,000 terabytes of data. Luckily, artificial intelligence can help.”

Health Europa: Neurodegenerative disease research funding up by a third since 2011

Health Europa: Neurodegenerative disease research funding up by a third since 2011. “Global neurodegenerative disease research funding has seen a substantial improvement, with funding being up by a third since 2011, according to a new survey. As of today (17 July), funders and researchers are able to access a database that contains survey information from across three-decades worth of global neurodegenerative disease research funding.”

UC San Diego: Scientists Construct Google-Earth-like Atlas of the Human Brain

UC San Diego: Scientists Construct Google-Earth-like Atlas of the Human Brain. “The researchers said their ultimate goal is to construct an online surface-based atlas containing layered maps of multiple modalities that can be used as a guide map to understand the topological organization, functions, and disorders of the human brain. This online atlas will be constructed for searching and browsing brain areas and functions, they said, include interactive multi-layer features similar to ‘Google Earth.'”