The Effects of Music on the Brain 

It has been shown that both listening to and studying music have a positive impact on our brains, especially for students. We cannot imagine our lives without music. We are exposed to lullabies and nursery rhymes from the time we were very little.  The songs that were played on the radio when we were kids…

Scientists urge Government to back brain-computer technology

Britain’s leading scientists are calling on the Government to get ahead of other countries in ensuring ethical risks of using brain-computer technology are properly understood, along with suitable regulations. The Royal Society says a national investigation should be launched into neural interface technologies, which are devices placed on the outside or inside of the brain…

Scientists develop "Sex Chip" to stimulate pleasure in the brain


Technology previously used to treat Parkinson’s Disease has been directed elsewhere. Scientists claim to have developed a chip that can be implanted into the brain and used to deliver “feelings of pleasure”.

The target of the chip is the Orbitofrontal Cortex. Just behind the eyes, it’s the bit of your noggin that’s associated with pleasure derived from food and sex. The implementation is still a bit clunky at the moment – you have to run a wire from the chip in the brain to a heart pacemaker, which I imagine isn’t too comfortable. Neurosurgery professor Tipu Aziz, said:

“There is evidence that this chip will work. A few years ago a scientist implanted such a device into the brain of a woman with a low sex drive and turned her into a very sexually active woman. She didn’t like the sudden change, so the wiring in her head was removed.”

(via the Telegraph)

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MONKEY uses its BRAIN to control a ROBOTIC ARM

More news from the world of mad scientists PLAYING GOD – this time they’ve managed to thoroughly confuse a poor monkey by hooking its brain up to robotic arm.

The serious research angle behind the monkey/robot/brain fun is something to do with it eventually being used to help humans control prosthetic limbs. So far, the boffins at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have managed to teach a monkey to pick up a marshmallow and put it in its mouth. Here is the dramatic moment in pictures:


This development in marshmallow consumption alone…

Robots to take over the world! Or, perhaps, just help you solve The Times' crossword

brain_microchip_god.gifRelax! Intelligent robots and computers aren’t going to take over the human race ((at least, I don’t think so), but they are likely to get a lot more advanced, and could well end up providing a built-in intelligence boost for us mere mortals.

According to Ray Kurzweil — one of 18 influential thinkers chosen by the US National Academy of Engineering to identify the great technological challenges facing humanity in the 21st century — by the year 2029, machines will have artificial intelligence as advanced as humans.

(Or the year 2016 to match Sun readers. Ouch! Kidding!)