Archive for October, 2013

Venture capital in quality of life could be a stunning pairing, perhaps as successful as the Genome Project.

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Convergence of ICT and Biology

The convergence between biology and ICT has reached a point at which it can turn tthe goal of understanding the human brain into a reality. It is this realisation that motivates the Human Brain Project – an EU Flagship initiative in which over 80 partners will work together to realise a new \”ICT-accelerated\” vision for brain research and its applications.

One of the major obstacles to understanding the human brain is the fragmentation of brain research and the data it produces. Our most urgent need is thus a concerted international effort that uses emerging emerging ICT technologies to integrate this data in a unified picture of the brain as a single multi-level system.

via Overview – Human Brain Project.

“Fly flight is just a great phenomenon to study,” he said. “It has everything — from the most sophisticated sensory biology; really, really interesting physics; really interesting muscle physiology; really interesting neural computations. Just the entire process that keeps a fly hovering in space or flying through the air — it links to ecology, it links to energetics.”

via Focusing on Fruit Flies, Curiosity Takes Flight – NYTimes.com.

//Life is continually amazing in its beauty, intricacy, and variety for those with perspicacity. lw

That is the conclusion of a study published Thursday in the journal Science. It found that after reading literary fiction, as opposed to popular fiction or serious nonfiction, people performed better on tests measuring empathy, social perception and emotional intelligence — skills that come in especially handy when you are trying to read someone’s body language or gauge what they might be thinking.

via For Better Social Skills, Scientists Recommend a Little Chekhov – NYTimes.com.

Alec Baldwin, Joel and Ethan Coen, film composer Carter Burwell, and neuroscientist Aniruddh Patel explore the uniquely powerful role of music in shaping the narrative flow and the emotional impact of film. From Stanley Kubrick’s classic 2001: A Space Odyssey to the Coen Brothers’ Miller’s Crossing and True Grit, this program examines the creative process of scoring feature films and the neuro-scientific insights that reveal how such compositions profoundly shape the audience experience.

via Art of the Score: The Mind, Music, and Moving Images | World Science Festival Webcast.