Cortical spheroids (like mini-brains) could unlock (larger) brain’s mysteries

A March 19, 2021 Northwestern University news release on EurekAlert announces the creation of a device designed to monitor brain organoids (for anyone unfamiliar with brain organoids there’s more information after the news), A team of scientists, led by researchers at Northwestern University, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), has developed novel technology promising to increase understanding of how brains develop, and offer answers on repairing brains in the wake…

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Deus Ex, a video game developer, his art, and reality

The topics of human enhancement and human augmentation have been featured here a number of times from a number of vantage points, including that of a video game seires with some thoughtful story lines known under the Deus Ex banner. (My August 18, 2011 posting, . August 30, 2011 posting, and Sept. 1, 2016 posting are three, which mention Deus Ex in the title but there may be others where the game is noted in…

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Deus Ex, a video game developer, his art, and reality

The topics of human enhancement and human augmentation have been featured here a number of times from a number of vantage points, including that of a video game seires with some thoughtful story lines known under the Deus Ex banner. (My August 18, 2011 posting, . August 30, 2011 posting, and Sept. 1, 2016 posting are three, which mention Deus Ex in the title but there may be others where the game is noted in…

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Metals useful in photonics?

Researchers at the University of Ottawa have debunked a myth, one involving metals and light according to a March 1i, 2021 news item on phys.org (Note: Links have been removed), Researchers at the University of Ottawa have debunked the decade-old myth of metals being useless in photonics—the science and technology of light—with their findings, recently published in Nature Communications, expected to lead to many applications in the field of nanophotonics.“We broke the record for the…

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Fish DJ makes discoveries about fish hearing

A March 2, 2021 University of Queensland press release (also on EurekAlert) announces research into how fish brains develop and how baby fish hear, A DJ-turned-researcher at The University of Queensland has used her knowledge of cool beats to understand brain networks and hearing in baby fishThe ‘Fish DJ’ used her acoustic experience to design a speaker system for zebrafish larvae and discovered that their hearing is considerably better than originally thought. This video clip…

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Video storytelling workshops presented by the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST)

There are two upcoming ‘Story Telling Through Video: Elevate Your Online Presence’ workshops, part one on June 8, 2021 (Tuesday) and part two on June 11, 2021 (Friday). Here’s more about what each online session will cover and how much it will cost. Session 1, Learn how to create videos to structure and present the message you want to convey to promote your business, portfolio or campaignSince 1981, SCWIST has made great strides in promoting…

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Welcome Summer Co-op Students

This summer I’m happy to announce that four new co-op students have joined our lab. Welcome to Brandon, Henry, Khushi, and Ian. Henry and Ian are joining the lab as part of #TeamSquirrel – an interdisciplinary team of researchers developing web and mobile tools to support citizen science and investigate its use in supporting experientialContinue reading "Welcome Summer Co-op Students"

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InterAction; 2021 congress (congrès) and Science Writers & Communicators of Canada (SWCC) 2021 conference

I’m a little late to the congrès (May 27 -29, 2021) but they’re still taking registrations. Of course, you will need some French language skills. InterAction It might be worth testing those French language skills, as the organizers (L’Association des communicateurs scientifiques du Québec [ACS]) have arranged a fairly lively programme (PDF), JEUDI 27 MAI 13 h 00 à 13 h 30 – Kiosques13 h 30 à 13 h 45 – Plénière Allocutions d’ouverture du…

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A standard for determining what it means to be graphene

How do you know if your ‘graphene’ light bulb has any graphene in it? How do you know if your orange juice is 100% orange juice? The answer to those questions is that you don’t. So, you must hope there are standards and regulations governing the answers. You must also hope that there are incentives (fines and/or jail time) for obeying those regulations. In a March 15, 2021 news item on Nanowerk, you’ll find an…

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Memristor artificial neural network learning based on phase-change memory (PCM)

Caption: Professor Hongsik Jeong and his research team in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at UNIST. Credit: UNIST I’m pretty sure that Professor Hongsik Jeong is the one on the right. He seems more relaxed, like he’s accustomed to posing for pictures highlighting his work. Now on to the latest memristor news, which features the number 8. For anyone unfamiliar with the term memristor, it’s a device (of sorts) which scientists, involved in…

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