The centrepiece of European neuroscience, the Human Brain Project, promised to build a simulation of a human brain in a supercomputer within the next 10 years. The project is now being boycotted by Europe’s top neuroscientists due to its grandiose claims and internal mismanagement. Is this ambitious goal really feasible or is neuroscience just not there yet?
Doctors have recently come under fire for prescribing the herbal remedy St John’s wort alongside other drugs, which could result in harmful effects. We clearly need to be more aware of these adverse interactions, but St John’s wort could still be a useful treatment for depression.
According to the ever-changing dietary guidelines of the campaign against obesity, fat is back in, but sugar is now out. Does the science behind this shift have any merit?
Brain computer interfaces have sparked tremendous interest in the field of neuroscience: we are at a stage where monkeys can control robots and people can answer emails simply with their thoughts. But revolutionary systems like these are criticised for their seeming lack of ethical consideration. Are these criticisms entirely justified?
Seeing is believing. Or is it? We feel that we see the world as it truly is, but in reality, what we see is merely an illusion created by our brains.
It’s clear that more studies are needed to determine how modern technologies are affecting our brains. But what sort of research questions should we be asking?
The next revolutionary gaming app? Maybe someday. But to the emerald wasp, this grisly battle is a routine part of its everyday life.