Hijacked by a fungus: how to create a zombie ant

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Ant infected by Ophiocordyceps fungus. Photo: David Hughes/CC BY

http://almanarastl.org/wp-login.php?action=register Life as a worker ant is hard enough as it is. But carpenter ants foraging for food in the rainforest must deal with an additional threat: a parasitic fungus that takes over their body and controls their every move. Continue reading

Are we really ready to build a human brain in a supercomputer? The boycotting of the Human Brain Project

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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?
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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?

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Transhumanism realised

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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?

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