Despite metamorphosis, moths hold on to memories from their caterpillar days

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Metamorphosis has fascinated biologists for years.  A butterfly may look drastically different from its former worm-like caterpillar self, but we now know that its appearance and memories are tremendously influenced by caterpillar experiences. 

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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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