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MIT Student Develops Brain-Analyzing Wizard Hat Project

U.S. News

MIT Media Lab student Nataliya Kosmyna says her "Thinking Cap" project is made of noninvasive electrodes that capture a person's brain activity and then uses machine learning to detect what a user is imagining. The Boston Globe reports the electrodes are encased in a wizard hat prop modeled after the Sorting Hat from the popular "Harry Potter" series.


Stanford scientists develop novel brain-sensing technology that allows typing at 12 words per minute

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It does not take an infinite number of monkeys to type a passage of Shakespeare. Instead, it takes a single monkey equipped with brain-sensing technology - and a cheat sheet. That technology, developed by Stanford Bio-X scientists Krishna Shenoy, a professor of electrical engineering at Stanford, and postdoctoral fellow Paul Nuyujukian, directly reads brain signals to drive a cursor moving over a keyboard. In an experiment conducted with monkeys, the animals were able to transcribe passages from the New York Times and Hamlet at a rate of up to 12 words per minute. Earlier versions of the technology have already been tested successfully in people with paralysis, but the typing was slow and imprecise.


Samsung develops 3GPP-compatible Exynos 5100 5G modem

ZDNet

Samsung Electronics has developed a modem for 5G networks that is compatible with standards set by 3GPP, the company has announced. Exynos Modem 5100 is compatible with 3GPP's Release 15, the standard specification for 5G New Radio, or 5G-NR, and supports sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums set by the global standard setting body. The single chip modem is built on a 10-nanometre process and also supports legacy access technologies including 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA, and 4G LTE. The 5G network globally is expected to build on top of existing LTE networks. The South Korean tech giant said that therefore commercial implementation requires a single chip that can connect reliably between networks.


NFL Retirees Help Scientists Develop Early Test for Brain Condition CTE

U.S. News

In prior studies of former American football players, "the number of years of tackle football experience has been associated with the severity of tau deposition" in the brain, the researchers said. But so far, clear evidence of CTE has only been available through examination of brain tissue after death.


Former NASA Chief Develops Brain-Like Chips

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Dan Goldin spent nine years as chief of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, overseeing complex projects like the international space station. Now he's preparing for another challenging launch: a startup that has been working in secret for 10 years on a form of brain-like computing. His San Diego-based company, KnuEdge, has developed an unusual processor chip and related hardware and software, aiming to bring dramatic speed improvements to tough chores like finding patterns in images, sounds and financial...