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TRANSFORMING THE HUMAN BRAIN THROUGH MUSIC

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  Learning to play a musical instrument impacts on other abilities, including speech perception, understanding emotions in the voice, and handling multiple tasks simultaneously. TESA  Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts FINDING  This is a new area of scientific study and focuses on the benefits of music in the lives of children in education.  The findings are helping researchers identify the underlying mechanism […]

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THE DOCTOR IS IN — Virtual humans help us be more honest

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  Some first research exploring how people are more honest and less embarrassed when sharing very personal details with a virtual Human than they are with the real thing. There is the promise of help for people struggling with serious mental anguish, including post-traumatic stress.  TESA  Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts FINDING  
Research carried out by the University of Southern […]

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The World’s First Affectionate Robot

  Technology, Entrepreneurship, Society, Art FINDING On June 5, 2014 Softbank Chairman and CEO, Masayoshi Son, introduced the first affectionate robot to the world. Built in partnership with Aldebaran Robotics SAS, “Pepper’s” human like qualities are driven by an “emotional engine” and a cloud-based AI. It is Softbank’s intention to install affectionate robots in several […]

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New subatomic particle, the “tetraquark,” constitutes an entirely new form of matter

TESA: Technology, Entrepreneurship, Society, Arts FINDING: Once again, there is much more going on in the universe than we thought we knew. Quarks combine in twos and threes to create protons and neutrons, which were formerly believed to be the basic building blocks of all matter. Confirming the existence of four-quark atomic particles opens the […]

Keplar-186f. The first discovered earth-size planet

The Universes and The Earths

TOPIC:  Earth meet your cousin, Keplar-186f. FINDING:  Finally, using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope, astronomers have discovered the first Earth-sized planet, Keplar-186f, in the Golidlocks zone, the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet. The discovery of Kepler-186f confirms that planets the size of Earth […]

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WILL AI GET A STANDING OVATION AT TED?

Technology, Entrepreneurship, Society, Art FINDING Peter Diamandis and TED’s Chris Anderson have announced an amazing XPrize to move Artificial Intelligence forward.  The challenge: “Can an A.I. give a TED talk so powerful and compelling that it commands a standing ovation?” IMPLICATIONS In the last four years, IBM’s Watson and Google’s Deep Learning have pushed forward […]

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Using nanoparticles to harness the energy of plants

TESA: Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts FINDING: How plants might become street lights. Researchers take the first step towards harnessing the energy of plants by inserting “nanoparticles into plants to enhance or deliver non-native properties” using the nanobionic techniques of “vascular infusion” and “lipid exchange envelope penetration” or LEEP. Using these techniques can turn plants into potential chemical sensors, […]

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Do You Have 2, 3, or 4 Parents?

TESA: Technology/Entrepreneurship/Society/Arts FINDING: Scientists are seeking FDA approval for mitochondrial DNA transplantation in Human eggs. A woman, who may have eggs that show a disorder, can have mitochondrial DNA transplanted from a donor egg. The “damaged” DNA is removed from the woman’s egg, and new health DNA is inserted from the donated egg. The result […]