Category Archives: Science

Behind the Scenes of a Radical New Cancer Cure – Scientific American Blog Network

“As she remembers it, the doctor went through the timeline of what happened for 10 minutes, explaining how Birzer became sicker and sicker, before Johnson interrupted with the thought splitting her world in two: “I need you to tell me whether she’s alive or dead.”

Birzer wasn’t dead. But she was far from okay. The ordeal began with Birzer speaking gibberish…”

#BCI devices change the brain’s wiring (german study)

Reality update: Können Gedanken das Gehirn verändern? | Max-Planck-Gesellschaft … :

Die Wirkung eines sogenannten Brain-Computer-Interfaces (BCI, Gehirn-Computer-Schnittstelle) beruht darauf, dass die bloße Vorstellung einer Handlung schon messbare Veränderungen der elektrischen Hirnaktivität auslöst. Diese Signale können ausgelesen und über maschinelle Lernsysteme in Steuersignale umgesetzt werden, die zum Beispiel einen Computer bedienen oder auch eine Prothese bewegen können. In einer jetzt veröffentlichten Studie zeigen Wissenschaftler des Max-Planck-Instituts für Kognitions- und Neurowissenschaften Leipzig, der Staatlichen Universität von Navarra und der TU Berlin, dass nach nur einer Stunde Training mit einer Gehirn-Computer-Schnittstelle (BCI) signifikante Veränderungen im Gehirn der Probanden auftraten – das Training mit dem BCI hat also auch unmittelbare Rückwirkungen auf die neuronale Struktur und Funktion des Gehirns.

Russia Has ‘Oligarchs,’ the US Has ‘Businessmen’ | FAIR

Late Show host Stephen Colbert (7/20/17) defined “oligarch” as “Russian for ‘rich guy don’t ask where his money came from.’” (“Oligarch” actually came to English from Ancient Greek.) To be fair, Colbert joked about the selective use of the term—explaining that “over there, the political system is controlled by wealthy elites who buy influence and pull strings of the government, whereas in America, we speak English.”


And when a politician like Bernie Sanders suggests that these oligarchs influence the media, senior editors react angrily, claiming he is “ridiculous” and a “conspiracy theorist.” What a strange country the US is—an oligarchy without any oligarchs

McKinsey’s view on the automotive Revolution…

Reality update: The automotive revolution is speeding up | McKinsey … :

For more than two years, the industry has been talking about the four disruptive trends changing the rules in the mobility sector: autonomous driving, shared mobility, connectivity, and electrification. A McKinsey report from January 2016 integrated the impact of these trends into a single picture for the first time. Today, we can offer a perspective on three questions that are a top priority: What is the speed of change? What do the new value pools look like? What is required to succeed in the future? This article addresses the first two questions; the third question will be covered in a forthcoming piece (for more on how we developed our perspective, see sidebar “How we derive insights”).

Considering our base case, by 2030, about 20 percent of value generated from classic vehicle sales might shift toward new technologies, such as xEV powertrains or autonomous-vehicle software and components. But more than 60 percent of revenue from disruptive business models could still be carried by traditional elements, such as the shared vehicle itself or fleet operations

While same-day delivery still seems like a novelty to many, automotive, e-commerce, and logistics players are already working on solutions that use data from fully connected vehicles to have packages delivered to car trunks, regardless of where the driver is.

The increasing momentum of all disruptive trends, the shifts in value pools and corresponding capabilities, and the growing need for more granular perspectives on consumers requires we rethink our view of the automotive industry. The new personal-mobility landscape that is emerging is much broader than the traditional automotive industry; it is extending to include, among many others, tech players and new entrants from other industries such as software and utilities. Whether incumbents or challengers, all players will find themselves part of an increasingly diverse playing field (Exhibit 5).