Emergent Futures Tumblelog

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Learning Best When You Rest: Sleeping After Processing New Info Most Effective


Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall.


Full Story: Science Daily


Posted at 2:40pm and tagged with: cognitive, memory, education, learning,.

Learning Best When You Rest: Sleeping After Processing New Info Most Effective

Nodding off in class may not be such a bad idea after all. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that going to sleep shortly after learning new material is most beneficial for recall.

Full Story: Science Daily

Next Generation Memories Will Be Improved

By Noise


The mathematical foundations of electronics predict the existence of four fundamental electronic devices. The resistor, capacitor and inductor are well known. The fourth device, the memristor, was only discovered in 2008 and even now remains an exotic piece of kit.

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 4:41am and tagged with: tech, technology, innovation, memory,.

Next Generation Memories Will Be Improved
By Noise

The mathematical foundations of electronics predict the existence of four fundamental electronic devices. The resistor, capacitor and inductor are well known. The fourth device, the memristor, was only discovered in 2008 and even now remains an exotic piece of kit.
Full Story: Technology Review

Signaling molecules allow for long-lasting brain plasticity

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found a cascade of signaling molecules in the brain that allows a usually very brief signal to last for tens of minutes. This provides the brain framework for stronger connections (synapses) that can summon a memory for a period of months or even years, says Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology.

Full Story: Kurzweil

Posted at 7:52pm and tagged with: brain, cognitive, memory,.

Signaling molecules allow for long-lasting brain plasticity

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have found  a cascade of signaling molecules in the brain that allows a usually  very brief signal to last for tens of minutes. This provides the brain  framework for stronger connections (synapses) that can summon a memory  for a period of months or even years, says Ryohei Yasuda, Ph.D.,  assistant professor of neurobiology.
Full Story: Kurzweil

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School recently showed how the plasticity of the brain allowed mice to restore critical functions related to learning and memory after the scientists suppressed the animals’ ability to make certain new brain cells, says Geoffrey Murphy, Ph.D.

Full Story: Kurzweil

Posted at 10:26am and tagged with: cognitive, memory,.

Researchers from Rice University and Georgia Institute of Technology have found support for the theory that the brain has three concentric layers of working memory where it stores readily available items. Memory researchers have long debated whether there are two or three layers and what the capacity and function of each layer is.

via mmartoccia

Full Story: Science Daily

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: cognitive, memory,.

Physicists Build Single Atom Memory For Quantum Information

A single of atom of rubidium sits at the heart of an exotic new quantum memory device

Full Story: Technology Review

Posted at 4:09am and tagged with: quantum, technology, memory,.

Physicists Build Single Atom Memory For Quantum Information 

A single of atom of rubidium sits at the heart of an exotic new quantum memory device

Full Story: Technology Review

Scientists Revive Old, Fading Memories

For the first time, working in rats, researchers have enhanced weak, old memories by tweaking an enzyme in the brain. The findings not only deepen understanding of how memory works, but offer new hope for the development of treatments for Alzheimer’s and other memory-destroying diseases.

via @dontapscott
Full Story: Time

Posted at 7:18am and tagged with: cognitive, memory,.

Scientists Revive Old, Fading Memories

For the first time, working in rats, researchers have enhanced weak, old  memories by tweaking an enzyme in the brain. The findings not only  deepen understanding of how memory works, but offer new hope for the  development of treatments for Alzheimer’s and other memory-destroying  diseases.
via @dontapscottFull Story: Time

Brain’s ‘constant gardener’ discovered

Just as gardeners prune unwanted growths from flowers, the brain has its own molecular secateurs for trimming back unwanted connections. Now we know what’s doing the pruning.

via @mmartoccia

Full Story: New Scientist

Posted at 1:35pm and tagged with: brain, memory, cognitive,.

Brain’s ‘constant gardener’ discovered

Just as gardeners prune unwanted growths from flowers, the brain has its  own molecular secateurs for trimming back unwanted connections. Now we  know what’s doing the pruning.
via @mmartoccia

Full Story: New Scientist

Positioning Bits in Nanowire Memory

IBM’s ultra-dense racetrack memory is closer to commercialization.

Posted at 1:37pm and tagged with: computers, moore's law, memory, technology,.

Positioning Bits in Nanowire Memory

IBM’s ultra-dense racetrack memory is closer to commercialization.

Scientists create the world’s smallest potential computer memory


University of Utah physicist Christoph Boehme created a new kind of computer memory and demonstrated that it can even be stored in a new way. The results were published in the journal Science.

Posted at 8:21am and tagged with: technology, memory, computers,.

Scientists create the world’s smallest potential computer memory

University of Utah physicist Christoph Boehme created a new kind of computer memory and demonstrated that it can even  be stored in a new way. The results were published in the journal Science.