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Researchers reveal how targeting transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) could enhance treatment for depression. The study identified an electrophysiological marker that could predict TMS efficacy and guide personalized therapy. By optimizing the stimulation site and coil angle, treatment outcomes may improve. These findings offer hope for better, tailored TMS therapies in the future.
A groundbreaking implantable device has significantly reduced the frequency and severity of seizures in children with severe epilepsy, according to a new UK clinical trial. The rechargeable device, attached to the skull, delivers constant electrical stimulation to the brain, allowing patients like Oran to experience dramatic improvements in quality of life. This trial, known as the CADET pilot, is the first to measure this treatment for pediatric epilepsy and shows promise for broader applications. Further research will expand to more patients, aiming for a new standard in epilepsy treatment.
Advances in organoids and embryonic models raise questions about human individuality. A new study argues these models can reinforce, not weaken, the concept of human individuality when viewed through personhood and sentience frameworks. Researchers emphasize that current technologies are far from achieving personhood in embryo models or organoids. The ethical focus should remain on the wellbeing of actual persons and sentient beings.
esearchers have developed an AI system that guides robots using language-based instructions, improving navigation tasks without relying on extensive visual data. This method converts visual observations into text captions, allowing a language model to direct the robot's movements. While not outperforming vision-based systems, it excels in data-limited scenarios and combines well with visual inputs for better performance.
Scientists have created an AI-powered system to track ingestible devices that monitor disease markers in the gut. This non-invasive technology could help individuals monitor their GI tract health at home. The system uses a wearable coil and AI to precisely locate the device and measure gas concentrations. Researchers aim to refine the device for future human trials.

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Researchers are trialing a novel brain-computer interface (BCI) with the potential to transform neurosurgical procedures and patient care. The Layer 7 Cortical Interface, boasting 1,024 electrodes for unparalleled brain activity mapping, promises new insights into neurological and psychiatric conditions.
Elon Musk announces the first human has been successfully implanted with Neuralink's brain chip, named Telepathy, aiming to allow severe physically disabled individuals to control devices via thought. The FDA-approved trial focuses on the implant's potential for movement control, with the patient reportedly recovering well and showing promising initial results.
Researchers achieved a breakthrough in converting brain signals to audible speech with up to 100% accuracy. The team used brain implants and artificial intelligence to directly map brain activity to speech in patients with epilepsy.
In a pioneering study, researchers designed a wireless brain-spine interface enabling a paralyzed man to walk naturally again. The 'digital bridge' comprises two electronic implants — one on the brain and another on the spinal cord — that decode brain signals and stimulate the spinal cord to activate leg muscles.

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Researchers found that people easily learned to use a controllable, prosthetic "Third Thumb" for manipulating objects. The device, tested on a diverse group, enhances motor capabilities and shows promise for both productivity and aiding those with disabilities. The study highlights the importance of inclusive design in developing new technologies.

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Incorporating tactile emoticons into social media interactions enhances feelings of support and approval. Participants using a mock platform preferred receiving feedback through both visual and tactile cues over visual-only feedback. Tactile feedback, such as a stroke on the forearm, conveyed additional emotional context. The findings suggest touch can improve digital communication, informing future technology developments.
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Researchers successfully used a custom-built robot to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This minimally invasive treatment reduces the need for frequent eye injections. The landmark study found that robotic radiotherapy significantly decreases the number of injections needed, potentially saving millions annually. The new method offers precise targeting of radiation to the eye, improving patient outcomes and reducing costs.
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Researchers have developed a novel image sensor that significantly improves the ability to track neural voltage changes, crucial for understanding brain functions like memory. The new CMOS technology allows individual pixel timing control, enhancing light capture without sacrificing speed.
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Researchers developed a method to predict dementia with over 80% accuracy up to nine years before diagnosis. Using fMRI scans, the team analyzed changes in the brain's default mode network (DMN), which is affected early in Alzheimer's disease. This approach outperforms traditional memory tests and brain shrinkage measurements. The study used data from over 1,100 volunteers and highlights potential applications for early intervention.
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Researchers used a wearable MEG scanner to map brain activity in young children, providing new insights into brain development and conditions like autism. The lightweight, adaptable helmet with quantum technology allows for high-quality, movement-friendly scanning. This breakthrough enables the study of crucial developmental milestones and brain function from a very young age.
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Researchers developed a new microscopy system, mosTF, to track brain plasticity more efficiently. This system scans tissue with lines of light in perpendicular directions, providing faster and clearer imaging than traditional two-photon microscopy. The mosTF system enhances our ability to study rapid neural changes, crucial for understanding brain function and disorders.
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A new study explores using VR and AI to improve public speaking skills and reduce anxiety. PresentationPro simulates realistic presentation settings with AI-driven audience avatars that provide real-time feedback. This approach offers a safe, repeatable environment for practice, potentially benefiting a wide range of users beyond students.