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Source: The Week

Does artificial intelligence truly work like the human brain?

Today 06:05 GMT

It's a mistake a human would never make, and suggests that something about these networks is functioning differently from the human brain.

At a recent conference for neuroscientists and AI researchers, Yann LeCun — director of AI research at Facebook, and professor of computer science at the New York University — warned the audience not to become "hypnotized by the details of the brain," implying that not all of what the brain does necessarily needs to be replicated for intelligent behavior to be achieved.

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Source: The Guradian

Scientists seek drug to ‘rewire’ adult brain after stroke

Today 06:05 GMT

Adults who have experienced a stroke may one day be able to take a drug to help their brain “rewire” itself, so that tasks once carried out by now-damaged areas can be taken over by other regions, researchers have claimed. The ability for the brain to rewire, so-called “brain plasticity”, is thought to occur throughout life; however, while children have a high degree of brain plasticity, adult brains are generally thought to be less plastic.

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Source: Washington Post

This group trains women to run for office. Here’s how one outraged, post-Trump class fared.

Today 06:05 GMT

Then, in December, she came across a Facebook post linking to a group called Emerge America, a national nonprofit that trains Democratic women to run for elected office.

Emerge Virginia’s Class of 2017, selected from a record 56 applicants — gathered in a drab suburban Richmond trade union building six days before Trump’s inauguration, it was clear that she wasn’t the only one whose private life helped provide motivation to pursue public office.

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Source: The Guradian

Saakashvili supporters march in Kiev calling for president to quit

Sunday 17:16 GMT

Thousands of supporters of the deported former Georgian leader Mikheil Saakashvili have marched through the streets of Kiev, demanding the impeachment of the Ukrainian president.

Saakashvili is wanted by the Georgian government on multiple criminal charges, which he says are politically motivated.

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Source: Washington Post

Three U.S. couples among top seven in ice dancing after Olympic short program

Today 06:05 GMT

After Monday’s short dance, the first portion of the Olympic ice dancing competition, three American teams are among the top seven.

Teams pushing for the top Olympic spots and teams hoping to make a jump to that level — like the Czech team of Cortney Mansourova and Michal Ceska, which didn’t finish in the top 20 and therefore did not qualify for the free skate Tuesday — all feel the tug of U.S.-based training.

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Source: Washington Post

After a lost season, Nationals’ Shawn Kelley is ‘just glad it’s 2018’

Saturday 20:56 GMT

The Nationals wanted to make sure his right elbow, injected with stem cells last fall, was strong enough for Kelley to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.

A year ago, Kelley arrived at spring training to compete for the closer role coming off his best season as a major leaguer. A team that wasn’t expecting to compete for a World Series wouldn’t be paying trainers to check on guys in the offseason.”

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Source: NBC News

What the brain looks like when you pray

Friday 21:54 GMT

To learn more, I talked to several doctors including Dr. David Spiegel, associate chair of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and medical director of the center for integrative medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, who discussed what the brain looks like on prayer.

While the reflective regions of the brain are activated, parts of the brain associated with taking action are inactivated.

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Source: Global News

Former NDP MP Paul Dewar undergoing treatment for brain cancer

Sunday 20:55 GMT

Paul Dewar, 55, who represented Ottawa Centre from 2006 until 2015, says in a Facebook post that he was diagnosed with a brain tumour earlier this month after experiencing discomfort in his arm.

Outgoing Ottawa NDP MP Paul Dewar appointed party’s senior transition adviser. He initially assumed the pain was an injury he sustained while skating on the Rideau Canal in late January, he said.

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Source: DW

Sweden says open to leading UN peacekeeping mission in Ukraine

Sunday 19:59 GMT

Send Facebook Twitter Google+ Whatsapp Tumblr linkedin stumble Digg reddit Newsvine. Sweden's offer to lead the UN mission in Ukraine comes amid strained relations with Russia, which has increased military operations in the Baltic Sea off the coast of Sweden since its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula in 2014.

Non-NATO member Sweden would be open to providing troops to a UN peacekeeping mission in trouble-torn eastern Ukraine if both Russia and the West agreed, Swedish Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist (photo) told Ukrainian and US officials at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

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Source: New York Times

When Furniture Rains from Above

Sunday 17:15 GMT

Recently, two wooden chairs and a large dining table fell from a terrace above, tumbling onto a common area, and then down to my private terrace, damaging patio tiles and a neighbor’s glass railing and furniture.

“The furniture is like your living room couch,” said Phyllis H. Weisberg, a chairwoman of the cooperative and condominium law practice at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads. Reluctant to police residents’ furniture, it may simply circulate a letter reminding residents to bring heavy objects inside ahead of storms.

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Source: CBS News

Amtrak may end service on tracks lacking key safety gear

Friday 11:48 GMT

Amtrak is considering suspending service on tracks that don't have sophisticated speed controls by a Dec. 31 deadline, the railroad's top executive said Thursday.

However, many states already strapped for cash are unlikely to come up with the needed funding to keep their Amtrak routes in service.

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Source: Global News

Adult ADHD: One man’s isolating journey to get help

Sunday 10:50 GMT

For the longest time, it was believed that children grew out of their ADHD when they reached adolescence, says Dr. Tim Bilkey, a psychiatrist in Ontario who specializes in adult ADHD.

Studies have shown that about 80 per cent of children with ADHD maintain their diagnosis into adolescence and at least 60 per cent continue to have symptoms of the disorder when they become an adult. Vanderkuyl recognized that he was hyperactive and unfocused as a kid but it never really impacted his life until he went to study at Western University where he was on his own for the first time.

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Source: CBS News

First blood test to help diagnose traumatic brain injuries gets FDA approval

Friday 15:27 GMT

That prize would be a test that could detect and guide treatment for concussions and traumatic brain injuries, similar to a blood test that hospitals commonly use to evaluate suspected heart attacks, Koroshetz said.

Bazarian called the test "a huge step" toward devising a blood test that can detect brain injuries including concussions. Dr. Walter Koroshetz, director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, and other brain injury experts say the test isn't sensitive enough to rule out concussions.

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Source: New York Times

Orthodox Jew, Unorthodox Boxing Teacher

Sunday 10:50 GMT

Yuri Foreman, born an Orthodox Jew in the former Soviet republic Belarus, is a world champion super welterweight who, as a teenager, trained in an Arabic boxing gym in Haifa, Israel.

After a Golden Gloves championship as an amateur and a North American title as a pro, he achieved his ultimate goal when he defeated Daniel Santos in 2009 to become the World Boxing Association’s super welterweight champion, and the first Israeli to do so in any class.

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Source: New York Times

Concussions Can Be Detected With New Blood Test Approved by F.D.A.

Friday 21:53 GMT

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved a long-awaited blood test to detect concussions in people and more quickly identify those with possible brain injuries.

The F.D.A. approved the test for use in adults, but Henry Nordhoff, chief executive of Banyan Biomarkers, based in San Diego, the company that makes the device, said he thought it might also appeal to physicians evaluating children for concussions.


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