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5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more

5 Things You Missed This Week: the start of a self-driving car IP war, 1-step brain hacking, and more

Highlights from the week of 20 February 2017 Photo: Waymo 1. Is Waymo’s $ 500-million fight with Uber the first shot in a self-driving car intellectual property war? Photo: Eic Risberg/AP Photo Knowing only Waymo’s side of the story, Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski looks like he’s been caught using his former employer’s trade secrets to(…)

A Low-Power Artificial Synapse Could One Day Interface with the Brain

A Low-Power Artificial Synapse Could One Day Interface with the Brain

Battery technology inspires a flexible, organic nonvolatile device for neuromorphic circuits that needs only millivolts to change state Photo: Stanford University A team based at Stanford University and at Sandia National Laboratories, in Livermore, Calif., have created a new form of “artificial synapse” that may one day be used to create flexible circuitry that could directly interface(…)

New Record: Paralyzed Man Uses Brain Implant to Type 8 Words Per Minute

New Record: Paralyzed Man Uses Brain Implant to Type 8 Words Per Minute

And autocomplete software should dramatically boost performance for this brain-computer interface Image: Stanford University “What did you enjoy the most about your trip to the Grand Canyon?” the Stanford researchers asked.  In response, a cursor floated across a computer screen displaying a keyboard, and confidently picked out one letter at a time. The woman controlling(…)

Flexibility Gives Nanothread Brain Probes Long-Term Durability

Flexibility Gives Nanothread Brain Probes Long-Term Durability

Nanoprobe could improve study of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s Image: University of Texas at Austin For over two decades, electrodes implanted in the brain have made it possible to electrically measure the activity of individual neurons. While the technology has continued to progress over the years, the implanted probes have continued to suffer(…)

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Increased brain growth during the first year of life accurately predicted whether a child at high risk of autism developed the disorder Photo: iStockphoto Twenty-two years ago, researchers first reported that adolescents with autism spectrum disorder had increased brain volume. During the intervening years, studies of younger and younger children showed that this brain “overgrowth”(…)