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Blue Brain

IBM is building Blue Gene’s successor: Blue Brain. It’s an attempt to model the entire electrical circuitry of the brain using a supercomputer based on the Blue Gene design. Just imagine, a machine with the same kind of endless potential that any human...

Emotional incontinence

New Scientist describes a new medical condition called emotional incontinence, which “has also been linked to another condition called Witzelsucht, sufferers from which show an uncontrollable tendency to pun, make bad jokes and tell meaningless stories at...

Quantum love

Sir Roger Penrose is trying to prove that gravity is what makes quantum world uncertainty indiscernible at a large enough scale. I’m discovering that love and hate are emotions that appear to exist for the same woman at the same time. Yet it is this...

Energy

I never realised how immobilising nicotine works on the brain. I saw a man sitting outside today, enjoying the sunshine. As I saw him sitting there I wondered: “How does he enjoy the sunshine without smoking a cigarette?” It is becoming painfully clear to...

The voice of the people

The Netherlands said “no” to the EU constitution yesterday. What this vote shows most of all is that complex decisions like this should be left to the people’s representatives in Parliament and not to the people themselves.