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HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT
The new generation of robots will have more human hands
16 September 2019 8:00
Laura Chaparro

One of the most difficult parts of the human body to imitate due to its complexity is the hand. The Shadow Robot Company designs and develops highly dexterous robotic hands that are as realistic as possible to human hands and makes them available to researchers within the framework of the Human Brain Project. The goal is to integrate them into the robots of the future.

An artificial cerebellum that also learns to blink
13 October 2018 8:00
Sergio Ferrer

The Human Brain Project is a mammoth European initiative with many branches. Italian researchers associated with the project have developed a model of the cerebellum with which to study how that area of the brain works and how it is affected when under illness.

Biomedicina y Salud
Mavi Sánchez Vives, neuro-scientist at the Human Brain Project
“Until now, the study of consciousness had been seen as mystical or unscientific”
19 July 2018 8:00
Jesús Méndez

Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of the DNA double helix, defined consciousness as the greatest unsolved problem in biology. The first major international conference of the Human Brain Project, held recently in Barcelona, has focused on the challenges and advances in its study. We have spoken with the local organizer of the conference.

HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT
The little android with a sense of touch
6 June 2018 7:48
Laura Chaparro

A typical feature of mammals lies in their ability to experience sensations, something that robots are beginning to imitate. With the help of artificial skins and algorithms, Czech and Italian researchers have managed to make a small humanoid robot aware of human contact and even notice if someone is invading his 'living' space.

Las científicas que estudian el cerebro piden igualdad
How to break the glass ceiling in neuroscience?
17 March 2018 8:00
Laura Chaparro

In the largest European project on the human brain, the Human Brain Project, 85% of leaders are men. To try to correct imbalances like this, the consortium has organized a conference on gender and diversity in Madrid. The experts, mostly women, propose structural changes and education in equality.

A new ultrasound technique shows the brain of rodents in action
27 February 2018 9:00
Laura Chaparro

Although there are techniques to analyze what happens in the brain while executing some activity, a new method based on ultrasound solves the problems of the previous ones: it is portable, has a better resolution and can be used in movement. A European team of researchers has validated its effectiveness in active and anesthetized rodents.

Biomedicina y Salud
Gustavo Deco, associated to the European Human Brain Project
“A massive and global effort is needed find out how the brain works”
30 January 2018 10:40
Laura Chaparro

The neuroscientist Gustavo Deco jokes: "Basically, we do not know anything about the brain. This Argentine doctor, a triple doctor in Physics, Computing and Psychology, hopes that the joined efforts of all disciplines reveal the secrets of the most complex organ. He is currently researching the circuitous network of connections that are activated when we do something as apparently simple as distinguishing objects with our sight.

HUMAN BRAIN PROJECT
Images of the brain refute a theory of the 60s on the domain of language
19 December 2017 10:57
Laura Chaparro

A region of the brain that extends through both hemispheres, the planum temporale, is larger in the left than in the right hemisphere. The finding was linked in the 1960s with the hosting of language processing in the left hemisphere, but today European researchers show that this asymmetry is not a marker of language lateralization.

The brain is still ‘connected’ during non-REM sleep
30 November 2017 13:17
Laura Chaparro

When we sleep, our organism goes through different phases of sleep, however the brain remains interconnected during non-REM sleep, which was thought not to happen. The finding by a European team of researchers has also made it possible to analyse the scientific basis of consciousness, an increasingly important field of neuroscience.

‘Low cost android’ to study the brain
19 October 2017 8:00
Laura Chaparro

The two main pitfalls of robots which imitate the human body are their control and the difficulty encountered when manufacturing them in a cost-effective manner. Researchers from the MoCoTi European project have designed the prototype of an android which learns how to actuate its own limbs and can be easily duplicated. The device, formed of an artificial brain which controls a tendon-driven robotic arm, might be the first step towards low cost humanoid robotics.