Monday, December 26, 2011

Incredibly distant and productive galaxy discovered and brain reading

Welcome! "Alien Life" tracks the latest discoveries and thoughts in the various elements of the famous Drake Equation. Here's today's news:
g Stars - A team of scientists using NASA’s Spitzer and Hubble space telescopes announced they have discovered that one of the most distant galaxies known is churning out stars at a shockingly high rate. See article.
g Abodes - According to a new NASA study, climate change will modify plant communities over almost half of the Earth's land surface. See article.
g Intelligence - At UCLA's Laboratory of Integrative Neuroimaging Technology, researchers use functional MRI brain scans to observe brain signal changes that take place during mental activity. They then employ computerized machine learning (ML) methods to study these patterns and identify the cognitive state - or sometimes the thought process - of human subjects. The technique is called "brain reading" or "brain decoding." See article.

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