Scientists at the University of Richmond have successfully trained rats to drive tiny cars in exchange for tasty bits of cereal, and found that learning the task lowered their stress levels. The study not only advances our understanding of how sophisticated rat brains are, but could one day help in developing new non-pharmaceutical forms of treatment for mental illness.
Our brain has 86 million neurons, connected by 3 million kilometers of nerve fibers and The Human Brain Project is mapping it all. One of the key applications is neuromorphic computing - computers inspired by brain architecture.
Dengue is the fastest spreading tropical disease, with 40% of the world’s population is currently at risk. Transmitted by mosquitoes, so far there’s been little progress in fighting back. One organization is using a naturally occurring bacteria to inoculate mosquitoes and has plans to eradicate the disease.
Hope rises for heart transplant patients after ground-breaking innovation. In about a decade from now, scientists hope to have man-made hearts suitable for transplant into humans after scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart, complete with tissues and vessels.