Why it takes a supercomputer to map a mouse brain

Why it takes a supercomputer to map a mouse brain

Inside a 25,000 square foot room within Argonne National Laboratory one of the most formidable supercomputers in the world — Theta — is applying its incredible computing power to the largest batch of data ever recorded or analyzed. It’s information that researchers hope might one day contribute to our understanding of intelligence itself.

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More than 6K suspension orders to go out to Waterloo region students over vaccines

More than 6K suspension orders to go out to Waterloo region students over vaccines

More than 6,000 school suspension notices will go out to parents in Waterloo region this week — all over vaccination records. Region of Waterloo Public Health officials said a total of 6,129 suspension orders will go out and parents will have until March 26 to provide proof of immunization or a valid exemption to avoid suspension. Suspensions can last up to 20 days.

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‘Millennial burnout’: this is how it feels

'Millennial burnout': this is how it feels

I don’t remember the last time I relaxed. Honestly? I don’t know how to. Every time I try to read a book or watch TV, I think about what I have to do next, or my ‘to-do’ list flashes before my eyes. I feel guilty because I know that I could be cleaning my flat, or at the gym, or buying a birthday present for my boyfriend’s mum. My brain never stops. I’m constantly on hyper-alert about the things I should be doing – but just can’t bring myself to do. I already suffer from anxiety and depression, and this stress has disrupted my sleep and led me to have mild insomnia.

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Making sense of how the blind ‘see’ color

Making sense of how the blind ‘see’ color

What do you think of when you think of a rainbow? If you’re sighted, you’re probably imagining colors arcing through the sky just after the rain. But what about someone who can’t see a rainbow? How does a congenitally blind person’s knowledge of a rainbow — or even something as seemingly simple as the color red — differ from that of the sighted?

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How Competitiveness Leads Us To Sabotage Other People’s Personal Goals At The Expense Of Our Own

How Competitiveness Leads Us To Sabotage Other People’s Personal Goals At The Expense Of Our Own

Say you’re planning to run a marathon, and you have a target time in mind. Or you’re on a weight- loss diet, and your aim is to lose six kilos in six weeks. Or, there’s an exam coming up, and you want to score above 75 per cent. These are all individual goal pursuits. In theory, you’re not in direct competition with anybody else, though of course if you’re part of a running club, or a weight loss group, or an undergraduate class, you will be aware that others around you are striving to achieve their own goals.

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New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation, study says

New parents face up to six years of sleep deprivation, study says

Starting a family is a well-known way to make a good night’s sleep a distant dream, but new research suggests the parental yawns might go on for six years. Researchers tracking the sleep of thousands of men and women as their family size increased have found that shuteye hits a low about three months after birth – with the effect strongest in women.

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Neuroscientists Say They’ve Found an Entirely New Form of Neural Communication

Neuroscientists Say They've Found an Entirely New Form of Neural Communication

Scientists think they've identified a previously unknown form of neural communication that self-propagates across brain tissue, and can leap wirelessly from neurons in one section of brain tissue to another – even if they've been surgically severed

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