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Cloud computing load balancing based on ant colony algorithms improves performance
The criticality of certain sectors, as well as the requirement of users, involve Cloud providers to guarantee a high level of performance. This article embraces two parts, including a first section that assesses the factors which influence performance by using an analysis methodology inspired by the concept of the Taguchi experience plan. The second part builds on the conclusions of the first section by proposing a three-level architecture that optimizes load balancing via an ACO algorithm. (2018-10-29)

Robotic arm may help to rehabilitate chronic stroke victims, finds new study
New research published in Frontiers in Neurology by NYU researcher Adam Buchwald finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function recovery. (2018-10-29)

Evidence mounts that an eye scan may detect early Alzheimer's disease
Results from two studies show that a new, non-invasive imaging device can see signs of Alzheimer's disease in a matter of seconds. The researchers show that the small blood vessels in the retina at the back of the eye are altered in patients with Alzheimer's. (2018-10-28)

Link between what we see and how we remember 'breaks' as we get older
Forgetfulness and age-related memory lapses are a common complaint among older adults, but what is still not understood is what causes these changes. Recent research published by scientists at Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute (RRI) brings us a step closer to uncovering the answer, which could help with distinguishing signs of dementia earlier. (2018-10-26)

Can tiny doses of magic mushrooms unlock creativity?
The use of minute doses of magic mushrooms and truffles containing psychedelic substances could induce a state of unconstrained thought that may produce more new, creative ideas. 'Microdosing' in this way may allow people to experience the creative benefits of psychedelic drugs without the risk of the so-called 'bad trips' that often come with high doses of such substances. (2018-10-25)

New metal-organic framework separates gases with ease
Researchers have developed a type of microporous metal-organic framework (MOF) that displays 'exceptional' separation properties in the production of polymer-grade ethylene, a highly important -- yet costly to produce -- industrial chemical. (2018-10-25)

What makes a good working dog? Canine 'aptitude test' might offer clues
A canine cognition test could help organizations that train working dogs identify the dogs that are most likely to succeed, according to new research led by the University of Arizona. If organizations could better predict which dogs will succeed in working roles, it could save thousands of dollars in training costs and ensure people in need get dogs faster. (2018-10-25)

Study reveals how the brain overcomes its own limitations
MIT neuroscientists have discovered how the brain tries to compensate for its poor performance in tasks that require complicated mental transformations. (2018-10-24)

Stress can impair memory, reduce brain size in middle age, study finds
Stress may be causing impaired memory and brain shrinkage in middle-age adults, even before symptoms of Alzheimer's or other dementia begin, according to a new study that included a researcher from UT Health San Antonio. (2018-10-24)

Brain training app helps reduce OCD symptoms, study finds
A 'brain training' app developed at the University of Cambridge could help people who suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) manage their symptoms, which may typically include excessive handwashing and contamination fears. (2018-10-23)

Institutional investors boost a company's social performance, a new study finds
Since institutional investors own the bulk of the world's equity capital, it is important to understand how they affect the behavior of the companies they invest in. A study of over 3,000 firms across 41 countries by Hannes Wagner (Professor of Finance, Bocconi University) and colleagues, published in the Journal of Financial Economics shows that they are a force for good, boosting companies' environmental and social performance -- but only if the investors come from Europe (2018-10-23)

New radiation treatment for brain cancer offers better preservation of cognitive function
When it comes to radiation therapy to treat brain cancer, hippocampal-avoidance whole-brain radiotherapy in conjunction with the drug memantine better preserved patients' cognitive function and demonstrated similar cancer control outcomes, compared to traditional whole-brain radiotherapy with memantine. (2018-10-23)

Avoiding the hippocampus during whole-brain radiotherapy prevents cognitive side effects
Whole-brain radiotherapy can be delivered more safely to patients with brain metastases by avoiding the hippocampus according to a randomized phase III NRG Oncology trial presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting (2018-10-23)

Asian elephants could be the maths kings of the jungle
Asian elephants demonstrate numeric ability which is closer to that observed in humans rather than in other animals. This is according to lead author Naoko Irie of SOKENDAI (The Graduate University for Advanced Studies and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science) in Japan. (2018-10-22)

Would you zap your brain to improve your memory?
Individuals were more willing to use a hypothetical brain stimulation device on others than on themselves, specifically to improve 'core functions,' like kindness and self-confidence. (2018-10-22)

Brain wave device enhances memory function
The entrainment of theta brain waves with a commercially available device not only enhances theta wave activity, but also boosts memory performance, according to new research from the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis, published recently in the journal Cognitive Neuroscience. (2018-10-22)

Clapping Music app reveals that changing rhythm isn't so easy
Scientists at Queen Mary University of London have developed an app to understand why some rhythms are more difficult to perform than others. (2018-10-19)

Father's nicotine exposure may cause problems in future generations of his children
A new Florida State University College of Medicine study in mice produced results that suggest nicotine exposure in men could lead to cognitive deficits in their children and grandchildren. Further studies will be required to know if the same outcomes seen in mice would apply to humans. (2018-10-19)

Researchers discuss the role of evidence-based medicine in healthcare decision making
A special issue of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)'s Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making explores the competing perspectives on evidence-based medicine, best practices, and the quality movement in healthcare. (2018-10-19)

To track how students ace the LSAT, watch their eyes
Neuroscientists are tracking eye movements to understand how practicing tough reasoning tests like the LSAT makes students smarter. (2018-10-18)

How does brain structure influence performance on language tasks?
The architecture of each person's brain is unique, and differences may influence how quickly people can complete various cognitive tasks. But how neuroanatomy impacts performance is largely an open question. To learn more, scientists are developing a new tool -- computational models of the brain -- to simulate how the structure of the brain may impact brain activity and, ultimately, human behavior. (2018-10-17)

Simple test may help predict long-term outcome after stroke
A simple test taken within a week of a stroke may help predict how well people will have recovered up to three years later, according to a study published in the Oct. 17, 2018, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (2018-10-17)

Experts recommend new way to describe cognitive changes after anesthesia, surgery in elderly patient
A multidisciplinary, international group of experts has recommended changing the way clinicians and patients describe cognitive changes experienced in some patients after anesthesia and surgery. The recommendations are being published simultaneously in six peer-reviewed journals including, Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). (2018-10-16)

Cumulative sub-concussive impacts in a single season of youth football
In an investigation of head impact burden and change in neurocognitive function during a season of youth football, researchers find that sub-concussive impacts are not correlated with worsening performance in neurocognitive function. (2018-10-15)

New research shows drinking No 1 Rosemary Water improves memory by up to 15 percent
New research published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, has shown that drinking a concentrated rosemary extract drink, No 1 Rosemary Water, can boost cognitive and memory performance by up to 15%. (2018-10-15)

High-performance self-assembled catalyst for SOFC
An international team of researchers , affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has unveiled a novel catalyst that can significantly enhance the performance of perovskite electrodes in Solid Oxide Fuel Cell. (2018-10-12)

Early changes to synapse gene regulation may cause Alzheimer's disease
TMDU-led Japanese research revealed a role for splicing proteins in the pathology of Alzheimer's disease. Increased phosphorylation of the SRRM2 protein, seen in AD mouse models and human patients, was found to block its transport to the nucleus. This reduced levels of the PQBP1 protein, causing abnormal changes to the splicing of synapse genes and cognitive decline. These phenotypes were reversed by restoring PQBP1 function, suggesting a possible future treatment for AD. (2018-10-12)

How the grid cell system of the brain maps mental spaces
How exactly the grid cell system works in the human brain, and in particular with which temporal dynamics, has until now been speculation. A much-discussed possibility is that the signals from these cells create maps of 'cognitive spaces' in which humans mentally organize and store the complexities of their internal and external environments. A European-American team of scientists has now been able to demonstrate, with electrophysiological evidence, the existence of grid-like activity in the human brain. (2018-10-12)

Study provides insights on the effects of exercise on cognitive performance
A new British Journal of Psychology study has looked at the details behind how cognitive performance may improve during aerobic exercise. (2018-10-12)

Does open heart surgery affect cognitive abilities?
Understanding how heart valve surgery may affect your cognition is important for older adults. To learn more, researchers reviewed studies to see how patients' cognition changed before and after heart valve surgery. They also looked at whether surgeries on two types of heart valves, the mitral or the aortic, were associated with better or worse outcomes. Their study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2018-10-12)

Researchers discover brain cortex activity differences in children with arthrogryposis
Researchers from the Higher School of Economics and the Turner Scientific and Research Institute for Children's Orthopedics have discovered that in children with arthrogryposis, the power of electrical activity in the brain cortex decreases, while its dynamics remains the same as in healthy children. (2018-10-11)

Nerve stimulation in mice suggests new way to reduce delirium after surgery
For adults over age 65, surgical complications can dampen not only their physical health but also their mental sharpness, with more than half of high-risk cases declining into delirium. New Duke University research shows a current treatment for seizures can also reverse brain inflammation, such as inflammation after surgery, and the subsequent confusion or cognitive decline that results. (2018-10-11)

Hearing and visual aids linked to slower age-related memory loss
Hearing aids and cataract surgery are strongly linked to a slower rate of age-related cognitive decline, according to new research by University of Manchester academics. According to Dr. Piers Dawes and Dr. Asri Maharani, cognitive decline -- which affects memory and thinking skills -- is slowed after patient's hearing and sight are improved. (2018-10-11)

Wired for life: Study links infants' brain circuitry to future health
Growth rates of brain circuits in infancy may help experts predict what a child's intelligence and emotional health could be when the child turns four, a new study has found. Along with prior research, these findings could help future physicians identify cognitive and behavioral challenges in the first months and years of life, leading to early treatment. (2018-10-10)

Sit-stand office desks cut daily sitting time and appear to boost job performance
Sit-stand workstations that allow employees to stand, as well as sit, while working on a computer reduce daily sitting time and appear to have a positive impact on job performance and psychological health, finds a trial published by The BMJ today. (2018-10-10)

Hook injury caused by catch-and-release hampers feeding performance in fish
Published today in The Journal of Experimental Biology, a UC Riverside-led research team shows that mouth injuries caused by hook removal after catch-and-release fishing hamper the ability of fish to capture prey. The results add to a growing body of literature raising questions about the practice of catch-and release fishing, which is viewed by many as a way to conserve at-risk fish species. (2018-10-09)

World's largest sleep study shows too much shut-eye can be bad for your brain
Preliminary results from the world's largest sleep study have shown that people who sleep on average between 7 to 8 hours per night performed better cognitively than those who slept less, or more, than this amount. Neuroscientists from Western University's renowned Brain and Mind Institute released their findings today in the high-impact journal, SLEEP. (2018-10-09)

OU Researcher determines catalytic active sites using carbon nanotubes
Catalytic research led by University of Oklahoma researcher Steven Crossley has developed a new and more definitive way to determine the active site in a complex catalyst. His team's research was recently published in Nature Communications. (2018-10-09)

Small-brained female guppies aren't drawn to attractive males
Female guppies with smaller brains can distinguish attractive males, but they don't recognize them as being more appealing or choose to mate with them, according to a new study by UCL and Stockholm University researchers. The study, published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, adds weight to the link between mate preference and cognitive ability. (2018-10-08)

Researchers develop combined data model to better evaluate for mild cognitive impairment
A new study has shown that by combining imaging and neuropsychological testing, one can more accurately assess the cognitive status of individuals. (2018-10-04)

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