In 2011 the game foldit enabled the masses to solve scientific mysteries by discovering the structure of proteins. Gamers solved an HIV enzyme riddle that had confounded scientists for a decade — in three weeks. There’s a new science game in town, this time focused on understanding the human mind.
“Have you ever wondered why every person is unique? Could it be because our brains are wired differently? Our goal is to test this hypothesis by developing and applying technologies for finding connectomes, maps of connections between neurons.”
Neuroscientists at MIT, Harvard and several other Universities have come together to launch Wired Differently. The project is described as a “‘citizen science’ community to test the hypothesis that the uniqueness of a person, from memories to mental disorders, lies in his or her connectome.” This wonderful crowd-sourced project will empower anyone with an internet connection to help the world’s top neuroscientists organize hundreds of terabytes of data. You will even be able to play from an iPhone.
Check out Wired Differently Co-Founder Sebastian Seung’s TEDTalk for a more detailed description of the connectome and perhaps more importantly, why it matters.
Dr. Terry Wahls, a Professor at the University of Iowa College, suffers from MS. In 2007 she was contrained to a chair and could barely walk twenty feet even with two crutches. Two years later she was able to ride 18 miles on her bike and her MS had all but disappeared. How? She completely changed the way she eats.… Continue Reading
How do we know what happens in the brain? Technology and a little color turn out to be a great place to start. Thanks to advancements in staining and imaging technoques, neuroscientists can make neurons show and glow. Harvard researcher Jeff Lichtman has even modified a mouse to have a rainbow brain. Today’s 5…… Continue Reading
Welcome to BioDigital Human, a remarkable project that NYU researchers presented and demonstrated at TEDMED. As described by its founders, BioDigital Human is made such that Anatomical landmarks are paired with embedded education, instructive and training information. BioDigital Human is the most intuitive way to organize and navigate medical information. Check out the video below.…… Continue Reading
How would you create the future of health? One approach is to gather 1,500 of the brightest game changers in one location for an epic four day event known as TEDMED. This extraordinary conference is like stepping into an alternate reality. Mingle in the social space among chief innovation officers of giants such as Philips,…… Continue Reading
Think of TED as a marathon for your mind. Topics range from quadrotor flying robots to the abundant future of humanity; basic human rights to next-generation liquid metal batteries. And that’s just the first session.… Continue Reading
TED 2012 begins one week from today (yes!!!!). Big thinkers from around the world converge in Long Beach to experience brilliant ideas and caliber conversations. Our Creative Director, Amy Robinson, host of TEDxHuntsville and curator of the TEDx Global Music Project, will represent Sterling Health at TED. Stay tuned for a post-TED wrap up on healthsterling.com. For…… Continue Reading
Knowing where you are seems simple enough. Then again.. “How do you remember where you parked your car? How do you know if you’re moving in the right direction? Neuroscientist Neil Burgess studies the neural mechanisms that map the space around us, and how they link to memory and imagination.” <object width=”526″ height=”374″> <param name=”movie”…… Continue Reading
Being healthy is not easy. It takes work. Eating well, exercising, managing stress and remaining curious are learned habits that are easier when you have a community encouraging you. With this in mind, we are proud to introduce Healthy Huntsville, the gamified, crowd-sourced, community health initiative brought you as a collaboration between HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Sterling…… Continue Reading
In 2010 Jamie Oliver received the TEDPrize for his wish to create a food revolution. Now, two years later we are excited to share the next chapter. You’ve seen the show and heard about his aggressive public campaign to change the way kids experience food. His wish has grown into a global community of people…… Continue Reading