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  • Visualized: a fish brain lights up while on the prowl (video)

    Visualized fish neurons light up while on the prowl

    Ever wonder what’s going through a fish’s mind? While we won’t develop underwater telepathy anytime soon, Saitama University can now show us the raw activity. Researchers have learned that injecting zebrafish larvae with green fluorescent protein puts on a light show whenever their neurons fire, illustrating very clearly just which brain regions are active in a given situation, such as chasing down a paramecium for food. The method is more effective and longer-lasting than using dye, and also provides further insight: scientists can clearly spot the neural path when the zebrafish spots and reacts to its prey. As the protein is relevant to humans as well, its longevity could lead to better, longer-term drug testing that shows the cause-and-effect link. Just don’t expect as much in the way of mental fireworks.

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    Via: Wired

    Source: Current Biology

  • Back to BlackBerry: one editor’s 30-day trial run

    BlackBerry 10 for 30 days

    I confess, I’m intrigued by BlackBerry 10. Surprised? So am I. It’s been easy to pre-emptively count BlackBerry out of the smartphone wars based on its performance over the last two or three years, but there’s an element of mystique and personality that have made me quite curious to give the new OS a shot. While Wednesday’s BB10 launch answered a lot of questions, it also raised a lot of new ones. Most of the mysteries revolve around its ecosystem, hardware quality, competitive advantages / disadvantages and if the platform can persuade Android and iOS users to switch. As a former Pearl and Curve owner, I want — nay, need — to determine for myself how well BlackBerry’s latest effort holds up against its rivals. Thus, I have decided to use the BlackBerry Z10 as my sole device and daily driver for thirty days.

    From now until March 3rd, I’ll experience nearly every aspect of BB10: the UI and its learning curve, its performance and battery life, BlackBerry World, the highly praised virtual keyboard and how well it can handle my work load. I’ll even use the phone at MWC, a major international trade show in which I’ll be even more dependent on my mobile than usual. Throughout this process I’ll be documenting my thoughts, feelings and emotions and deliver them in a regular series of weekly posts. By the end, we’ll see whether or not BB10 can win my heart; is it a suitable replacement for the average iOS or Android user, or does the company still has a difficult path ahead of it? Time will tell, and I’m eager to find out.

    Note: If you want to keep updated on my posts, be sure to use the “BradBerry” tag!

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  • HTC’s M4 and G2 Androids likely to launch after the M7

    HTC's midrange M4 and lowend G2 likely to launch after the M7

    Now that we know the M7 is alive and well, we can look at the other goodies that HTC is going to bring us this year. According to the pretty reliable @evleaks, two more Android phones will be launched at some point after the M7’s pre-MWC debut: a fairly powerful M4 and a low-end G2. The former’s highlights are its 4.3-inch 720p display (same as the 8X’s), a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon chip, a whopping 13-megapixel F2.0 camera (apparently the same as the M7’s) and optional LTE. On the other hand, the G2 will pack a more modest 3.5-inch 480 x 320 screen, a 1GHz processor and a 5-megapixel camera, so it’s very much just a slight upgrade from the Desire C which also runs Ice Cream Sandwich — unlike the beefier M4 with Jelly Bean. The same leakster reckons we won’t be seeing these two devices at MWC, but we’ll keep an eye out just in case.

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    Source: Unwired View

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