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We seem to be getting stupider and population ageing may be why
A fair idea: changes in memory changes as we age may explain the falling IQ trendTim Graham/robertharding/REX/ShutterstockBy Sally AdeeWe’re getting stupider – and our ageing population may be to blame....
Intermittent electrical brain stimulation improves memory
Intermittent electrical stimulation of an area deep inside the brain that degenerates in Alzheimer's appears to improve working memory, scientists report. Conversely, continuous deep brain stimulation,...
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
AMD Vega has been on the tip of our tongues since its grand introduction at CES 2017. Now, after more than half of a year, it’s finally here with one of its first cards, the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64.The...
Best USB flash drives 2017
USB memory sticks (or flash drives as they're often known) are essential to how we consume data on our PCs these days, and to help you choose what kind of USB storage is right for you, we've put together...
The best RAM deals in July 2017
Looking for an easy upgrade to make your PC or laptop faster? More RAM, or Random Access Memory, might be just the thing you’re looking for. An extra pinch of memory can make your computer much more capable...
Controlling memory by triggering specific brain waves during sleep
Scientists at the Center for Cognition and Sociality, within the Institute for Basic Science (IBS), enhanced or reduced mouse memorization skills by modulating specific synchronized brain waves during...
Toshiba taps consortium as preferred bidder for memory business sale
Troubled Japanese conglomerate Toshiba on Wednesday announced it has selected a consortium led by the public-private Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (INCJ) as a preferred bidder for its prized...
MacBook 2017 vs MacBook 2016: what’s changed?
While the new iMacs and iMac Pro might have gotten the lion’s share of attention from WWDC, the new MacBook saw a few important updates.It might look the same between the identical chassis and screen,...
Storing a memory involves distant parts of the brain
The thalamus is best known as a relay center that passes incoming sensory information to other parts of the brain for processing. But clinical findings suggested that certain parts of the thalamus might...
LIGO could detect gravitational waves’ permanent space-time warp
These ripples may leave memoriesR. Hurt/Caltech-JPLBy Leah CraneLike a sweater stretched too often by wide shoulders, space-time can be permanently warped by the gravitational waves that constantly ripple...
Forget hard drives! This computer can store over 6,000 Blu-rays in memory
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has just taken the wraps off what it claims is the world’s largest single-memory computer – a prototype from ‘The Machine’ research project.This line of research is all...
Study expands understanding of how the brain encodes fear memory
Research on 'fear memory' could lead to the development of therapies that reduce the effects of PTSD, which affects 7 percent of the US population. The researchers found that a population of hippocampal...
Estrogen alters memory circuit function in women with gene variant
Fluctuations in estrogen triggered atypical functioning in a key brain memory circuit in women with a common version of a gene. Brain scans revealed altered circuit activity linked to changes in the sex...
Brain stimulation during training boosts performance
New research shows that working memory training combined with a kind of noninvasive brain stimulation can lead to cognitive improvement under certain conditions. Improving working memory or cognitive strategies...
Machine learning shows exactly when to zap brain to boost memory
Picking up brain signalsZEPHYR/Science Photo LibraryBy Lefteris ApostolakisStruggling to remember something? An electrical jolt deep in the brain might help – if it is given at the right time. To discover...
Memory business sale 'absolutely key' for Toshiba to turn things around
In February, the Nikkei business daily reported that Toshiba asked bidders to peg the memory unit's operations' value at 2 trillion yen (about $18.26 billion) or more. Kazunori Ito, a senior equity analyst...
There’s a Samsung Galaxy S8 with 6GB of RAM – but no you can’t have it
Though the guts inside Samsung's finally unveiled Galaxy S8 are nothing to sniff at, folks eager for a more powerful version of the handset might be in luck...if they book a plane ticket first.Samsung...
Nvidia delivers new and improved Titan Xp—3,840 cores, 550GB/s memory bandwidth
Enlarge reader comments 27 Share this story Nvidia has quietly released the Titan Xp, an updated version of 2016's Pascal Titan X which was colloquially and soon confusingly referred to as the Titan XP....
Xbox One Project Scorpio specs: 12GB GDDR5, 6 teraflops, native 4K at 60FPS
reader comments 52 Share this story Project Scorpio has access to 12GB of 6.8GHz GDDR5 RAM. The Project Scorpio motherboard. Ooooh. The various major new components in Project Scorpio. Apparently every...
Full speed ahead with DDR5: faster RAM is on the horizon
Faster DDR5 system memory is now in the pipeline, with the new standard expected to be officially introduced next year, to be followed by memory sticks which will offer a major boost in terms of performance...
Next-generation DDR5 RAM will double the speed of DDR4 in 2018
Enlargematerod on flickr reader comments 6 Share this story You may have just upgraded your computer to use DDR4 recently or you may still be using DDR3, but in either case, nothing stays new forever....
Improving memory with magnets
The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives -- without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research...
Intel’s first Optane SSD for regular PCs is a small but super-fast cache
reader comments 48 Share this story Intel's Optane Memory is a 16GB or 32GB drive that can serve as a fast cache for an HDD or SSD. Intel "Intel Optane Memory ready" motherboards are available already....
Intel Optane Memory looks to give traditional hard drives a serious speed boost
Hard drives are getting a much deserved kick in the pants with Intel’s new Optane Memory.The processor maker claims its newest technology will give old-school spinning drives solid-state drive-like (SSD)...
Intel’s first Optane SSD: 375GB that you can also use as RAM
A 3D XPoint wafer.Intel reader comments 23 Share this story Intel announced today the first Optane-branded product using its new 3D XPoint memory: the catchily named Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X. It's a...
The best USB flash drives 2017
USB memory sticks (or flash drives as they're often known) are essential to how we consume data on our PCs these days, and to help you choose what kind of USB sotrage is right for you, we've put together...
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti review: The fastest graphics card, again
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 59 Share this story Specs at a glance: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti CUDA CORES 3584 TEXTURE UNITS 224 ROPS 88 CORE CLOCK 1,480MHz BOOST CLOCK 1,1582MHz MEMORY BUS WIDTH...
Super-sized memory is trainable and long lasting
The ability to perform astonishing feats of memory, such as remembering lists of several dozen words, can be learned, researchers report. After 40 days using a strategic memory improvement technique, individuals...
How to train your brain to be like a memory champion’s
Total recallWENN Ltd/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Sam WongBecoming a memory champion is easier than you think. The techniques mnemonists use to memorise hundreds of words or digits in minutes can be learned by...
AMD targets Xeon CPU with Zen-based Naples
Following the big splash AMD caused with its Ryzen processors, the firm has now revealed initial details on its ‘Naples’ CPUs destined for servers and data centres.These processors are built on the same...
AMD Naples server processor: More cores, bandwidth, memory than Intel
reader comments 13 Share this story A Zen Core Complex. AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD AMD Hot on the heels of the launch of its Ryzen desktop processors last week, AMD today announced...
Neurons recall place-related memories if you just get close
Enlarge / Fear is the mind killerLaLumiere Lab, University of Iowa reader comments 0 Share this story Place cells in the hippocampus are known to encode memories associated with a specific location. However,...
To keep US jobs, chipmakers share factory and pin hopes on Trump
Robots glide along the ceiling, moving silicon wafers the size of dinner plates between hulking machines that deposit and etch microscopic layers of material to build the most advanced memory chips in...
To keep US jobs, chip makers share a factory and pin hopes on Trump
Nestled at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains here, the IM Flash plant is a paragon of American high-tech manufacturing. Robots glide along the ceiling, moving silicon wafers the size of dinner plates...
Serious Cloudflare bug exposed a potpourri of secret customer data
Acid the meme machine reader comments 3 Share this story Cloudflare, a service that helps optimize the security and performance of more than 5.5 million websites, warned customers today that a recently...
Scientists find way to erase painful memories
Fear-based memories in mice were successfully activated and erased by Canadian researchers, who over-produced a particular brain protein that flags up which neurons are being used to form a bad memory.Although...
The best movies to stream on Valentine's Day 2017
Most of us have had relationships that ended in heartbreak, so if a company came along with the technology to delete a person from your memory forever, would you do it? That's the premise of Eternal Sunshine...
Newly discovered flaw undermines HTTPS connections for almost 1,000 sites
Enlarge reader comments 7 Share this story Encrypted connections established by at least 949 of the top 1 million websites are leaking potentially sensitive data because of a recently discovered software...
Kaspersky Finds New Malware Designed to Stay Invisible in Memory
NEWS ANALYSIS: Kaspersky Lab has discovered a new strain of malware that hides in memory and trusted applications while it stealthily steals sensitive data. A new breed of malware found by Kaspersky...
Nvidia or AMD: Who makes the best budget graphics card?
EnlargeMark Walton reader comments 10 Share this story What constitutes a "budget" graphics card? I'd argue that it's anything that costs less than £250/$250. Although—as evidenced by the, uhh, constructive...
Recycled eggshells can be used for next-gen data storage
A cracking idea?Ursula Alter/GettyBy Abigail BeallIf you want to make a computer, you’ve got to break a few eggs. A new data storage device made from crushed-up eggshells could possibly lead the way to...
Random access memory on a low energy diet
Memory chips are among the most basic components in computers. The random access memory is where processors temporarily store their data, which is a crucial function. Researchers have now managed to lay...
Half of people "remember" events that never happened
Ever find yourself caught up in a vivid memory of an event that, you later realize with confusion, didn’t really happen the way you thought? According to new research by psychologists at the University...
Brain blocks new memory formation on waking to safeguard consolidation of existing memories
During consolidation, the brain produces new proteins that strengthen fragile memory traces. However, if a new experience occurs while an existing memory trace is being consolidated, the new stimuli could...
How technology is changing what we remember
I’m supposed to be making sure I can use the term ‘down with the fourth wall’ in the context I want to. But within a few seconds I’ve found an article titled ‘25 Classic Moments When Movies Broke the...
We may be able to tap into our memories from infancy
If only we could remember…Hashir Abdulla/EyeEm/GettyBy Jessica HamzelouYou probably can’t remember life as a 2-year-old. But memory traces from our earliest years might stay in our brains, ready to be...
What can Google tell us about 'the memory web' in the brain?
Associations are a key memory mechanism - to remember personal experiences like meeting a person in a place, we create associations between the concepts involved. A research team used internet search engines...
Thanks for the memory: How cheap RAM changes computing
reader comments 31 Share this story A wafer of 3D NAND chips (OK, it isn't DRAM, but it's very pretty.) An early Micron DRAM die, with a capacity of around 1 megabit. ZeptoBars A completed 1-megabit Carl...
The 10 best graphics cards in the world
On PC, choosing the right graphics card, or GPU, for your build can be the difference between barely managing 30 frames-per-second (fps) at the lowest settings and pulling off the latest 4K, triple-A...
8GB of RAM? It could be ready in time for Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung announced today that it is introducing a new generation of dynamic random-access memory (DRAM) packages capable of 8GB LPDDR4 DRAM for mobile devices - both a first of its kind and a potential...
Flaw in Intel chips could make malware attacks more potent
Enlarge reader comments 8 Share this story Researchers have devised a technique that bypasses a key security protection built into just about every operating system. If left unfixed, this could make malware...
Gen-Z Consortium to Develop New Memory Interconnect
The new alliance, founded by the likes of IBM, Dell EMC, HPE, ARM and AMD, says the new open architecture will better link systems and memory. A group of industry heavyweights, including Dell EMC, Hewlett...
DeepMind’s AI has learned to navigate the Tube using memory
How do I get there quickly?Photofusion/Getty By Chris BaraniukMemory: upgraded. DeepMind’s latest AI has a “working memory” so that it can learn how to solve tasks for itself – such as how best to get...
Google's next Chrome update will make it less RAM hungry
Google’s Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers around because it offers a host of appealing features, but that doesn’t make it perfect, so the latest update is very welcome. One of the most irritating...
Keeping your synapses sharp: How spermidine reverses age-related memory decline
Synapses, connecting the neurons in our brains, continuously encode new memories, but the ability to form new memories ("learning") diminishes drastically for many of us as we get older. Researchers found...
In depth: Do we really need expandable memory on our phones any more?
Everyone wants more storage on their phone, but the cost seems too high. Apple is constantly lambasted for not having expandable memory ports in its iPhones – but now that we have a 256GB iPhone, and access...
Fujitsu Makes GPUs More Efficient for Machine Learning, AI
New technology developed by Fujitsu Labs is designed to help neural networks scale and learn more quickly by streamlining GPU internal memory. Engineers at Fujitsu Laboratories are focusing on the memory...
iPhone passcode bypassed with NAND mirroring attack
EnlargeSergei Skorobogatov/YouTube reader comments 29 Share this story Passcodes on iPhones can be hacked using store-bought electronic components worth less than $100 (£77), according to one Cambridge...
Leaked specs show that Nvidia's GTX 1080 Ti has the Titan X factor
Want to know how powerful Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be? Well, handily enough the spec of the juiced-up 1080 has been leaked.According to the spillage of details which was spotted by OC3D thanks...
Apple Introduces Water Resistant iPhone 7 Without Headphone Jack
NEWS ANALYSIS: The latest version of the iPhone offers some improvements, but at the same price as before. The new features should be useful to business buyers. Apple has made some bold changes to the...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark