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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...
False memories arise because the brain codes similar ideas similarly
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center reader comments 8 Share this story Recent advances in imaging have revealed that false memories can be held by the very same cells that hold accurate ones,...
Laptops using Intel's next budget processors will suffer from one big flaw
Notebook manufacturers producing machines powered by Apollo Lake CPUs are turning to soldered-on system memory in a bid to make these laptops as svelte as possible.Of course, this quest for thin devices...
Mystery of déjà vu explained – it’s how we check our memories
Looks familiar…Daniel Högberg/plainpictureBy Jessica HamzelouFeel like you’ve read this before? Most of us have experienced the eerie familiarity of déjà vu, and now the first brain scans of this phenomenon...
Parents giving unproven IQ-boosting drugs to kids with Down's
Prozac memory boost?plainpicture/MaskotBy Clare WilsonDRUGS that change the chemistry and structure of the brain could boost the intelligence of people with Down’s syndrome. Several compounds have improved...
Seagate’s new 60TB SSD is world’s largest
reader comments 19 Share this story Seagate has unveiled the world's largest SSD: a 60-terabyte monster. Pricing isn't available, but the company says the drive will provide "the lowest cost per gigabyte...
How to quickly check your Mac for errors
Whenever an app quits unexpectedly, or your Mac restarts after freezing, you would probably like to run a quick check to reassure yourself that there's nothing more serious wrong with it.You could restart...
Toshiba Debuts Flashmatrix at 2016 Flash Memory Summit
Flashmatrix is aimed specifically at the growing need for real time/streaming analytics in distributed systems targeted at high data-intensive applications. Toshiba America Electronic Components, which...
AMD unveils Radeon Pro SSG graphics card with up to 1TB of M.2 flash memory
reader comments 19 Share this story While graphics cards with more than 8GB of memory might seem like overkill to gamers, those in the creative industries like VFX and 3D modelling can't get enough of...
What Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is more afraid of than screwing up his $438 billion company
VISIT CNBC.COMX The Definitive Guide to Business The Definitive Guide to BusinessWhat Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is more afraid of than screwing up his $438 billion company Catherine Clifford Friday,...
Fighting fake news: how Google, Facebook and others are trying to stop it
Tech giants like Google, Facebook and Wikipedia are undertaking a concerted effort to crack down on the dissemination of fake news. While some may cry “fake news” to any story they disagree with, fake...
Facebook is using a familiar strategy in its original video push: Youth first
Partnering with companies whose often-irreverent content is targeted at millennials makes sense for anyone who's ever visited Facebook's home offices in Menlo Park, California. Walking around the company's...
Facebook can be cable for the next generation: Ben Lehrer
Facebook could become the next generation's version of cable if it continues to encourage digital media companies to make video content, said Ben Lehrer, CEO of Group Nine Media. "We're in a pretty interesting...
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