Protecting our brain power from being coveted
Dictating a text just by thinking about it Expanding your memory with brain implants Creating memories in a mouses brain While these innovations are still at the experimental stage they are no longer in the realm of science fiction Advances in our understanding of the brains mechanisms are now making possible what seemed unthinkable only a short while ago While this progress holds great promise for the treatment of certain diseases it also raises important ethical questions In its latest report UNESCOs International Bioethics Committee warns of the possible infringement of human rights that the use of these new technologies entails
In China, new hope for the “children of the stars”
Advances in neuroscience combined with the neurochemical powers of acupuncture offer new hope for treating autistic children in China referred to as children of the stars
Crime: Does brain scan evidence work?
Neurotechnology has made it possible to considerably improve lie detection techniques Although these devices are becoming increasingly accurate they raise numerous legal and ethical questions Evidence derived from the observation of the brain has been ruled inadmissible by most courts around the world
African neuroscience: Desperately seeking diversity
The field of neuroscience remains largely dominated by industrialized countries Africa could still make a significant contribution to global research provided that new policies are put in place to stimulate scientific innovation on the continent