Biology

The Emotional Brain

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by Alyssa Khoo Abstract Emotions play one of the most integral roles in human experience and yet are often considered one of the most enigmatic to explain scientifically.[1] Evolutionarily speaking, emotions contribute greatly to the ability to survive. For instance, fear would trigger an almost instantaneous ‘fight or flight’ response to allow an individual to […]

Biology

To Sleep or Not To Sleep?

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Hiu Yu Wong Try explaining the state of sleeping to an alien. “We spend a third of our lives lying down without perceiving the environment around us, and sometimes there’ll be imaginary stories happening in our head…” Indeed, the act of sleeping sounds absurd and impractical. Why do we waste our time on our bed […]

Biology

AI and biological consciousness – is there a connection?

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Lucy Chen Artificial intelligence has existed since the 1950s, and underpins all technology in modern society. From monitoring Amazon transactions to self-driving cars, almost every product used today runs on intelligent machines. One of the most recognisable systems of artificial intelligence is the artificial neural network (ANN), which is loosely modelled after the animal neocortex- […]