Researchers develop new model to observe self-optimization phenomenon in neuronal networks

Researchers at the Cyber-Physical Systems Group at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, in conjunction with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, have developed a new model of how information deep in the brain could flow from one network to another and how these neuronal network clusters self-optimize over time.

Their work, chronicled in the paper “Network Science Characteristics of Brain-Derived Neuronal Cultures Deciphered From Quantitative Phase Imaging Data,” is believed to be the first study to observe this self-optimization phenomenon in in vitro neuronal networks, and counters existing models. Their findings can open new research directions for biologically inspired artificial intelligence, detection of brain cancer and diagnosis and may contribute to or inspire new Parkinson’s treatment strategies.

The team examined the structure and evolution of neuronal networks in the brains of mice and rats in order to identify the connectivity patterns.

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‘Killing Eve’ Licensing Plan Hatched At IMG In Deal With AMC Networks, Sid Gentle Films

AMC Networks and Sid Gentle Films have made IMG the exclusive worldwide licensing representative for Killing Eve as the BBC America breakout looks to extend its brand across fashion, beauty, travel and other categories.

It will be the first consumer product and licensing foray for the spy thriller, with potential deals for fashion products, apparel, accessories and beauty as well as travel and games, both areas suited to the show. AMC Networks controls merchandise and licensing rights for Killing Eve, while Sid Gentle Films has them for the rest of world. 

Produced by Sid Gentle and distributed by IMG corporate sibling Endeavor Content, Killing Eve follows Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer. Since premiering on BBC America in 2018, it has gone on to win awards and airs in more than 140 countries.

“In Killing Eve, the sharpness of the dialogue, and the quality of the performances has always been matched

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