Two interresting articles on consciousness, something that actually may not even be a tangible thing. But more the illusion of a more complex system which might not be that coherent.
I also didn't see it as a big news before but IBM is starting a project to simulate a brain in one of their most powerful computer. Something that Kurzweil expected to happen around now (and be real in about a decade or 2). We'll push the limits further of what can be and cannot be done...