Finding Your Inner Cyborg
Small computer implants that read brain activity like radio waves are becoming less invasive and more effective at interfacing with computers. There are a range of commercial uses.
What's the Latest Development?
A small electrode that sits atop the brain, known as an electrocorticographic (ECoG) implant, is the latest and least invasive implant which allows scientists to better understand the brain. "The implants—usually worn for about a week—allow surgeons to study the aberrant brain patterns of patients as they go into seizure and then cut out the damaged brain tissue." The devices seems particularly effective for patients with epilepsy. Beyond health, a range of experimental and commercial uses are currently being developed.
What's the Big Idea?
Scientists developing brain implants see an opportunity to revolutionize the human experience, both in terms of medical care and day-to-day interactions. "Within the next decade, we are likely to see a new kind of implant, designed for healthy people who want to merge with machines." Potential commercial applications include commanding a prosthetic hand, iPhone, computer or car directly with your thoughts. The Army is funding research to develop a telepathic communication system to be used by soldiers on the battle field.
Giving our solar system a "slap in the face."
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Two massive clouds of dust in orbit around the Earth have been discussed for years and finally proven to exist.
- Hungarian astronomers have proven the existence of two "pseudo-satellites" in orbit around the earth.
- These dust clouds were first discovered in the sixties, but are so difficult to spot that scientists have debated their existence since then.
- The findings may be used to decide where to put satellites in the future and will have to be considered when interplanetary space missions are undertaken.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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