The Birth of Biological Machines
Computers may become biological before humans go cyborg since adding computer chips to someone's brain is a long way away, but adding neurons to a computer may be just around the corner.
Fusing man with machine may not yet involve implanting computer chips into the body, but it might include combining nerve cells with semiconductors. "Researchers have just added nerve cells to specially-constructed semi-conductors, and the results seem to indicate that one day, biological nerve cells will be strung through computers. We won't put the ghost in the machine—we'll put the meat in it. This particular step in human/machine evolution was taken at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Researchers constructed little tubes of silicon and germanium."
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Turns out pushups are more telling than treadmill tests when it comes to cardiovascular health.
- Men who can perform 40 pushups in one minute are 96 percent less likely to have cardiovascular disease than those who do less than 10.
- The Harvard study focused on over 1,100 firefighters with a median age of 39.
- The exact results might not be applicable to men of other age groups or to women, researchers warn.
On Thursday, New Zealand moved to ban an array of semi-automatic guns and firearms components following a mass shooting that killed 50 people.
- Gun control supporters are pointing to the ban as an example of swift, decisive action that the U.S. desperately needs.
- Others note the inherent differences between the two nations, arguing that it is a good thing that it is relatively hard to pass such legislation in such a short timeframe.
- The ban will surely shape future conversations about gun control in the U.S.
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