Biotech Breakthrough: Monkeys can feel virtual objects using a brain implant As long as they figure out which areas to stimulate those problems can be solved with neuro-optics. It works by inserting a gene into the target neurons that makes them fire when exposed to a specific frequency of light. So instead of having to physically insert pieces of metal into the brain they place small laser diodes on the outside of the brain and fire them through the intervening tissue without actually harming it. Since no parts of the device is in direct contact with the brain it can be replaced, or upgraded, without worrying about permanently damage to the brain itself. Been successfully done in animals, but obviously anything that requires genetic engineering of neurons obviously have to make their way through a couple miles of red tape before they can even be tried on humans, so they have still barely entered human testing afaik. Still, it's a very promising technology.
Immersive Cocoon // Step Into The Future Directed & 3D CG by Oliver Zeller, Video Courtesy of I-Cocoon The world of interfaces continues to evolve and surprise us. We still think of it as something we can hold, fold and place in our bag to carry anywhere. Image Courtesy of I-Cocoon The Immersive Cocoon opens its hatch silently and extends a small set of stairs that helps you move into this 360 degree display covering the entire interior walls. The Cocoon's potential extends beyond leisure and into education, productivity, training and other uses that would benefit from this immersive technology. sources: I-Cocoon, NAU
A Brain-to-Brain Interface for Real-Time Sharing of Sensorimotor Information : Scientific Reports In our training paradigm, animals learned basic elements of the tasks prior to participating in any BTBI experiments. First, prospective encoder rats were trained to respond to either tactile or visual stimuli until they reached 95% correct trials accuracy. Meanwhile, decoder rats were trained to become proficient while receiving ICMS as a stimulus. The next phase of training began with the encoder rat performing ~10 trials of the motor or tactile task, which were used to construct a cortical ensemble template, i.e. the mean cortical neuronal activity for one of the responses. In experiment 1 (Figure 1), encoder rats (N = 3) pressed one of two levers after an LED on top of the lever was turned on. A) Performance of encoder and decoder animals during transfer of motor information via a BTBI. Full size image (222 KB) The primary factor that influenced the decoder rat's performance was the quality of spatial information extracted from the encoder rat's M1. Full size image (314 KB)
How Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil Promotes Good Oral Health Coconut oil is good for your oral health. Oil pulling therapy using coconut oil can clean the mouth of bacteria and toxins and cure bad breath. The therapy involves swishing oil in your mouth for 15 up to 20 minutes every day. Coconut oil is made of 90% saturated fats and few parts of unsaturated fatty acids. Coconut oil helps prevent fungi and yeasts that cause ringworm, rash, thrush, and other infections. How Oil Pulling Restores Health Coconut oil cures. Oil pulling with coconut oil is a wonderful therapy. Oil pulling is an effective method of detoxification and healing in natural medicine, Dr. The swishing of oil activates enzymes and draws toxins out of the blood. How to Do “Oil Pulling” Therapy Oil pulling is just one of the uses of virgin coconut oil. Before taking any solid or liquid in the morning, pour one tablespoon of virgin coconut oil into the mouth. After a while, the oil starts to get watery and then liquidy. Reference: "Pulling Oil – The Oil Treatment of Dr.
James Parry Photo of Kibo, circa 1989 "Kibo Inside", a parody sticker produced by Parry. James Parry (born July 13, 1967), commonly known by his nickname and username Kibo /ˈkaɪboʊ/, is a Usenetter known for his sense of humor, various surrealist net pranks, an absurdly long .signature, and a machine-assisted knack for "kibozing": joining any thread in which "kibo" was mentioned. His exploits have earned him a multitude of enthusiasts, who celebrate him as the head deity of the parody religion kibology, centered on the humor newsgroup alt.religion.kibology. Background Growing fame He became known on Usenet for grepping all occurrences of the term "Kibo"—whether intended to refer to Kibo himself or not—and replying, often in a fanciful manner. Mary Rose Campbell wrote: >At CMU, we also have something called Gray Matter in the center of Skibo >(our student union substitute). This practice became known as kibozing. ********* HAPPYNET: THE NET THAT'S HAPPIER THAN YOU! References
Emotiv Lifescience by Nick Wasko on Prezi Non-Invasive Brain-to-Brain Interface (BBI): Establishing Functional Links between Two Brains Transcranial focused ultrasound (FUS) is capable of modulating the neural activity of specific brain regions, with a potential role as a non-invasive computer-to-brain interface (CBI). In conjunction with the use of brain-to-computer interface (BCI) techniques that translate brain function to generate computer commands, we investigated the feasibility of using the FUS-based CBI to non-invasively establish a functional link between the brains of different species (i.e. human and Sprague-Dawley rat), thus creating a brain-to-brain interface (BBI). The implementation was aimed to non-invasively translate the human volunteer’s intention to stimulate a rat’s brain motor area that is responsible for the tail movement. The volunteer initiated the intention by looking at a strobe light flicker on a computer display, and the degree of synchronization in the electroencephalographic steady-state-visual-evoked-potentials (SSVEP) with respect to the strobe frequency was analyzed using a computer.
How to store the world’s data on DNA Storage cost for DNA vs. tape (credit: Nick Goldman et al./Nature) Researchers at the EMBL-European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) have created a way to store data in the form of DNA — a material that lasts for tens of thousands of years. The new method, published in the journal Nature, makes it possible to store at least 100 million hours of high-definition video in about a cup of DNA. There is a lot of digital information in the world — about three zettabytes’ worth (that’s 3000 billion billion bytes) — and the constant influx of new digital content poses a real challenge for archivists. Hard disks are expensive and require a constant supply of electricity, while even the best “no-power” archiving materials such as magnetic tape degrade within a decade. “We already know that DNA is a robust way to store information because we can extract it from wooly mammoth bones, which date back tens of thousands of years, and make sense of it,” explains Nick Goldman of EMBL-EBI. How to write DNA
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