Monthly Archives: September 2011

Reconstruction from brain activity – YouTube

Below is a clip showing the reconstruction of video subjects where shown via MRI scanning of their brains.   Pretty remarkable.   The ‘reconstructed’ video looks odd because the reconstruction method was actually to match the brain activity against snippets … Continue reading

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Carbon Nanotubes Could Replace Rare Earth Indium in Solar Cells

A frequently voiced concern about solar energy is the dependence of solar cells on rare earth elements such as indium.  While rare earth elements are actually far more plentiful than their name suggests, it’s also encouraging to see studies showing … Continue reading

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Rat cyborg gets digital cerebellum

New Scientist covers another step towards functional neural prosthetics.  Development here will be slow and complex, but we now have sufficient proof of concept across the field to see that interfacing digital systems with out brains is quite possible.   … Continue reading

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Memory Prosthetics – Some Progress

Theodore Berger and team, who I’ve been following since describing their work in More Than Human, achieved success earlier this year in recording a rat memory during encoding, and playing it back to the rat later. This is a very … Continue reading

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30,000 Human Genomes to be Sequenced in 2011 – Exponential Growth

MIT Technology Review on the incredible rise in number of genomes sequenced per year: Exponential: The number of human beings whose entire DNA sequence is known has increased dramatically. This year, the world’s DNA-sequencing machines are expected to churn out … Continue reading

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