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Helicopter Controlled By Your Thoughts
2012-11-26 05:56:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Want to get your kids the coolest Christmas present ever? One California-based company is producing a toy helicopter controlled completely by thought -- and, yes, it is currently on track for December delivery. According to The Daily Mail, the gizmo is called the Orbit, and it is being produced by Puzzlebox in San Francisco. The London-based newspaper says that the company is touting the helicopter as "both an entertaining novelty...

3-D "Light Switch" To Better Understand How The Brain Works
2012-11-19 15:04:38

Optical Society of America New device for delivering light to individual neurons could one day help treat Parkinson's disease, epilepsy; aid understanding of consciousness, how memories form A new tool for neuroscientists delivers a thousand pinpricks of light to a chunk of gray matter smaller than a sugar cube. The new fiber-optic device, created by biologists and engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, is the first tool that can deliver precise...

Motivation Pathways In The Brain Can Fail And Cause Depression
2012-11-19 06:37:26

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers from Stanford University have isolated the neurons responsible for determining whether or not exerting effort in order to complete a task is worth the energy that said effort will require -- a discovery which could help medical professionals better deal with depression and other brain-related disorders. According to the university, many psychiatrists believe that a person's "will to act" originates from the prefrontal...

Brain Waves Translated Into Music
2012-11-15 21:48:46

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Chinese researchers at the University of Electronic Science and Technology in Chengdu, China have developed a method to transform brain waves into music that closely resembles something a human composer would write. According to their report in the open access journal PLOS ONE, they were able to use an electroencephalogram (EEG) to create the pitch and duration of a note, and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to...

2012-11-12 12:34:32

A thin, flexible electrode developed at the University of Michigan is 10 times smaller than the nearest competition and could make long-term measurements of neural activity practical at last. This kind of technology could eventually be used to send signals to prosthetic limbs, overcoming inflammation larger electrodes cause that damages both the brain and the electrodes. The main problem that neurons have with electrodes is that they make terrible neighbors. In addition to being...


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