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Seeing With Your Ears
2013-07-09 05:51:30

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A new device that trains the brain to convert sounds into images could someday be used as a non-invasive treatment for blind and partially sighted people, according to researchers at the University of Bath. Sensory substitution devices (SSDs) aim to compensate for the loss of a sensory modality, typically vision, by converting information from the lost modality into stimuli in a remaining modality. The device in the current...

LED Implants Light Up The Brain
2013-04-12 05:57:47

[ Watch the Video: Tiny Injectable LEDs Help Neuroscientists Study the Brain ] redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have developed a new class of tiny, injectable devices that are helping neuroscientists unlock the mysteries of the human brain. The ultrathin, flexible optoelectronic devices, which include LEDs the size of individual neurons, are an exciting advancement in the field of optogenetics, a new area of neuroscience that uses light to...

2013-03-31 23:03:38

New Study to Examine Impact of Medtronic Neurostimulation Therapy on Predominant Low Back Pain Stockbridge, Georgia (PRWEB) March 31, 2013 Pain Care, LLC is now enrolling patients to participate in PROMISE, a Prospective, Randomized Study of Multicolumn Implantable Lead Stimulation for Predominant Low Back Pain. PROMISE is the first-ever, large-scale study comparing the effectiveness of Medtronic neurostimulation therapy plus optimal medical management (OMM) to the administration of OMM...

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...

Rhesus Monkeys Used To Test Cybernetic Implant
2012-09-17 04:21:13

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Scientists are developing an implant that can allow them to manipulate the neural activity of rhesus monkeys, allowing them to help regain lost decision-making processes in the primates and providing a technological device which could someday help those suffering from dementia, stroke, cerebral injury or various brain diseases. A team of researchers hailing from the University of Southern California (USC), the University of...


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  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'