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UK Scientific Group To Study Ethics Of Neurotechnologies
2012-03-01 14:43:37

The same technology currently used to help stimulate parts of the brain and help stroke, dementia, and depression patients could be adapted to create weapons that can be fired with a single thought and other non-medical purposes, leading a prominent group of British scientists to open an investigation into the ethical, social, and legal issues surrounding what they refer to as "novel neurotechnologies." One type of this technology, known as deep brain stimulation (DBS), is currently used...

2011-11-04 20:53:43

A hard probe inserted in the cerebral cortex of a rat model turns nearly as pliable as the surrounding gray matter in minutes, and induces less of the tough scarring that walls off hard probes that do not change, researchers at Case Western Reserve University have found. In the first test of the nanocomposite probe inspired by the dynamic skin of the sea cucumber, the immune response differed compared to that of a metal probe, and appeared to enable the brain to heal faster. The...

Scientists Implant Robot Brain Into Rat
2011-09-28 07:43:26

Just like right out of a Mary Shelley´s Frankenstein novel, Israeli researchers have created a robot brain in which they implanted into the skull of a rat with brain damage allowing it to function normally again. Matti Mintz of Tel Aviv University in Israel worked with colleagues to build the rodent-sized artificial cerebellum consisting of a computer chip that is electrically wired into the rat´s brain with electrodes. Since the cerebellum is responsible for coordinating...

2011-06-20 07:37:30

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A new brain implant may one day be used to reactivate paralyzed limbs. Researchers at the University of Michigan developed the brain implant, which is called the BioBolt. It uses the body's skin like a conductor to wirelessly transmit the brain's neural signals to control a computer. According to the researchers, this brain implant is minimally invasive and low power, unlike other neural interface technologies that establish a connection from the brain to an external...

2011-05-16 14:42:38

Computer games are not just for kids. New research published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation, a BioMed Central open access journal, shows that computer games can speed up and improve a patient's recovery from paralysis after a stroke. It is often difficult for stroke victims to recover hand and arm movement, and 80-90% of sufferers still have problems six months later. Scientists in America looked at a group of people who had impaired use of one arm after a stroke and found...

2011-04-19 22:52:36

Jamie Tyler, assistant professor in the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute and the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been invited to speak at a Royal Society of London high level workshop on May 11-12 on the security implications of advances in neuroscience. The workshop is part of a four-part policy study on neuroscience and society called Brain Waves. This third module, entitled Neuroscience, conflict and security...

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2011-03-25 10:45:44

Demonstrating an important milestone for the longevity and utility of implanted brain-computer interfaces, a woman with tetraplegia using the investigational BrainGate* system continued to control a computer cursor accurately through neural activity alone more than 1,000 days after receiving the BrainGate implant, according to a team of physicians, scientists, and engineers developing and testing the technology at Brown University, the Providence VA Medical Center, and Massachusetts General...


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