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Links for 2010-09-06

  • The brain speaks: Scientists decode words from brain signals
    In an early step toward letting severely paralyzed people speak with their thoughts, University of Utah researchers translated brain signals into words using two grids of 16 microelectrodes implanted beneath the skull but atop the brain.
    (tags:neuro blacklight )
  • Canadian authorities to try 3D image of child to slow drivers
    An optical illusion is about to be trialed in West Vancouver, Canada, starting September 7, to try to jolt reckless drivers into slowing down.
    (tags:tech crime psych )
  • Scientists examine possibility of a phonon laser, or ‘phaser’
    Scientists theorize that phonons, which are the smallest discrete unit of vibrational energy, can be amplified by a phonon laser to generate a highly coherent beam of sound (particularly, high-frequency ultrasound), similar to how an optical laser generates a highly coherent beam of light.
    (tags:sci tech war )
  • Who do our genes belong to?
    Investors in pharmaceutical, medical and biotechnological industries should not be able to patent genes that are identical to naturally occurring sequences, according to an Australian National University biotechnology patent expert.
    (tags:med crime )
  • Study examines association between urban living and psychotic disorders
    ""There is a substantial worldwide variation in incidence rates of schizophrenia," the authors write as background in the article. "The clearest geographic pattern within this distribution of rates is that urban areas have a higher incidence of schizophrenia than rural areas." Characteristics of neighborhoods that have been associated with an increased risk of developing psychosis include population and ethnic density, deprivation and social fragmentation or reduced social capital and cohesion…"
    (tags:psych )
  • Book Covers – Penguin Classics: (Red) Series

    (tags:design books )

  • AfroCyberPunk : Blog Archive : Tomorrow is Today
    "…the largest movie industry in Africa has joined in on the action with the July 2010 release of the sci-fi movie Kajola by Nigerian director Niyi Akinmolayan. "Kajola is the Yoruba word for commonwealth. In the year 2059, Nigeria becomes a totalitarian state. After a second civil war, the rich relocate to the Island areas of Lagos state and turn it into an ultra modern city. The war torn mainland of lagos state is disconnected and abandoned. A rebel leader, Allen learns of a plot codenamed Kajola to build cities on the mainland and eliminate the remaining survivors…""
    (tags:film )
  • BLDGBLOG: Hydromania
    "Set in a drought-stricken world "several decades into the future," run by "water corporations from China, Japan and the Ukraine," it follows the science fictionalized path of a "maverick water engineer"…"
    (tags:books )
  • Holding Tide: The Connectome and Data-Driven Biology
    "Sebastian Seung at MIT is one of the foremost researchers in the field of connectomics– the branch of neuroscience dedicated to reconstructing the complete circuit diagram of the human brain…"
    (tags:sci neuro med )
  • Hallucinogen can safely ease anxiety in advanced-stage cancer patients: study
    "In the first human study of its kind to be published in more than 35 years, researchers found psilocybin, an hallucinogen which occurs naturally in "magic mushrooms," can safely improve the moods of patients with advanced-stage cancer and anxiety, according to an article published online today in the Archives of General Psychiatry."
    (tags:drugs neuro med )

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