Monthly Archives: February 2012

Monkeys and Mind control…

Ok so I’m getting a bit too into the whole tabloid ‘sensationalist’ titles, but this article is really cool.

I recieve monthly emails from http://www.britishscienceassociation.org which tells me about new and exciting research in all domains of science, and I thought this one was just too interesting so had to share it:

New Scientist has recently published an article about a monkey calle Jianhui who can control a robot hand when he moves his own hand. They do this by implanting two sensors in his brain. Now, I’m not always pro-animal testing, but he looks pretty chill in this photo (below) with his fetching swim cap on, and gets drinks as a reward, so I think I’m ok with it.

Image: China Daily China Daily Information Corp – CDIC/Reuters)

I love research like this that shows just how much we can do with technology, and how much further work with direct brain control has come. Also, this could really help people in the future who rely on prosthetic arms to have better quality of life, which is always good.

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‘Just ONE Copy of The Daily Mail Could Ruin Your Life’

I never cease to get annoyed when my mother calls me to tell me that ANOTHER of my favourite foods/favourite drinks/bad habits will kill me/give me cancer/cause the ice caps to meltĀ  if I don’t stop doing it immediately. Unfortunately I can’t seem to stop her reading the Daily Mail…though she assures me she only buys it for the crosswords.

So this morning I was glad to some across this little gem, whose author is a fellow hater of all things ridiculous that are printed in the tabloids, everyone should read this:

http://www.thenewjournalist.co.uk/2012/02/12/just-one-copy-of-the-daily-mail-could-ruin-your-life/

And thanks to this avid blogger (neurobonkers.com) the Daily Mail won theĀ  ‘Orwellian Prize for Journalistic Misrepresentation‘ this year. Sadly they are now also the ‘most read online news website in the world’. Its a sad day for science journalism.