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Spinal cord bypass

For the first time ever, a paralyzed man can move his fingers and hand with his own thoughts thanks to an innovative partnership between The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Battelle.

Ian Burkhart, a 23-year-old quadriplegic from Dublin, Ohio, is the first patient to use Neurobridge, an electronic neural bypass for spinal cord injuries that reconnects the brain directly to muscles, allowing voluntary and functional control of a paralyzed limb. Burkhart is the first of a potential five participants in a clinical study.

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The people is not everyone who speaks our language, nor yet the elect marked by the fiery stamp of genius. Not by birth, not by the work of one’s hands, not by the wings of education is one elected into the people.


But by one’s inner self.


Everyone forges his inner self year after year.
One must try to temper, to cut, to polish one’s soul so as to become a human being.
And thereby become a tiny particle of one’s own people.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The First Circle

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Gut instincts: The secrets of your second brain

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When it comes to your moods, decisions and behaviour, the brain in your head is not the only one doing the thinking

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IT’S been a tough morning. You were late for work, missed a crucial meeting and now your boss is mad at you. Come lunchtime you walk straight past the salad bar and head for the stodge. You can’t help yourself - at times of stress the brain encourages us to seek out comfort foods. That much is well known. What you probably don’t know, though, is that the real culprit may not be the brain in your skull but your other brain.

Yes, that’s right, your other brain. Your body contains a separate nervous system that is so complex it has been dubbed the second brain. It comprises an estimated 500 million neurons - about five times as many as in the brain of a rat - and is around 9 metres long, stretching from your oesophagus to your anus. It is this brain that could be responsible for your craving under stress for crisps, chocolate and cookies.

Embedded in the wall of the gut, the enteric nervous system (ENS) has long been known to control digestion. Now it seems it also plays an important role in our physical and mental well-being. It can work both independently of and in conjunction with the brain in your head and, although you are not conscious of your gut “thinking”, the ENS helps you sense environmental threats, and then influences your response. “A lot of the information that the gut sends to the brain affects well-being, and doesn’t even come to consciousness,” says Michael Gershon at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York.

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Biologically extended senses are likely to go mainstream in 2023

A predictive planning organization within the federal government, compiled these and other emerging technology predictions through consulting with experts in a project called MetaScan 3: Emerging Technologies. As part of the report, the group partnered with futurist and data visualization specialist Michell Zappa and his organization Envisioning.

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Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/emerging-technologies-that-will-change-the-world-2014-4

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A #glutamate free diet reported to remove #autism symptoms. As glutamate is one of the most widespread excitatory neurotransmitter, misregulation of this molecule may cause disorders of the neural spectrum. Trying to remove Sodium Glutamate, MSG (Е621, Е631) from daily diet positively effect health state. Industrial food manufacturers market and use MSG as a flavor enhancer because it balances, blends and rounds the total perception of other tastes.

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Resonance loops using tCS neurofeedback

In physics, resonance is the tendency of a system to oscillate with greater amplitude at some frequencies than at others. Frequencies at which the response amplitude is a relative maximum are known as the system’s resonant frequencies, or resonance frequencies. At these frequencies, even small periodic driving forces can produce large amplitude oscillations, because the system stores vibrational energy. Resonance occurs when a system is able to store and easily transfer energy between two or more different storage modes (such as kinetic energy and potential energy in the case of a pendulum)

Similarly, one could conjecture, if we force brain dynamics with a magical frequency or otherwise properly designed waveform we may entrain and amplify certain rhythms

Although nobody was really asking for it at the time, these thoughts provided an important element in the decision to create a device capable of stimulating and recording EEG simultaneously. Could we use it to study such resonance effects? More generally, could we envision open or closed-loop applications that would allow for “smart” EEG-driven stimulation?

A related phenomenon is stochastic resonance, which may play a role in the effect of tRNS. Basically, adding noise to a non-linear system may make it more likely to resonate. This is a phenomenon in the realm of non-linear dynamics (and the brain is definitely non-linear!).

This and some other interesting comments could be found on the topic written on Neuroelectrics Posted by Giulio Ruffini

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Transcendence

Working full-time on trying to emulate neural connectivity patterns, I still don’t really know If I’m contributing to a right direction of human development. Apart from valuable opportunities in health care, trans-humanism as depicted in the “transcendence” film poses a real threats on our relationships as we know them.

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Aiutico Cards

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On the 2nd of February 2014 we launched an experimental project called #Aiutico as a part of our User Research program to understanding emerging behaviors of the artistically-conscious audience.

At aiutico.com anyone can order postcards and receive it for free via regular mail service. Aiutico…

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