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Wikipedia Gets More Legit

Earlier this week, The Society for Neuroscience launched the Neuroscience Wikipedia Initiative, a call for neuroscientists around the world to “harness the power of Wikipedia and support the Society’s mission of promoting public education about neuroscience.” We all know that wikipedia is “not a reputable source.” But I must admit that, when curiosity strikes, wikiing … Continue reading

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Cyborg Beetles

Researchers at UC Berkeley have engineered a biomechanical remote-controlled beetle. By implanting tiny electrodes into the insect’s brain and muscles, they are able take control of all of it’s natural movements. check out a picture of one in this Discover article:http://discovermagazine.com/2009/may/30-the-pentagons-beetle-borgs The research is funded by the “Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency,” a sector of … Continue reading

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What do Pablo Picasso and Jonas Salk have in common?

Apart from revolutionizing the respective fields these two gentlemen worked in: Françoise Gilot.  Gilot met Picasso when he was an old man, had two children with him and after a 9 year relationship she became one of the few women who would dump him. Yes, Pablo Picasso was dumped.  And she’s no idiot – she went … Continue reading