At the dawn of the 21st century many thousands of people worldwide have cause for hope Science has already started to provide the first advanced prosthetic devices to replace those that were lost in tragic accidents or were defective or missing since birth. Today we explore one such organ –The Bionic eye.
This is an incredible clip from the discovery Channel’s documentary – The Human Body: Pushing the Limits documenting the development of a bionic eye. A blind woman has been implanted with devices inside the visual cortex. Electrodes transmit information from a video camera directly to her brain allowing her to see images.
Yet, we still have a long way to go before science and technology can match the awesome handiwork of evolution and perfect or surpass the ones that most of us are fortunate to possess.
You can find this and many other fascinating news stories at 2100 Science.Com
Bionic Eye interfaced with the Visual Cortex of the Brain
Published May 30, 2009
I’m a proud monarchist, but if Charles keeps this up I might jump ship. Have a read of his lefty rant. Here are a few highlights:
The first is urgency. There is now only a mercifully small (if vociferous) number of people who do not accept the science of climate change and who should know better, but there are still a great many who fail to recognise the urgency of the situation……..
In our human-centred world, with its emphasis on economics, and following decades of apparently unending material “progress”, it has become all too easy for us to believe that we can continue to take what we wish from natural systems on the assumption they will indefinitely replenish themselves. As we are discovering, in the real world it doesn’t quite work like that…..
Thanks to twitter James Patterson for the news.
Published May 30, 2009
President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor had this to say in 2001
: : “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
Which is a good excuse as any for me to post a picture of famous Latina woman, Salma Hayek:
Published May 26, 2009
Great! Looks like we are going to get cheaper broadband and done through competition not government action:
INTERNET costs could be halved thanks to a massive cable linking Australia’s eastern seaboard to the rest of the world.
Pipe Networks’ first international broadband cable, dubbed PPC-1, landed in Sydney last week.
The $200 million cable, stretching 4787km, runs from Collaroy on Sydney’s north shore to Guam and then branches off into other major countries.
The PPC-1 is the first international internet cable to be owned independently of the country’s big telcos.
Once completed, the pipe is set to increase the size of Australia’s international link by almost 50 per cent, and send internet prices tumbling….
Might finally get off dial up.
The versatility of the Orbiter Space Simulator continues to amaze me. I first wrote about this free space simulator program in my article “For All You Armchair Astronauts“. Here is another awe inspiring film made by TexFilms using Orbiter.
In “Apollo 11: Remastered” we can all vicariously embark on the epic voyage of Apollo 11 from launch to splashdown and relive this grand adventure. This film is a remake of TexFilms original Apollo 11 release featuring Orbiter Space Flight Simulator and AMSO Apollo addon.
“Apollo 11: Remastered” – An Orbiter Film