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Glimpse of God? The Hubble Telescope’s 12 Best Photos on the 30th Anniversary of its Launch into Orbit

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Glimpse of God? The Hubble Telescope’s 12 Best Photos on the 30th Anniversary of its Launch into Orbit

The twelve best photos taken in all the universe? Whether or not you agree with mythologist Joseph Campbell, who said God is the greatest unknowable mystery, viewing these photographs may give you the sense that you are watching some great power in action. No matter your belief in a divine intelligence, anyone can enjoy these amazing images and help celebrate the 30th anniversary of NASA’s launch of the Hubble space telescope into orbit. Hubble’s low Earth orbit is outside the distortion of Earth’s atmosphere which allows it to capture extremely high-resolution images with substantially lower background light than ground-based telescopes....


Researchers Restore Injured Man’s Sense of Touch Using Ingenious Brain-Computer Interface

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Researchers Restore Injured Man’s Sense of Touch Using Ingenious Brain-Computer Interface

While we might often take our sense of touch for granted, re-establishing the sense of touch means a great deal to the researchers who are developing technologies to restore limb function for paralyzed people. However, a team of researchers at Battelle and the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center recently reported that they have been able to restore sensation to the hand of a research participant with a severe spinal cord injury using a brain-computer interface (BCI) system. According to a study published this week in the journal Cell, the researchers describe how their technology harnesses neural signals so minuscule, they can’t...


Brain implant and signal decoder reverse paralysis

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BRAIN IMPLANT AND SIGNAL DECODER HAVE DONE THE IMPOSSIBLE AND REVERSED PARALYSIS Paralysis used to mean a life sentence of immobility with no way out—until now. Back in 2010, Ian Burkhart suffered a devastating injury that would leave him mostly paralyzed. Even though he was still able to move his shoulders and elbows, he had lost sensation in his hands. That was until Patrick Ganzer at Battelle Memorial Institute fast-forwarded biotech into the future by developing a brain implant that would turn Burkhart’s life around. When the implant connects to a specialized brain-computer interface, it does something that has never been done...


16-Year-Old Has Been Using His Flying Lessons to Deliver Medical Supplies to Rural Hospitals Fighting COVID

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16-Year-Old Has Been Using His Flying Lessons to Deliver Medical Supplies to Rural Hospitals Fighting COVID

16-year-old TJ Kim may not have his driver’s license yet, but he has been flying planes all over Virginia in order to deliver medical supplies to rural hospitals fighting the novel coronavirus. The teen, who is a sophomore at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland, was inspired to embark on his delivery missions after his classes were canceled as a result of COVID-19. Without school or lacrosse to occupy his time, he turned his focus on his flying lessons. According to The Associated Press, Kim and his family then launched their Operation SOS (Supplies Over Skies) project as a means of keeping...


For First Time in History, AI Learns to Translate Silent Human Brain Activity into Text for Locked-In Syndrome Patients

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For First Time in History, AI Learns to Translate Silent Human Brain Activity into Text for Locked-In Syndrome Patients

Have you ever heard of locked-in syndrome? Sometimes called pseudocoma, it describes a rare condition where the patient is “locked-in” their body. They are aware, but cannot act in the world due to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles in the body, but with a normal exception being their eyes. Neuroscientists have just created an artificially intelligent algorithm that detects human brain activity and translates it into English sentences—and they said it was the first time such translations could be done on a 1:1 speed with natural human speech; faster-than-light. This breakthrough technology allows for work to begin in many...