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DARPA Jolts the Nervous System With Electricity, Lasers, Sound Waves, and Magnets 34

the_newsbeagle writes: DARPA is sinking some cash into the buzzy new research field of "electroceuticals," which involves stimulating nerves to control the activity of organs or bodily systems. The newest techniques have little in common with electroshock therapy, which sends a strong current broadly through the brain tissue; today's cutting-edge methods can target individual neurons, and turn them "on" and "off" with great precision. Under DARPA's new ElectRx program, seven research teams will explore different ways to modulate activity of the peripheral nervous system. Some will stimulate neurons directly with electricity, while others will take more roundabout routes involving light, acoustics, and magnetic fields.

Comment Bugs? (Score 5, Insightful) 294

I could see a nightmare scenario with poorly implemented "click to buy" or voting websites. Some nations, in the cases of stuff like CP, make it illegal to access websites containing banned material. Now mousing over links can look identical to accessing, according to log files. What a mess.

Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

Don't stress, that's exactly what I did, for the same reasons. You'd be surprised how cheap a trailer in the middle of the Rocky Mountains is, and how peaceful and affordable life can be even on a meagre disability income. Don't work yourself to death, there's still plenty of land for everyone. The only stress I have is picking my cherries off the tree before the local bear realizes they're ripe.


Comment Re:I'm spending 60% of my monthly income on rent (Score 1) 940

There's 2 ways to deal with the poor.

1) Share. Help them out or give a hand up. At the very least give them a decent chance of helping themselves. The USA doesn't do enough of this.
2) Leave them to rot and let the rich/poor divide get so big, that the people on the bottom lose all hope. Then, the law ceases to matter.

If you choose 2, don't be surprised when the most desperate start shooting.


NASA Probe Reveals More Detail In Pluto's Complex Surface 66

astroengine writes: As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft careens through the solar system with Pluto in its cross-hairs, new detail in the dwarf planet's surface is popping into view at an ever increasing rate. Any images acquired from here on in are the most detailed images humanity has ever seen of Pluto and, a little over a month from its historic flyby, New Horizons is already giving us tantalizing glimpses of what appears to be a rich and complex little world. Take, for example, this most recent series of observations captured by the mission's Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), which were taken from May 29 to June 2. There appears to be large variations in surface albedo (reflectiveness), possibly indicating there are huge regions of varying composition.

Comment Re:nature will breed it out (Score 1) 950

"Anyone has to admit"

No, they don't. Men and women have and had different gender roles, but suppression I disagree with. You are repeating a feminist lie that has led our society to our current problems. Even in Afghanistan, women aren't nearly as oppressed as western media would have us believe. Here's a discussion about the subject by a highly esteemed person who is much smarter than me.

"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann