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+ - U Washington Demonstrates First Brain to Brain Interface 1

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully demonstrated the first brain to brain interface. One college successfully controlled another's movements. The implications of the demonstration of the technology is pretty profound, even if its in a very early and ideal form. Beginning of Star Trek's Borg? Or David Gerrold's Teep Corps?"

+ - Researcher controls colleague's brain from remote location->

Submitted by vinces99
vinces99 (2792707) writes "University of Washington researchers have performed what they believe is the first noninvasive human-to-human brain interface, with one researcher able to send a brain signal via the Internet to control the hand motions of a fellow researcher. Using electrical brain recordings and a form of magnetic stimulation, Rajesh Rao sent a brain signal to Andrea Stocco on the other side of the UW campus, causing Stocco's finger to move on a keyboard. The researchers believe this is the first demonstration of human-to-human brain interfacing. Rao looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. When he was supposed to fire a cannon at a target, he imagined moving his right hand (but didn't actually move it) to cause a cursor to hit the "fire" button. Almost instantaneously, Stocco, who wore noise-canceling earbuds and wasn't looking at a computer screen, involuntarily moved his right index finger to push the space bar on the keyboard in front of him, as if firing the cannon. Stocco, who jokingly referred to the phenomenon as "the Vulcan mind meld," compared the feeling of his hand moving involuntarily to that of a nervous tic."
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+ - Has Supercomputing Hit the Shoulder of the Sigmoid? 1

Submitted by anzha
anzha (138288) writes "Horst Simon, Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has stood up at conferences of late and said the unthinkable: supercomputing is hitting a wall and will not build an exaflop HPC system by 2020. This is defined as one that passes linpack with a performance of one exaflop sustained or better. He's even placed money on it. You can read the original presentation here."

Comment: Re:Speaking as a Team Leader... (Score 1) 74

by anzha (#39740559) Attached to: In Google's Moon Race, Teams Face a Reckoning
AFAIK, no. If there is someone to talk to about that, point me that way! That'd be awesome and I'd happily list /. as a backer/sponsor. That said, if you are looking for an open source team, you are looking at FredNet. If you are looking for the Silicon Valley big money team, you are looking at Moon Express. If you are looking at the university student/professor teams, you are looking at Astrobotic, PennState, and Omega Envoy. If you are looking for the traditional aerospace guys, you are looking at Rocket City Space Pioneers. If you are looking for very STEM oriented, educator focused, you are looking at JURBAN. If you are looking for the scrappy Silicon Valley startup, that'd be us: Team Phoenicia. There are more. Go to the Google Lunar X Prize website ( to check us all out. Take a look at what Mike Doornbos of evadot has to say through his rankings of the teams:

Comment: Re:Speaking as a Team Leader... (Score 1) 74

by anzha (#39740389) Attached to: In Google's Moon Race, Teams Face a Reckoning
The Romanians considered the rockoon approach and discarded it. Instead they are building - yes, really! - a rocket powered seaplane to do an air launch of their rocket carrying their moonbot. They are nuts. And they are soooo fscking awesome. The problem with the rockoon is that even once you are outside the atmosphere, you are still subject to the rocket equation of getting to the moon with the delta V. Some things just don't scale down well.

Comment: Speaking as a Team Leader... (Score 3, Interesting) 74

by anzha (#39738455) Attached to: In Google's Moon Race, Teams Face a Reckoning
The single biggest problem that any team is facing is getting cash and sufficient cash to pay for a launch. This has been a problem for Astrobotic (and why they have postponed to 2015). This has been an issue for Moon Express. This is an issue for Rocket City Space Pioneers. And, yes, it is an issue for Team Phoenicia (my own team). For FredNet, too. Getting material donations has not been difficult. Just the $. That's why Team Phoenicia has been selling engines and rockets. If you want to help and not just snark, go to your favourite team's website and hit the donate button. They all have them. If /. or any other entity would use the /. effect to that end, it'd be a wondrous and helpful thing.

+ - 2nd Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar->

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anzha writes "Team Phoenicia and Techshop — Menlo Park are hosting the Second Nanosat Launcher Challenge Seminar on Nov 12/13 in Menlo Park, CA. The Nanosat Launcher Challenge where teams must place two separate 1U cubesats into a verified orbit on two separate launches in one week with a first place prize of $2 million. The seminar will cover the draft rules, test/launch sites, how teams can raise the funds, introduce suppliers for the teams, and allow the teams themselves to present. While the seminar itself is not free, there will be a free lecture at Techshop by NASA about the Centennial Challenges at 5 PM on Nov 12. The draft agenda is here."
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+ - Gene Therapy May Thwart HIV->

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sciencehabit (1205606) writes "This past year, a Berlin man, Timothy Brown, became world famous as the first—and thus far only—person to apparently have been cured of his HIV infection. Brown's HIV disappeared after he developed leukemia and doctors gave him repeated blood transfusions from a donor who harbored a mutated version of a receptor the virus uses to enter cells. Now, researchers report promising results from two small gene-therapy studies that mimic this strategy, hinting that the field may be moving closer to a cure that works for the masses."
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+ - The Search for Apollo 10's 'Snoopy'->

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astroengine writes "A UK-led team of astronomers are going to use their comet and asteroid-hunting skills to track down a piece of Apollo history. In 1969, Apollo 10 did everything the first moon landing (Apollo 11) did, except land on the lunar surface. During the Apollo 10 mission, the lunar module, nicknamed "Snoopy," was jettisoned and sent into a solar orbit — it is still believed to be out there, 42 years later. "We're expecting a search arc up to 135 million kilometers in size which is a huge amount of space to look at," British amateur astronomer Nick Howes told Discovery News. "We're aware of the scale and magnitude of this challenge but to have the twin Faulkes scopes assist the hunt, along with schools, plus the fact that we'll doubtless turn up many new finds such as comets and asteroids makes this a great science project too.""
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