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Journal Journal: Muslim Moderation 7

One of the nice things about metamoderation is you get to see some stuff you missed before, that come up for you when you metamoderate. here's one:

Robotics

Submission + - Hybrid robot controlled by a moth's living brain.

EvilMachine writes: "Charles M. Higgins, an associate professor at the University of Arizona, has created a robot that is controlled by the living brain and the eyes of a moth.

The robot's motion is guided by a tiny electrode implanted in the moth's brain, Higgins said, specifically to a single neuron that is responsible for keeping the moth's vision steady during flight. The neuron transmits electrical signals which are then amplified in the robot's base and through a mathematical formula, a computer translates the signals into action, making the robot move.
Higgins thinks that in 10 to 15 years, such combinations of will be fairly common.

And maybe some day... in an old book... someone will read about this as genesis 1:27 "So god created the Borg...""
Government

Submission + - Germany Is Planning To Outlaw The Scientologists (xuecast.com)

XueCast writes: "Germany has decided to declare the Church of Scientology as an unconstitutional institution, and it will only be a matter of time before the Church of Scientology will be completely banned in the black forest country. Many Germany's high ranking officials are in the move to challenge the Scientology's legal status, after many reports saying that the Church is exploiting it's members for financial gain."

Feed Engadget: Crapgadget: nano knockoff (with a camera), Millennium Falcon joystick, Fly Bar p (engadget.com)

Filed under: Misc. Gadgets


Ah, what to do with all those crappy, cut-rate gadgets flooding our inboxes like a tidal wave of cheap plastic and leaden circuit boards spawned from the hellish manufacturing facilities of nameless, faceless low-grade overseas manufacturers? There are so many we could probably start an entire spinoff site devoted to only to janky gadgets -- hell, some sites already are. So we did the only sensible thing: rounded some of the "best" ones up and made it our latest running series. May we present: Crapgadget. Enjoy the crap out of this, okay? We nearly gouged our eyes out in the making.

Read - Millennium Falcon joystick - Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good joystick at your side, kid. [Via Uber-Review]
Read - Knockoff nano with a digital camera - show Steve just how wrong he is for not adding a camera to the nano. [Via PMP Today]
Read - Fly Bar pogo stick - fly, douche, fly! [Via ShinyShiny]

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