Vor ein paar Wochen hatte ich erst über das erste Brain-2-Brain-Interface zwischen zwei Ratten gebloggt, schon isses outdated Retrotech und sowas von Februar 2013. Jetzt haben Wissenschaftler nämlich das Gehirn eines Menschen mit dem Gehirn einer Ratte verbunden und der Mann hat per Gedankenübertragung mit dem Schwanz der Ratte gewackelt. Erste Interspecies-Telepathie, sozusagen, und über telepathisches Interspecies-Schwanzwackeln kann man wahrscheinlich haufenweise Witze reißen, mir fällt nur grade keiner ein.
Now Seung-Schik Yoo of Harvard Medical School in Boston and colleagues have created a system that connects a human to a rat via a computer, without the need for the human or the rat to have brain implants. The human volunteers wore electrode caps that monitored their brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG). Meanwhile, an anaesthetised rat was hooked up to a device that made the creature’s neurons fire whenever it delivered an ultrasonic pulse to the rat’s motor cortex. […]
Yoo says it should be possible for two humans to use a similar system in the foreseeable future. Such a system could, for instance, be used to help a paralysed person relearn to use their limbs by having their therapist initially move them with their mind.
New Scientist: Interspecies telepathy: human thoughts make rat move
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Im Iran schicken sie jetzt Sniperteams mit Nachtsichtgeräten auf die Jagd nach genetisch mutierten Monsterratten. Die Viecher werden dort angeblich jetzt größer als die Katzen und wiegen fünf Kilo.
Tehran, the capital of Iran, is battling an invasion of “genetically mutated” giant rats. Iran has sent in sniper teams to clear Tehran’s streets from the massive rodents weighting up to five kilos plaguing 26 district of the Iranian capital, the city’s environmental agency said.
“They seem to have had a genetic mutation, probably as a result of radiations and the chemical used on them,” Ismail Kahram, Teheran city council environment adviser and university professor Ismail Kahram told Qudsonline.ir. […] The “mutated rats” have been running rampant in the capital, as cats are scared off by their giant size and traditional poison appear to have no effect on them.
Laura Ginn aus Brooklyn ist Fotografin und macht sowas wie Survival- und Selbstversorgungs-Kunst, fotografiert sich selbst beim Schlachten und Häuten und solche Sachen. Tatsächlich spannendes Feld und relativ neu, glaube ich. Jetzt hat sie sich per Kickstarter eine Ausstellung finanzieren lassen, in deren Mittelpunkt ein post-apokalyptisches Dinner stand. Serviert wurden schick zubereitete Ratten.
at this dinner the centerpieces, such as they were, were small piles of rat bones — a tiny section of rib here, a spine there. “They’re all from the rats you are enjoying,” Ms. Ginn said, as people sat down to eat at tables covered with faded American flags. […]
Twenty people, mostly friends of Ms. Ginn or the gallery owner, Ms. LaViola, nibbled on goat cheese bruschetta topped with rat leg tenderloin, and rat-pork terrine encircled with beef fat, prepared by a chef after much trial and error with his proteins. The rats were shipped from a United States Department of Agriculture-approved West Coast processor that supplies pet owners with humanely killed, individually flash-frozen rodents, in classifications ranging from “jumbo” to “fuzzy.” Seventy five rats were skinned and cooked — and broiled and smoked and grilled — for the dinner, and most guests paid $100 each to attend, signing a liability waiver, some not entirely willingly. […]
Fear was not the issue. “I like rats,” he said. “They’re friendly. You can train them. They have personalities.” For Ms. Ginn skinning and eating rats represents the survivalist instincts she likes to explore in her work. “To have these sorts of skills, it’s very empowering,” she said. “It makes me feel like I have more control over my world.”
Contemplating urban wildlife in New York naturally led her to rats. “I could’ve gone pigeon,” she allowed. But, she added, “I think people are a little more comfortable with pigeon, and I wanted to put people outside of their comfort zone.”
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