There are 10 types of people in the world
• Those who understand binary
• Those who don’t
• And those who didn’t expect this joke to be in base 3
Forget drones: it’s time for “RoboRoach”! a living insect controlled from your smartphone!
The RoboRoach is a Kickstarter project (for more with video click here) that, is the “world’s first commercially available cyborg” — part cockroach and part machine.
The backpack communicates directly to the roach’s neurons in its antennas via small electrical pulses.
The cockroach undergoes a short surgery (under anesthesia) in which wires are placed inside the antenna. Once it recovers, a backpack is temporarily placed on its back.
When you send a command from your mobile phone, the backpack sends pulses to the antenna, which causes the neurons to fire, which causes the roach to think there is a wall on one side.
The result: the roach turns! Microstimulation is the same neurotechnology that is used to treat Parkinson’s Disease and is also used in cochlear implants.
This product is not a toy, but a tool to learn about how our brains work. Using the RoboRoach, you will be able to discover a number of interesting things about nature.
What Is Up With “Thou,” “Thee,” “Thy,” and “Thine”?
Advanced biological computer developed; a computing machine capable of manipulating genetic codesMicroprocessor with DNA (illustration). Scientists have developed and constructed an advanced biological transducer, a computing machine capable of manipulating genetic codes, and using the output as new input for subsequent computations.
Using only biomolecules (such as DNA and enzymes), scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed and constructed a computing machine capable of manipulating genetic codes, and using the output as new input for subsequent computations. The breakthrough might someday create new possibilities in biotechnology, including individual gene therapy and cloning.
Interest in such biomolecular computing devices is strong, mainly because of their ability (unlike electronic computers) to interact directly with biological systems and even living organisms. No interface is required since all components of molecular computers, including hardware, software, input and output, are molecules that interact in solution along a cascade of programmable chemical events.