Wednesday, July 12, 2006

In The News

A few items on the BBC News site caught my attention today. The first two relate to interfacing hardware to people (yes, we do that, cyborgs aren't pure sci-fi =P). The first up is the linking of a chip to the motor cortex of a paralysed person, allowing him to control a computer simply by thinking of moving. The second is mounting an imaging device like those in digital cameras onto someone's retina, allowing it to directly stimulate the nerves, meaning that people with sight problems could potentially regain it somewhat. They mention the possibility of chips with memory allowing for replay and slow motion capabilities.

Unrelated is the third item. Bigelow Aerospace launched an inflatable spaceship and successfully got it into orbit. The advantage with this is that it takes up much less space and weight on the launch craft and thus costs much less to put up there.

Well, that's about all for today.

1 comment:

  1. You've got loads of writings on the year of 2006.