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Fwd: Piglet Squid is Cute

Posted by Xeni “Hussein” Jardin at the famed “BoingBoing blog”:http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/24/piglet-squid-is-cute.html. This Piglet squid is cute.

(Thanks Melissa)

Previously featured on Duenos:
* “The Unappreciated Glass Squid”:http://duenos.net/article/387/Theunappreciatedglasssquid – Another very pretty squid
* “Life From the Deep”:http://duenos.net/article/235/Lifefromthedeep – A stunningly beautiful documentary on deep sea life

Monkey controls robot with its brain

“Duke University”:http://duke.edu, in conjunction with Japan Science and Technology Agency (“JST”:http://www.jst.go.jp/EN/) have developed a way to translate complex brain signals into slightly less complex computer outputs in order to control a robot. The science is a bit beyond me but it seems pretty simple at a basic level: Monkeys walking on a treadmill produce certain brain waves associated with walking which are measured and then transmitted to a pair of robotic legs that mimic the monkey’s motion. The truly spectacular part of this experiment happened when the experimenters turned off the monkeys treadmill but found a way to keep the monkey thinking about walking. The robot kept going!

What does this mean? Well, for now it might not mean much, but eventually it could mean that people who become paralysed might one day be able to bypass the spine and control prosthetic limbs straight from the brain. This same sort of remote control might also be used for remote control of robots in hazardous work environments or even robotic soldiers, the sky’s the limit.

To learn more, see Duke’s “medical news site”:http://www.dukemednews.org/news/article.php?id=10218 or watch their video below:

Albino Hedgehog

Only one in ten-thousand hedgehogs are born truly albino, with red eyes and completely white skin. Because of the rarity of it, and because it’s so darn cute in a creepy “I could steal your soul” kind of way, here it is.

This particular hedgehog is 11-weeks old from “Bank Mill Nurseries”:http://www.bankmillnurseries.co.uk and was recently “profiled”:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=452760&in_page_id=1770 in the Daily Mail.