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December 23rd, 2008

SCIENCEEEE from August but w/e [Dec. 23rd, 2008|01:01 pm]


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Rat Brained Robots?

"AFTER buttoning up a lab coat, snapping on surgical gloves and spraying them with alcohol, I am deemed sanitary enough to view a robot's control system up close. Without such precautions, any fungal spores on my skin could infect it. "We've had that happen. They just stop working and die off," says Mark Hammond, the system's creator.

This is no ordinary robot control system - a plain old microchip connected to a circuit board. Instead, the controller nestles inside a small pot containing a pink broth of nutrients and antibiotics. Inside that pot, some 300,000 rat neurons have made - and continue to make - connections with each other."

Rest of the article under the cut, it's pretty long but hella interestingCollapse )

I know it's not a wtf natural occurance or whatever, but the idea that brain material fucking bursts if it gets bored. THAT is WTF, not to mention the other amazing shit these cells are capable of while outside of a body. oh em gee.

Here's the source

And a VIDEO of one of the robots:

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