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is-it-hi-or-ehhhh:

neurosciencestuff:

A sensational breakthrough: the first bionic hand that can feel

The first bionic hand that allows an amputee to feel what they are touching will be transplanted later this year in a pioneering operation that could introduce a new generation of artificial limbs with sensory perception.

The patient is an unnamed man in his 20s living in Rome who lost the lower part of his arm following an accident, said Silvestro Micera of the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland.

The wiring of his new bionic hand will be connected to the patient’s nervous system with the hope that the man will be able to control the movements of the hand as well as receiving touch signals from the hand’s skin sensors.

Dr Micera said that the hand will be attached directly to the patient’s nervous system via electrodes clipped onto two of the arm’s main nerves, the median and the ulnar nerves.

This should allow the man to control the hand by his thoughts, as well as receiving sensory signals to his brain from the hand’s sensors. It will effectively provide a fast, bidirectional flow of information between the man’s nervous system and the prosthetic hand.

“This is real progress, real hope for amputees. It will be the first prosthetic that will provide real-time sensory feedback for grasping,” Dr Micera said.

“It is clear that the more sensory feeling an amputee has, the more likely you will get full acceptance of that limb,” he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Boston.

“We could be on the cusp of providing new and more effective clinical solutions to amputees in the next year,” he said.

DO YOU PEOPLE EVEN REALIZE HOW AWESOME THIS IS???

TO DO THIS MEANS WE CAN FINALLY STITCH AXONS (LONG PART OF NEURON OR NERVE CELL THAT TRANSPORTS SIGNALS FROM JUNCTIONS BACK TO THE BRAIN) BACK TOGETHER

DO YOU EVEN UNDERSTAND HOW IMPOSSIBLE THAT WAS? TO ALIGN THE DAMAGED AXONS BACK TOGETHER WAS IMPOSSIBLE 

WITH THIS BREAK THROUGH YOU COULD EVENTUALLY WORK UP TO GIVING THE ABILITY TO WALK AND MOVE AGAIN TO THOSE WHO CUT THEIR SPINAL CORD IN AN ACCIDENT THIS IS BEAUTIFUL

THIS. IS. AMAZING.

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When you need to stop an asteroid, you get Superman. When you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But when you need to end a war, you get Wonder Woman.

Gail Simone, Wonder Woman: The Circle

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She Is Not Your Nude Photo

lunulata:

feitclub:

Sonia Saraiya on the ever-growing nude photo leak:

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Everyone has better click on that fucking read more or so help me.

This is SO IMPORTANT. 

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Bioshock Infinite - Battleship Bay

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whowasntthere:

findchaos:

In the making of our next Patreon Podcast (soon to be up!), our soundcheck went into some weird philosophical territory.

Technically it’s called the “Limbo of the Infants”, but we also compared limbo-babies to Slimer, so this isn’t a haughty theological school. 

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archatlas:

Vertical Landscape Ryo Yamada

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whowasntthere:

You say “I love you,”

My body is smoke filled glass

Transparent and roiling

You see through me

To my heart

A red-cut-crystal with such fragile

Mechanical birds flitting around its edges

You can see every

Wrinkle, line and fold

Of my nude form

      next

                to

                    yours

You put the spark inside me

Held me up to the light

And turned me around and around

Until I was dizzy

Begging for more

Obeying your

e

lec

tricity

Crackling under your touch

I blow out only smoke

A single bird escapes between my breathless lips

My hips roll to yours in time

Your blood-stained hands around my neck

The glass shat ter ing

And still you say

I love you

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findchaos:

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I like Denver Hayes line of gun lobbyists. Surprisingly comfortable and lots of pocket space.

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Do you think it is acceptable for a journalist to monetarily support a person or organization of coverage without disclosing said conflict in the article?
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caraellison:

Hmm. Well, I just bought Fallout: New Vegas, which technically supports the makers of that game. My intention is to write an article about it, covering its virtues and flaws. Should I disclose in that article that I bought the game? Or, should I retroactively disclose all the games that throughout my career I have received review codes of, enabling me to critique those games? I don’t think so. If a game developer bought me a cup of coffee because I didn’t have change, do I declare that £3 in anything I write about them? I mean, I am not sure how far it goes. What about MMOs? In order to participate in WoW you have to pay a subscription. So journalists have to pay that subscription to cover it. Is that… corrupt? As far as I see it Patreon is a subscription service to one person’s output. It doesn’t mean you have to like that output. So I don’t see why it’s conflict of interest for me.

I think what I’m saying is, if you pay BT monthly for a phone line that one day sounds fuzzy, when you turn in a ‘review’ of their service you are not really likely to be more or less harsh. You are just going to say the phone line is fuzzy and they should fix that.

I think it’s acceptable to declare whatever the fuck you like. I once, post-Doritosgate, declared in my copy that I ate a chicken samosa at an EA preview event, even though it is obviously unnecessary to declare a fucking samosa. It was edible. Its greasy innards nourished my underfed body. It didn’t change that their game ultimately sucked ass because it was only available as an always online service that didn’t work. 

The question is: how much does the readership want to police the behaviour of grown professionals and experts? How much does the readership want to bend us over before they realise we are professional adults who happen to have likes and also dislikes? Until we are so bored of writing lists of declarations that we let forum posters write reviews instead? They can do that anyway. There’s a whole wide internet to read if you don’t trust a website’s output.

I feel like Doritosgate illuminated one thing: that large publishers spend a lot of money paying for journalists to go to their preview events and had been doing it since games began. The better publications decided that yes, that was better disclosed. But Kotaku in particular has mostly stopped doing previews because it’s purely hype and nothing else, and they’re right. No one praises them for this, because it’s hip to hate Kotaku.

People on forums still talk about those days before Doritosgate as being ‘the good old days, when we still talked about games’. 

Yeah, because they flew us out there to talk about how good the games might be, and not how good they actually *are*.

I think what I am saying is, anything that gets what I am supposed to appraise to me faster is better and adds to my knowledge of what I am doing. I never want to go to a preview/PR event again. I want to play a fucking finished game and tell you about it. And if you want me to declare that I have a professional interest in games, here it is:

I LIKE GAMES. I BUY THEM. IT MAKES ME GOOD AT MY JOB.

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I got back from seeing Guardians of the Galaxy.

It’s a really fun and overall great movie, but I think I agree with a lot of other people when they say Gamora and Nebula were rather underutilized, Nebula especially. I would have liked to have seen a bit more from her. The movie also suffered from what was wrong with Thor: The Dark World, in that, the villain is a villain because of villainous reasons which aren’t really explained but aren’t really questioned either.

Having said all that, it was still really frickin’ good. I’m really glad the MCU is expanding past the more Earthly settings and into the more intriguing sci-fi and fantasy elements of the Marvel Universe.