University of Montreal researchers have developed a method to train athletes brains to increase the speed at which they absorb and process information my more than 50%
. The process involves repeated hour-long multiple-object tracking exercises. They were asked to identify balls with rapidly changing colour as the balls performed increasingly rapid movements.
Speaking of enhancements, an American artist and a Canadian film-maker want to have their artificial eyes replaced with webcams
. Each of them have lost one of their eyes in an accident and each now wear prosthetics. Last week Tanya Vlach, an artist in San Francisco, posted an online request to engineers to design an artificial eye that contains a wireless webcam. Rob Spence of Toronto contacted her while in California attending a conference on how he intends to enhance his artificial eye with the help of Steve Mann, a University of Toronto professor. The new prosthetic wouldn't enhance their vision but would allow them to record the world from the unique perspective of one of their eyes. Spence and Mann claim that just such a device could be ready within the next six months.
A Columbian woman was the first to receive an organ grown from her own stem cells. The team of Spanish surgeons replaced her windpipe with one made by growing cells she had donated on a collagen matrix
made by chemically removing all the cells from a donor windpipe. The windpipe was "grown" in a British-made bioreactor, requiring just 4 days to reach maturity. The woman is now home and living a relatively normal life.
NASA has completed the first phase of testing an Interplanetary Internet based on DTN (Disruption-Tolerant Networking)
. They hope to use the network to handle communications among spacecraft within our solar system. The International Space Station turns 10 years old on Thursday
. Meanwhile, a recent experiment onboard the ISS revealed that spiders in space don't weave symmetrical webs
. In fact, what they weave appears to be a disorganized tangle extending in three dimensions.
Google has reached an agreement to host almost 10 million photos from Life Magazine's library
, most of which have never before been published. As of Tuesday, more than 2 million of the photos had been uploaded and made available to the public.