Archive for the ‘Humans’

16 November, 2007

Remove yourself from your body

Remove yourself from your body

Haven’t you every wanted to just remove yourself from your body, just for a while, and see how that feels like? Well, that might become reality, instead of science-fiction. Specialists of the Flemish University Hospital in Antwerp have accidentally aroused a patient into a out-of-body-experience, while trying to treat the patient from a annoying buzz […]

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16 November, 2007

Your conscious life is an awake dream…

Your conscious life is an awake dream…

The brain produces activity non-stop. The activity increases with stimuli we can present in the laboratory, such as a picture, a touch or a sound. However, the activity of the brain at rest — the so-called “baseline” activity — may prove to be the most important aspect of our mental lives. Monitoring the awake, resting […]

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2 November, 2007

Can we regenerate brain-matter?

Can we regenerate brain-matter?

Nerve cells are the most commonly known cells in the brain. Therefore it would be logical to suggest that nerve cells have the majority in the human brain. Yet this not completely right. Star-shaped glial cells, the so called “astroglia”. Glial means glue. As befits their name, until now these cells have been regarded merely […]

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8 October, 2007

How neural activity contains coded information

How neural activity contains coded information

The electrically excitable cells in the nervous system that transport information, also called neurons, can produce short binary, all-or-nothing reaction-spikes of voltage, which travel as a pulse along the specialized extensions (axons) which causes the release of neurotransmitters. The spikes contain information about the world around the subject: what do I see, smell, hear, taste, […]

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26 September, 2007

Rocket propelled bionic arm

Rocket propelled bionic arm

When you are forced to use a prosthetic device, it usually is quite cumbersome and has disadvantages. But, with this is going to change with the help of rockets. The new prototype rocket-powered mechanical arm can lift about 9 to 12 kilograms – three to four times more than current commercial prosthetic arms – and […]

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