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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:10 PM

Brains of rats connected allowing them to share information via internet

Source: The Guardian

Brains of rats connected allowing them to share information via internet

Ian Sample, science correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 28 February 2013 15.05 GMT

Scientists have connected the brains of a pair of animals and allowed them to share sensory information in a major step towards what the researchers call the world's first "organic computer".

The US team fitted two rats with devices called brain-to-brain interfaces that let the animals collaborate on simple tasks to earn rewards, such as a drink of water.

In one radical demonstration of the technology, the scientists used the internet to link the brains of two rats separated by thousands of miles, with one in the researchers' lab at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and the other in Natal, Brazil.

Led by Miguel Nicolelis, a pioneer of devices that allow paralysed people to control computers and robotic arms with their thoughts, the researchers say their latest work may enable multiple brains to be hooked up to share information.

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:20 PM

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Thu Feb 28, 2013, 03:04 PM

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