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The new head of the National Center for Science Education promises to "fight the good fight" against attacks on...
Analyses of the H7N9 strains isolated from four new cases show that the virus is evolving rapidly, heightening anxiety...
In 2009, Jack Szostak shared a Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the role of telomeres, the end bits of...
Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and...
Paper-selling agencies flourish in the aura of reputable businesses. For some scientists, it may be difficult to tell...
Data collected by satellites and floating probes have chronicled a 2-decade rise in the temperature and thickness of a...
Cholesterol, the artery-clogging molecule that contributes to cardiovascular disease, has another nasty trick up its...
Until recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kept its plans for its $70 million portion of the...
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Video: Fly a Chopper With Your Brain
28 October 2011 1:03 pm
A new computer program has taken Flight Simulator to a whole new level. Researchers have designed a cap of electrodes that can read activity from the region of the brain that controls physical motion and translate it into directional signals for a virtual helicopter. This allowed three players wearing the cap to fly a chopper through a series of rings using only their minds, moving it up and down as well as forward and backward, the team reports online this week in PLoS ONE. With practice, the players were able to direct the copter through the rings accurately 85% of the time. If players can control a helicopter in three dimensions, the researchers hope, a similar system could improve the ability of disabled people to control prosthetic limbs.
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