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Wednesday, May 28, 2021

Big news out of the field of neurorobotics today, as scientists got two monkeys to manipulate a robot arm via their brainwaves.

On several occasions, a monkey kept its [robotic] claw open on the way back, with the food stuck to one finger. At other times, a monkey moved the arm to lick the fingers clean or to push a bit of food into its mouth while ignoring a newly presented morsel.

The animals were apparently freelancing, discovering new uses for the arm, showing “displays of embodiment that would never be seen in a virtual environment,” the researchers wrote.

Freelancing monkeys? With an extra limb at their disposal? I think we all know where that will lead.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/28/2008 11:21:28 PM
Category: Comedy, Science, Tech
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No goals, no wins and few shots on goal in this Stanley Cup Finals series: The Penguins are effectively in do-or-die mode for Game 3 tonight. Rather than rely upon just the home-arena mojo to turn things around versus the Red Wings, Pittsburgh is putting Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin on the same line — the hockey equivalent of choosing the nuclear option.

Will it work? Presumably they’ll have Pascal Dupuis on the left wing with The Kid and Gino, to form a modified left-wing lock. It’ll certainly keep Detroit’s blueliners busier than usual, while the second unit has to worry about Marian Hossa on the next shift. The Pens should generate more offense, meaning we get to see if Chris Osgood can really steal a win on his own. Either way, definitely a pivotal move in a pivotal game, and just in time for the start of NBC’s coverage of the Finals.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 05/28/2008 07:56:43 PM
Category: Hockey
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