First Notable Solar Flare of 2015
NASA – The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 11:24 p.m. EST on Jan. 12, 2015. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured an image of the event. Solar flares are powerful bursts of radiation. Harmful radiation from a flare cannot pass through Earth’s atmosphere to physically affect humans on the ground, however — when intense enough — they can disturb the atmosphere in the layer where GPS and communications signals travel.
Image Credit: NASA/SDO
The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution, Author: Walter Isaacson.
By Robert Shea – Isaacson ascribes progress not to leadership, but to collaboration.
In almost every innovation he describes, he tells how the result was accomplished by the feverish work of a number of innovators occasionally working together, but often working separately, sometimes very far apart in geography or even time. more> http://tinyurl.com/o2r9aff
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The Emerging Multibillion Dollar Cybernetic Brain Revolution
GE – Where does the human end and the machine begin? In the era of neuroprosthetics, tiny electronic devices embedded in the body that stimulate the brain and other parts of the nervous system to improve their function, this question may soon get harder to answer.
Last week, researchers at the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, introduced a flexible neural implant that delivers electric and chemical pokes directly to the nervous system. In early trials, it allowed paralyzed rats to walk again with fewer side effects than other treatments.
The device, called e-Dura, is made from a material that mimics the dura matter, the thick membrane that protects the brain and the spinal cord. It could become the first long-term neuroprosthetic implant that could stay inside the human body for as long as 10 years. more> http://tinyurl.com/ljwax9b
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