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Emory scientists John Trimper (psychology), Paul Root Wolpe (Center for Ethics) and Karen Rommelfanger (neurology) wrote an opinion piece on the ethical implications of emerging brain-to-brain interfacing technologies for Frontiers in Neuroengineering. Below is an excerpt.The idea of creating a direct connection between a human brain and a computer has a long history in science fiction. The development of brain computer interfaces (BCI), technologies permitting direct communication between a […]
Via Emory Alumni AssociationGet in touch with your inner scientist at the Atlanta Science Festival (ASF), a weeklong celebration of local science and technology."From March 22-29 at more than 100 events throughout metro Atlanta, visitors will experience scientific innovation and transform their perspective on how science impacts nearly everything we do," says Sarah Peterson, a co-founder of the ASF and program coordinator for Laney Graduate School. Emory has been a partner in ASF from its […]
Tony Martin investigates an outcrop in Australia. Photo by Ruth Schowalter.Emory ichnologist Anthony Martin wants to shake up your view of dinosaurs by letting you follow them in their tracks. (Warning: Watch where you step.)Martin is on a mission to bring ichnology to the masses. Long overshadowed by the bone specialists of paleontology, paleoichnologists focus on the fossils of tracks, nests, burrows, dung and other traces of life.Martin’s new book, “Dinosaurs Without Bones: […]
Elephants get distressed when they see others in distress, reaching out to calm them down. Photos, above and below, by Elise Gilchrist, Think Elephants International.By Carol ClarkAsian elephants console others who are in distress, using physical touches and vocalizations, finds a study to be published in the journal PeerJ.The findings are the first empirical evidence of consolation in elephants, says lead author Joshua Plotnik, who began the research as a graduate student of psychology […]
Kate Lanau reported for Maclean’s on a panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, in Chicago, about how studies of animals may help us understand the evolution of our own musical capacity. Below is an excerpt:“One of the biggest surprises has come from a California sea lion named Ronan, a species that doesn’t seem to be capable of complex vocal learning; although this sea lion can, it turns out, bop along to a beat."'We thought, let’s find an […]
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