Science continues to push the limits of what is possible as researchers revealed last week that they have successfully grown “mini-brains” with detectable brain waves at the University of California. Their home-grown organs have reportedly developed functional neural networks that are comparable to those found in preterm babies, and are growing at approximately the same weekly rate as the brains of unborn infants do. The team of researchers hopes their experiment will help shed light on the role of network activity in the developing human cortex.
The world’s first fake memory has been successfully implanted. Scientists have confirmed that they have been able to generate an artificial memory, implant it into the brain of a mouse, and then make the mouse recall the fake experience as though it had really happened. The goal of the experiment is to eventually help those who struggle with memory impairment or with traumatic memories - perhaps one day leading to a common practice of memory manipulation or even memory deletion.
Space scientists have used eight radio telescopes around the world to assemble data and create the first image of a supermassive black hole. The creation of this black hole picture (an object estimated to be 6 BILLION times bigger than the SUN) is a momentous occasion for science, as it took two years, 200 scientists and supercomputers, and hundreds of terabytes of data to generate it… and it looks just like the blurry Eye of Sauron.
You’re hiking happily through the woods and come upon a huge boulder jutting out of the earth. It’s impressive, picturesque, and ancient-looking, so you decide to take a closer look. Your hike quickly changes from happy to creepy when you realize, upon closer inspection, your boulder isn’t a boulder at all - it’s a giant finger bone.