Brain to brain

Rats brains signaled each other through computers

By Stephen Ornes, 14:20 PM March 15, 2013

Scientists connected the brains of two rats using computer chips and computers. One animal later signaled the other rat’s brain. Credit: K. Zhuang, Lab.of M. Nicolelis, Duke Univ.

It sounds like science fiction: Scientists used electronics to link the brains of two rats and then showed that one animal could share information. Oh, and the rodents sometimes communicated long distance — over the Internet. A sender was in Brazil, the receiver animal in North Carolina.

Experiments like this may help scientists understand how the human brain is put together, Miguel Nicolelis told Science News. The study’s leader, he is a neuroscientist at Duke University in Raleigh, N.C....

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