Reconnecting the Brain and Legs
Week of April 21

Man in wheelchairIncredibly, we may be a mere decade away from giving paraplegics back their walking legs.

Scientists recently enabled paralyzed monkeys to walk again. They devised a brain-computer interface or BCI along with a spinal implant that worked together to once again allow the brain’s motor cortex to send electrical signals to the legs.

The first thing they did was to get around the complex mechanism of walking... More »

Beating the Ivy
Week of April 14

Poison ivyDave: Norbert, do you know what the most common allergic reaction is in the US?

Norbert: Nowadays it seems like everyone's allergic to gluten or nuts!

Dave: No, it's actually a rash from poison ivy.

Each year, more than 10 million Americans develop rashes from poisonous plants such as poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac... More »

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