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marika
January 4th 08, 03:25 AM
"marika" > wrote in message news:...
> "Cat acne" is a real thing (though it's not realy acne per se- it's not
> adolescent, it's not hormonal, and it's not from PMS or eating
> chocolate, or whatever the hell else they say causes acne these days)
> Male cats have overactive sebaceous glands on their chins. Look under a
> male cats chin someday, you'll see like thickened skin with big pores
> there.... they rub stuff to leave a scent with their chins. When the
> pores get clogged and irritated, they get like broken looking irritated
> skin, like pimples there- voila! cat acne. Treated with 2x daily scrub
> with benzoyl peroxide type soap and antibiotics.
> You learn something every day on the internet!
>
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "marika" >
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> Sent: Saturday, December 15, 2007 10:23 AM
> Subject: global warming deniers find comfort would be presidents dilemma
>
>
>> How come when newspapers first report this stuff, they always use words
>> like "amazing" and "breakthrough" and "science". Have seen it before,
>> lots of times- research on paralysis, diabetes, cancer- the first news
>> story always heralds these findings as "research/medical miracles". And
>> then people read it and use words like "Cool!" and "Neat" and "Wow" and
>> "Possible cure"..
>> Then as soon as PETA gets a hold of it, you suddenly start to hear words
>> like "cruel" and "torture" and "vivisection", and all the good
>> possibilities- cures and milestones- all flies out the window. And
>> everybody wants all the work stopped, dead in its tracks. Where did all
>> the "cures" and "miracles" go?
>>
>> Where/When exactly is the turning point for these stories?
>>
>>
>>> > By BBC News Online Science Editor Dr David Whitehouse
>>> >
>>> > In what is bound to become a much debated and highly controversial
>> experiment,
>>> > a team of US scientists have wired a computer to a cat's brain and
>>> > created
>>> > videos of what the animal was seeing.
>>> >
>>> > According to a paper published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Yang
>> Dan, Garret
>>> > Stanley and Fei Li of the University of California at Berkeley have
>> been able
>>> > to "reconstruct natural scenes with recognizable moving objects."
>>> >
>>> > The researchers attached electrodes to 177 cells in the so-called
>>> > thalamus
>>> > region of the cat's brain and monitored their activity.
>>> >
>>> > The thalamus is connected directly to the cat's eyes via the optic
>> nerve. Each
>>> > of its cells is programmed to respond to certain features in the cat's
>> field of
>>> > view. Some cells "fire" when they record an edge in the cat's vision,
>> others
>>> > when they see lines at certain angles, etc. This way the cat's brain
>> acquires
>>> > the information it needs to reconstruct an image.
>>> >
>>> > The scientists recorded the patterns of firing from the cells in a
>> computer.
>>> > They then used a technique they describe as a "linear decoding
>> technique" to
>>> > reconstruct an image.
>>> >
>>> > To their amazement they say they saw natural scenes with recognisable
>> objects
>>> > such as people's faces. They had literally seen the world through
>>> > cat's
>> eyes.
>>> >
>>> > Other scientists have hailed this as an important step in our
>> understanding of
>>> > how signals are represented and processed in the brain.
>>> >
>>> > It is research that has enormous implications.
>>> >
>>> > It could prove a breakthrough in the hoped-for ability to wire
>> artificial limbs
>>> > directly into the brain. More amazingly, it could lead to artificial
>>> > brain
>>> > extensions.
>>> >
>>> > By understanding how information can be presented to the brain, some
>>> > day,
>>> > scientists may be able to build devices that interface directly with
>> the brain,
>>> > providing access to extra data storage or processing power or the
>> ability to
>>> > control devices just by thinking about them.
>>> >
>>> > One of the scientists behind this current breakthrough, Garret
>>> > Stanley,
>> now
>>> > working at Harvard University, has already predicted machines with
>>> > brain
>>> > interfaces.
>>> >
>>> > Such revolutionary devices should not be expected in the very near
>> future. They
>>> > will require decoding information from elsewhere in the brain looking
>>> > at
>>> > signals that are far more complicated than those decoded from the
>>> > cat's
>>> > thalamus but, in a way, the principle has been demonstrated.
>>
>