13 09, 2023

When Phineas Gage’s Skull Met An Iron Bar, Things Got Weird (Cool Weird Awesome 1086)

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Today in 1848, a workplace accident caused an iron bar to go through the skull and brain of railroad worker Phineas Gage. Somehow, he lived, and ended up changing science forever.

19 05, 2021

Maybe Our Wildest Dreams Are Wild For A Reason (Cool Weird Awesome 539)

By |2021-05-19T09:06:38-04:00May 19, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

We don’t know for sure why dreaming is a thing at all - but a neuroscience researcher at Tufts University has an idea that might help explain them. It’s called the overfitted brain hypothesis - and it’s based on something that happens with artificial intelligence. Plus: a new book showcases scenic photos of certain small buildings in the Alps that everybody has to use once in a while.

24 02, 2020

A Brain Implant That Can Bypass A Damaged Eye And Send Images To The Mind (Cool Weird Awesome 244)

By |2020-02-24T09:41:09-05:00February 24, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

The technology I like best is the technology that helps people do what they couldn’t do before, like a new brain implant that can put images from a camera in front of blind people. Plus: Rita Ebel is making the German town of Hanau more accessible for wheelchair uses, by using LEGO.

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