Category Archives: Mad Scientist

Stories about real discoveries in science.

Wireless Support for my Brain

Oh, technology, how we love you so…

Thanks to LifeHacker and 60 Minutes I have learned that we are now able to control external physical objects with our brains.

You currently have two choices in fashion wear: a skull cap or an outlet.  The skull cap is sleek, and could be worn in even the most formal of circumstances.  I’m sure the Spring line will be spruced up.  The cap uses small sensors which press against your skull to capture brain wave electrical impulses.  A conductive gel is applied through small holes in the cap to help signal capture.  Hair seemed to have a negligable effect.

The outlet is just a simple multi-pin plug poking out of the top of your skull.  The plug is rather cumbersome, but surely that will get smaller and smaller over time.  I’m thinking this whole “spike in the head” look will be coming back into fashion.  The plug actually attaches to a chip which has been implanted into the brain.  This system looks to be much more advanced and probably has more overall potential.

I have to ask though, when can I get the brain chip in Bluetooth?

Jurasic Brew

Who didn’t love Jurassic Park?  Totally wicked monster movie—worth watching once with good speakers and amplifiers.  What you may not know is that this film was based upon some real scientific facts and a real scientist (no, not Dr. Science).

So there is this not-mad scientist named Raul Cano who likes to extract microbes trapped in amber prisons after serving extremely long sentences.  This is where Jurassic Park plucked their idea for extracting dinosaur DNA.  Truth is so cool, we really don’t need to make things up.

Raul managed to get a sample of dormant yeast from a piece of amber dating from maybe 45 million years ago.  Totally different from today’s yeasts, these oldies aren’t able to process as wide a variety of carbohydrates.  What did Raul do with these old yeasties?  The only thing to do: brew beer.