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Elon Musk’s Neuralink ‘shows monkey playing Pong with mind’

Elon Musk’s Neuralink ‘shows monkey playing Pong with mind’

Technology
NeuralinkNeuralink, Elon Musk's computer to brain interface firm, has released a video it claims shows a monkey playing the video game Pong with its mind.Its brain signals were sent wirelessly via an implanted device.The hope is that the interface could eventually allow people with neurological conditions to control phones or computers remotely.One expert said the fact no wires were used represented "significant progress", but more data was needed.The macaque monkey, named Pager, was first taught to play the video game with a joystick, and was rewarded with a fruit smoothie.During this process, the Neuralink device recorded the information about which neurons were firing to control which movements.Then the joystick was disconnected, leaving the monkey to control gameplay with its mind only...
‘Lazy’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor goal record after signing huge new contract shows Arsenal captain may be ‘another Mesut Ozil’ as Martin Keown calls for Gabriel Martinelli to replace him

‘Lazy’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s poor goal record after signing huge new contract shows Arsenal captain may be ‘another Mesut Ozil’ as Martin Keown calls for Gabriel Martinelli to replace him

Sports
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s struggles in front of goal since signing a whopping £350,000-a-week contract are a big concern for Arsenal. The striker was brought in for a club-record fee of £54million back in January 2018, and he netted 54 Premier League goals in his first two-and-a-half seasons at the Emirates. GETTY Aubameyang was a goalscoring machine at the start of his Arsenal career GETTY But he’s been poor in 2020/21 and not looked the same player His goals helped them win an FA Cup and Community Shield trophy last summer and he bagged himself a Premier League Golden Boot in 2019. This campaign, however, it’s been a different story. The pacy forward has scored only nine league goals this season...
Poll shows majority of Japanese want prime minister to resign soon

Poll shows majority of Japanese want prime minister to resign soon

World
April 5 (UPI) -- The majority of respondents to a Japanese poll said they would prefer to see Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga resign either immediately or by fall, according to a local press report. The Yomiuri Shimbun reported that a recent survey of more than 1,000 people showed 47% of respondents said they would prefer Suga resign in September, when a ruling party leadership contest is scheduled to take place. Advertisement Another 12% of respondents said they would prefer Suga "resign immediately," indicating nearly 60% of respondents do not see a need for Suga to stay in office in the long term, according to the Yomiuri. Report of the Japanese survey comes as the health ministry disclosed data showing 80% of COVID-19 deaths occurred in Japan's third wave of coronavirus infecti...
Whisker simulation shows how follicles send sensory touch signals to mammal brains

Whisker simulation shows how follicles send sensory touch signals to mammal brains

Science
April 1 (UPI) -- For many animals, whiskers offer what fingers provide humans -- invaluable sensory information. Though aware of their importance, scientists have struggled to understand exactly how whiskers work. Part of the problem is that the most important part of the whisker, as a source of sensory signals, is hidden beneath the skin inside the follicle. Advertisement To better understand the mechanics of mammalian whiskers, researchers combined new anatomical observations with sophisticated digital simulations. The analysis, detailed Thursday in the journal PLOS Computational Biology, suggests the base of the whisker forms an S-shaped bend inside the follicle when it brushes against an object, pulling on some sensory cells and pushing on others. "Although researchers have examined ...
Derek Chauvin trial: New footage shows George Floyd pleading with officers

Derek Chauvin trial: New footage shows George Floyd pleading with officers

World
A court has been shown new police bodycam footage of George Floyd pleading with officers during his arrest, saying: "I'm not a bad guy."The video comes as the murder trial of ex-officer Derek Chauvin continues for a third day. In it, Mr Floyd is seen begging for police not to harm him.The footage also shows Mr Chauvin with his knee on Mr Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes.Mr Floyd's 2020 death sparked global protests over policing and racism.Mr Chauvin, 45, denies charges of murder and manslaughter. Defence lawyers have indicated they will argue that 46-year-old Mr Floyd died of an overdose and poor health, and the force used was reasonable. Observers of the trial say footage shown of Mr Floyd's actions before and during the arrest may be an attempt by prosecutors to deal with the all...