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Wednesday, April 28, 2004
 

FDA Approves Human Brain Implant Devices


Cyberkinetics founder Dr. John Donoghue, a Brown University neuroscientist, attracted attention with research on monkeys that was published in 2002 in the journal Nature.

Three rhesus monkeys were given implants, which were first used to record signals from their motor cortex - an area of the brain that controls movement - as they manipulated a joystick with their hands. Those signals were then used to develop a program that enabled one of the monkeys to continue moving a computer cursor with its brain.

The idea is not to stimulate the mind but rather to map neural activity so as to discern when the brain is signaling a desire to make a particular physical movement.

"We're going to say to a paralyzed patient, 'imagine moving your hand six inches to the right,'" Surgenor said.

Then, he said, researchers will try to identify the brain activity associated with that desire. Someday, that capacity could feed into related devices, such as a robotic arm, that help patients act on that desire.




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List of Fetishes


Wow. I had no idea that there are formal, scientific names for these things... Some Highlights from the list:


Apotemnophilia: Arousal by self-amputation.

Asphyxia: Inducing sexual climax through strangulation.

Auxiliary intercourse: Sexual climax achieved by moving the erect penis
back and forth in the armpit. Also known as bagpiping.

Balloons: fetish involving blowing up or popping inflatable objects.

Capnolagnia: Arousal from watching others smoke.

Crating: S&M practice in which a master packs his slave in a crate and
sends him to friends by post.

Dog in a bathtub: Act of inserting testicles into partner’s anus, so
called for being as tricky as its namesake.

Emetophilia: Arousal from vomit or vomiting.

Giantess: Fetish involving imaginary giant women.

Harpaxophilia: Arousal from being robbed.

K/S: Erotic material featuring the original the Star Trek main
characters Kirk and Spoke having sex with each other.

Pony Play: Sexual practice involving people being treated as horses.

Scat.: short for scatological (Sexual practices with feces).

Sploshing: Sexual play involving covering the body with food (especially
associated with England, often involving baked beans and molasses).

Super-Heros: Sex play involving dressing up as super-Heroes.

Taphephilia: arousal from being buried alive.

Vominatrix: A dominatrix who specializes in vomiting on her clients.





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Sunday, April 25, 2004
 

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Rhino Attempts to have Sex with Tourists' Car.


LONDON (Reuters) - A rampant rhinoceros gave a group of visitors a glimpse of nature in the raw at a British safari park when he tried to have sex with their car.

Sharka, a two-ton white rhino, got amorous with Dave Alsop's car when he stopped with three friends to take pictures of the animal mating with his partner Trixie at the West Midland Safari Park.

The 12-year-old rhino tried to mount the Renault Laguna from the side, denting the doors and ripping off the wing mirrors before Dave drove away with a puffing Sharka in pursuit.

"He was a big boy and obviously aroused," Alsop told the Sun newspaper on Thursday. "He sidled up against us. The next thing I know he's banging away at the car and it's rocking like hell."

A spokeswoman for the park, which says "rhinos are not particularly intelligent animals" on its Web site, said Sharka was a hit with the female rhinos and had fathered two calves in the last five years.

"He's got a bit of a reputation this lad and he was obviously at it again," she added.

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Thursday, April 15, 2004
 

Posthuman System #1: Cockroach with Wireless Video



PROJECT DESCRIPTION

This project involves a set of living Giant Madagascan Hissing cockroaches equipped with miniature wireless videocameras on custom-built backpacks. These specialized backpacks are worn by the cockroaches and transmit wireless video to televisions within the gallery space. The cockroaches are contained within a medium-sized terrarium placed on a plinth within the installation space, and are able to roam around the external environment during predetermined times.

This work is positioned within the context of technology in relationship to contemporary human culture. Posthumanism - which can be defined as a re-working of the limitations of the human form through radical uses of technological means - appears to be primarily concerned with issues of genetics and other efforts to extend and enhance human-oriented life. This work comments on posthumanism through the definition of non-human forms inheriting the title of "posthumans". Although transhumanist efforts will likely enhance human life, it is still most probable that non-human organisms - like the resilient cockroach, for example - will outlast human society.

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