Nope, it's no sci fi. Two rats' brains in two different countries have been interfaced!

4 years ago

It sounds like an episode of "Star Trek" but it's happening now. In our country. Oh yeah ... and in Brazil.

A rat in Brazil was trained to do a certain task and press a lever to get a reward. An implant in the rat's brain sends an electrical signal to a second rat - in North Carolina.

The rat in North Carolina knows nothing about rat No. 1 or that the task he was conditioned to perform, but because of the electrical signal he's getting from rat No. 1's brain, he knows to push the lever to get the reward.

Based on the researchers' comments, here are a few things to note:

1. This isn't telepathy. But it's as close as we've come so far.

2. It's like "a new central nervous system made of two brains."

3. Applying this technology to say, a "brain net" in which multiple people could provide solutions that one brain can't, could be a major breakthrough. 

Personally,  I'm thinking about the options for people in comas or who are paralyzed. I have no idea how it would work, but it seems like there's some potential!

Here's the story:

http://io9.com/5987567/

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