The Null Device
Brief but interesting interview with Neal Stephenson, who says a little about his upcoming book.
Bringing the age of direct-neural interfaces closer, researchers have created a robot controlled by the brain of a fish: (NewScientist)
To create the hybrid, the team extracted a lamprey's brainstem and part of its spinal cord under total anaesthetic, and maintained it in an oxygenated and refrigerated salt solution... Mussa-Ivaldi and his colleagues then attached electrodes to stimulate the Müller cells with the sorts of frequencies they would normally receive. Other electrodes monitored the activity at the axons, the output part of the neurons.
Irritainment: Another page poking fun at silly goth kids' pages. This one's even more sarky than Cheesiest Goth Site...
In the Melbourne University Computer Science building, cat-shaped stickers have mysteriously appeared on doors and other fixtures. There are quite a few, and they seem to be concentrated in the postgraduate student area.