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This rat thing was mentioned here in the States on Science Friday [http://www.sciencefriday.com/] last Friday on National Public Radio. By way of contrast, they also mentioned the lamprey-controlled robots of yore [http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_1043000/1043001.stm].
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