The world is just freaking amazing. Imagine being trapped in a body with barely functioning motor control for 15 years. This woman has lived that life, after having a stroke.
Thanks to Leigh Hochberg’s team at Brown University, a tiny chip implanted in her brain now lets her control a robotic arm. She can reach out, grab, and manipulate objects with no more effort than her thoughts. The same effort that each of us make when we move our own arms.
This is such a heartwarming example of dedicated, hardcore scientific research affecting lives for the better. Just look at her face as she sips from the thermos (it’s at about 1:55, and you might get some dust in your eye).
Sure, space is an amazing frontier for inspiration. But if that doesn’t work out, we’ve got a whole lot of lives to change down here. And science is getting a great start.
Previously: A paralyzed man controls a prosthetic arm with his mind, high fives his girlfriend for the first time in years. (Additional face-water warning)
(via Wired Science)
And they got one pill to make you smaller
And they got one pill to make you scream
Darlin’ this heart is on fire
And this life is but a dream.
So alright, alright..
Tonight, tonight, we’re gonna ride like Silver on the desolation moonlight.
Tonight, tonight. Ain’t comin’ back until the mornin’ light.
Tonight, tonight It’s alright, alright..
Dance in my moonlight
My old friend the twilight
"It’s only time, it will go by.."
Be here, be present. Be amongst friends.