MonthSeptember 2001

Boing Boing!

I’ve used links from Boing Boing frequently, but never formally recommended it. Boing Boing started out as a magazine in the early 90s. Along with Future Sex and Mondo 2000, Boing Boing helped start up the cyberpunk culture. Now it exists as a really hip web log. You can read the old magazine articles in the book Happy Mutant Handbook which is out of print but not hard to find.

Update: There’s now also a free anthology of material from the BB zine available here.

Burning Man and Chilling Woman

Burning Man has wrapped up for the year. Check out Wired News’coverage:

The yahoo factor was near zilch this year, one corset-clad attendee commented to her partner, and most longtimers agreed that the economy’s impact on attendance was a good thing, flattening the event’s skyrocketing attendance while also reducing the number of newcomers and looky-loos.

“The real diehards are here,” said Marque Cornblatt, who brought his “Waterboy” outfit,­ a see-through suit filled with several hundred pounds of water. “(There are) amazingly huge artworks and camps here, but fewer people to see them. But that’s fine; it means more things per person to see.”

Find the whole thing silly?

Check out Chillin’ Women (link via Memepool).

Neurons Used in Working Semiconductor

German researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Munich, Germany have constructed a working semiconductor that uses snail neurons.

Future hybrid neuron-semiconductor chips will consist of complex neural networks that are directly interfaced to electronic integrated circuits. They will help us to understand the dynamics of neuronal networks and may lead to novel computational facilities. Here we report on an elementary step towards such neurochips. We designed and fabricated a silicon chip for multiple two-way interfacing, and cultured on it pairs of neurons from the pedal ganglia of the snail Lymnaea stagnalis. These neurons were joined to each other by an electrical synapse, and to the chip by a capacitive stimulator and a recording transistor. We obtained a set of neuroelectronic units with sequential and parallel signal transmission through the neuron-silicon interface and the synapse, with a bidirectionally interfaced neuron-pair and with a signal path from the chip through a synaptically connected neuron pair back to the chip. The prospects for assembling more involved hybrid networks on the basis of these neuroelectronic units are considered.

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