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(Super)Powers From Paying Attention

(Super)Powers From Paying Attention

For most of us, constantly paying attention to where we are is not part of our normal cognitive load.
Queen of the Vocaloids

Queen of the Vocaloids

Sensoree, your official non-official San Francisco Hatsune Miku Fan Club.
Forming Atemporality - The Ise Grand Shrine

Forming Atemporality – The Ise Grand Shrine

Ise Grand Shrine, Mie Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

Supersenses With Neural Manipulation

Results published in Nature Neuroscience to study brain activity in deaf cats shows how their vision is "enhanced" (better peripheral vision, detection of slow movement) due to the fact that part of their auditory cortex helps to process site, virtually extending the visual cortex in the brain. Given the similarity of a cat brain to a human brain, this connection may explain our understanding of how people limited to 3 or 4 senses have amplified sensation in their remaining senses. Most commonly, blind people have "superhearing" and vice-versa.

This study makes us think the brain is more plastic than previously thought. Even with an architecture, sensory dispatch isn't exclusively paired to any specific geography of the brain.

We're dripping with questions and ideas:
Seeing “Through” Metamaterials

Seeing “Through” Metamaterials

An electron microscope image of the fabricated structure, developed by UC Berkeley researchers. The alternating layers form small circuits that can bend light backwards. (Jason Valentine/UC Berkeley)

Scientists over at UC Berkeley are exploring metamaterials that achieve negative refraction of light in the optical frequencies. So, we're finally getting close to really tricking those fantastic lenses known as our eyes.

MIT Mediated Matter Group @ Stanford – October 4th

Neri Oxman of the MIT Mediated Matter Group - check out the press photos MIT is putting out these days. Engineers rock!

"Join us as Neri discusses her pioneering work at the technological forefront of design and explores the material intersection between architecture, engineering, computation, and ecology. Inspired by nature, her research seeks to integrate morphology, behavior, material and structure by combining computational form-finding strategies with biologically inspired fabrication technologies."