dnalounge update

DNA Lounge update, wherein the War on Fun gets some national press, plus fake bands.
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Vocalizations Return to Paralyzed Man, Via Wireless Brain-Computer Interface

Academic researchers have implanted a wireless brain-machine interface into a locked-in subject who is almost completely paralyzed.
The system uses brain electrodes to read signals meant for jaw and mouth muscles. An FM radio is used to transmit these brain signals to a computer, which transforms them into recognizable sounds. Currently the system is only able to produce vowels, but with more electrodes and more powerful algorithms it should be able to scale up to fully vocalized words.

Previously, previously.

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A Blueprint for a Quantum Propulsion Machine

As Feigel puts it: "mechanical action of quantum vacuum on magneto-electric objects may be observable and have a significant value."
Of course, nobody is getting a free lunch here. "Although the proposed engine will consume energy for manipulation of the particles, the propulsion will occur without any loss of mass," says Feigel. He even suggests, with masterful understatement, that this might have practical implications.

So basically, you can create thrust by interacting with virtual particles that don't actually exist. It's not quite a zero-point generator, but it still relies on pushing against fiction.

I guess it works basically the same way as turning electricity into thrust by pushing against a planetary magnetosphere, but without the planet?

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