Optic Nerve Stimulation Device Could Provide Visual Aid for Blind People

Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have developed a new type of intraneural electrode to bypass the eyeball and send messages directly to the brain through the optic nerve. The technique could provide a visual aid for permanently blind people. Using retinal implants to treat blindness is a developing field. The concept… Read More »

‘Cocooning’ parents want family to stay the hell away from newborns

When Nicolle and Brad Pritchard bring their newborn home from the hospital in a couple of weeks, they’ll arrive to an empty apartment: no friends, no family, not even their own parents. That’s because the Pritchards have imposed a strict visiting policy: no guests at their Bed-Stuy apartment for two weeks and no overnight stays… Read More »

Plague-infected prairie dogs in Colorado pose health risk to humans, areas of wildlife refuge remain closed

Parts of a wildlife refuge near Denver, Colorado, remain closed after a colony of prairie dogs was infected with plague, a serious bacterial infection that can spread to humans, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced. Although certain areas of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, which stretches roughly 15,000 acres, is now open… Read More »