One businessman looks at the future with confidence that it will surely be a world of intelligent machines. Machines that can drive a car on its own or robots that can understand what we need before we ask it to them. On the other hand, as computers are evolving, the human brain has been limited to what it can do since the general public wants to bestow all these tasks to the machines. The integration of computer to the human brain has been a dream for so many years now, but it is no longer a fiction now. It can be done in order to keep up the pace with the machines.
The process is quite simple. A tiny chip is being implanted to the human brain to collect information and data that needs to be analyzed in order to check and help people currently suffering from neurological damage caused by Alzheimer’s, strokes or concussions. The chip is simply called neuroprosthetic. It is expected in the long run to boost intelligence, enhance the memory, and other brain tasks. This will surely be a great leap for mankind.
The device took years in the making, admits Bryan Johnson. The research demands more time to in order to fully established the task. In order to support the project, Johnson sold his company over PayPal. It may appear too impossible or in some ways too fictional to believe in, however, let us not forget that there are fictional beliefs in the past as well but science made them a reality.
This project can be a successful one when given enough financial support from international organizations. This project will soon accelerate scientific breakthroughs and will certainly provide answers to some questions that has been left hanging over centuries now.
Glial Cells come from the brain and have been found to have a contributing factor towards the body’s metabolism. These Glial Cells were first discovered in the 1800’s, for a long time they were thought to be passive and didn’t have any impact on the body. They are the ones responsible for holding the neurons in the brain and as well as in the nervous system. However, in recent studies, it has been discovered that Glial Cells have more roles than what was thought at first. There was more to these small cells than just holding neurons together. Some of their roles include functioning of the brain as well as development.
What more can the Glial Cells offer?
Aside from its job in the brain and in the nervous system, they are also discovered to have an effect on regulating the appetite and also the metabolism of the body. This opens up the option of treating obesity with the help of the Glial Cells. Obesity is thought to affect the increased activation of these Glial Cells particularly within the hypothalamus; this is the part of the brain where metabolic processes are controlled. Neurons were thought for a long period of time to control the energy of metabolism and nothing else could have done the job. Now things have changed because of the emergence of the Glial Cells into the picture.
The news also say that Glial Cells are connected with glucose more than you think they are. Studies have been published that insulin is the one that acts on the astrocytes that regulate the sugar intake that you find in the brain. Owing to a number of tests it was proven that the presence of glucose affected how Glial Cells appeared and move about which then connects with how the metabolism of the body works. In another study, it was fund out that majority of these cells in the hypothalamus divided at a higher rate.
There has been an increased need for airlines to have more seamless processing, improvement on the accuracy of threat detection as well as enhancements on the checking of baggage. As more and more people are using the airlines for travel, the TSA is currently exploring new security enhancements that will benefit not just the airport and airline personnel, but also its multitude of passengers.
New Technologies That Will Help Improve Airport Security
* CT Scanners – Computed Tomography (CT) Scanning, is a type of machine that is most commonly used to diagnose illnesses or diseases in hospitals. A similar technology is being considered as a solution that can help in improving airport security screening. The TSA has announced that it will be collaborating with American Airlines to install 3D CT Scanning machines in the US.
Analogic is offering a CT scanner called COBRA. This has been available since 2006. The importent benefits of CT technology allow passengers to keep laptops and liquids in the bag when they reach checkpoint. The machine maintains or exceeds the detection capability of existing equipment at checkpoints. CT technology can also collect more data.
The COBRA system is currently being tested at Luton Airport and it has currently agreed in installing this system permanently.
* Screening Lanes – In collaboration with American Airlines, the TSA has also announced that it is going to install security screening lanes in some airports. Key features of this lane include conveyor belts that automatically move carry-on bags through the X-ray scanner. Images are being captured before they go through and are linked to an X-ray scan. The RFID or the Radio Frequency Identification tags are also added to the bins as it will help in the accountability of items as they are being moved through the system. Bags that contain questionable items are being redirected to one side in order to allow a continuous, uninterrupted flow of passengers and bags.