Scientists have linked the brains of two rats so that they can communicate via an electronic link.
The direct brain link was devised by Professor Miguel Nicolelis and his team at Duke University Medical Center. Wired brain implants in each of the rats enabled sensory and motor signals to be communicated directly from one animal to the other, a form of technological telepathy. The link was tested through a series of experiments in which one rat received signals explaining how to solve a simple puzzle from the second rat it was connected to.
"Until recently we used to record this brain activity and send it to a computer... and the [computer] tells us what the animal is going to do," said Prof Nicolelis. "So we reasoned, if we can do that with a computer, could another brain do that?"
"Scientists have connected the brains of lab rats, allowing one to communicate directly to another via cables."
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