skull implants

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(This a modern college AU) Thomas Jefferson roamed around the halls until he arrived at the door to his destination. "Damn Hamilton..." He muttered under his breath, knocking at the door. They had to do their project on the presidential election.

Alexander glared as he stepped through the doorway.

“You’re late.”

“A king is never late. Everyone else is simply early.” 

There was a pause and a pointed look from Hamilton before he dared to ask:

“Did you just quote The Princess Diaries?”

“Yeah, but you recognized it.”

He got a grunt in response as Alexander went back to the research on his laptop and continued with the project.

“Listen, I know we both want this done quickly. Any moment I don’t have to work with you is a gift in itself. Let’s get this done and we can go our separate ways. You can get back to your boyfriend or girlfriend or whoever.” 

Jefferson visibly stiffened, an action that didn’t go unnoticed by the man across the room.

“Hamilton, please.”

“What? Did they end it? I don’t blame them. Who could spend their life with you?”

“Alexander, I really don’t-”

“Oh, so I’m Alexander now? If we know one another that well, then yo can certainly explain the reason that-”

The look on Thomas’s face stopped his sentence short. He had never seen the young man so… broken.

Tears were trying not to well in the corners of his eyes, his fingers visibly trembling, and he suddenly looked like he hadn’t slept in days. Trying to cut the tension, Hamilton had them both go back to their project.

What he really did was pull up his messaging with Lafayette. 

[Hey, do you know what happened with Jefferson and Y/N? Did they dump his ass?]

{Alexander, no. Don’t you dare bring that up to him.}

[It might be too late for that]

{What the fuck did you say?}

[Nothing! I just asked if they finally left him]

{…you’re an idiot…}

[…]

{Have you really had your head that far up your ass? Christ, have you seen the news in the last, I don’t know, month?}

[What?]

{Don’t ask him. Just google it.}

[Um, okay… Thanks for the help, Frenchie.]

    

Pulling up a new tab, Alexander typed in “Y/N L/N” into the search engine.

23689 results in .70 seconds

Scrolling through the titles didn’t seem to be that specific, so he clicked on the first link.

Local Student Passes Away

After weeks of fighting a strong fight, Y/N L/N has succumb to the wounds that were inflicted in the tragic 4 car accident near the front of the student activity center. L/N was pulling their car into the roadway when a drunk driver rear-ended them, sending the vehicle skidding into two nearby cars.

The drunk driver, who the university has requested to remain unnamed until their trial date has been set, suffered minor injuries and one fracture. The other two cars were empty, but the force against their car caused Y/N L/N to badly injure their skull and brain tissue against the windshield.

Although they were wearing a seat belt, the car in question had a faulty airbag, which never went off. L/N was lifted to the nearby hospital, where they were rushed into surgery. A piece of their skull had somehow implanted itself within the brain, and swelling eventually caused the loved student to perish.

Their friends and loved ones were certainly taken on an emotional roller coaster, and many of them were too shaken to comment. One of the officers in charge of the case made a statement.

“When (Miss/Mr.) L/N first arrived at Hopevale Medical Center, doctors believed that they would survive, but things took an unfortunate turn for the worse on Tuesday, causing severe bleeding and swelling in the brain. They died in their significant other’s arms, and did get the chance to speak with them and their family before they passed away.”

Thankfully, family members and friends were able to get to the hospital in time to see their final moments, but were hoping that they would hold on and recover. According to sources, L/N made several attempts to stay alive, but were unable to win in the end.

Friends and family members say that they need time to grieve, but will try to get back to work and schooling next Monday.

A candlelight vigil will be held outside the student activity center around 8 o’clock this Thursday.

Alexander looked up to see Thomas furiously typing and wiping at his eyes, face scrunched and trying to hold off the silent sobs that were shaking him.

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A slight…cold…charge might be felt along the ear, along the base of the skull where the implant rested, perhaps even a subtle tickle of electricity that preceded just one second (barely one second) of silence…oh!  Such a connection there!  Honestly, Sky hadn’t been expecting THAT sort of influx of information -

Wait.

Sky could hear.  Actually HEAR things…like a HUMAN.  This wasn’t through a microphone, this was…interpreting vibrations like how a human ear would!  Maybe that was why Sky did not speak for quite some time, just basking in this new experience for them.  They could hear birds and cars and voices and footsteps…but also, hear and FEEL the owner’s own heartbeat.

Whoa.  Was this what it felt like to be alive?  In the physical world?

Who knew how long it had been?  A few hours?  Half a day?  But eventually, that androgynous voice took hold of the implant, quiet (had to be quiet because they were right there, actually in her ear and head) as they spoke with a somewhat hollowed out tone.  A simple question, and usually the very first question the entity asked, though most people answered with a completely unrelated question of their own.

“What are you doing?”

New Microscope Controls Brain Activity of Live Animals

For the first time, researchers have developed a microscope capable of observing—and manipulating—neural activity in the brains of live animals at the scale of a single cell with millisecond precision. By allowing scientists to directly control the firing of individual neurons within complex brain circuits, the device could ultimately revolutionize how neuroscience is done and lead to new insights about healthy brain functioning and neurological disorders.

“With this new microscope, we believe we will soon be able to treat the brain as the keyboard of a piano, so to speak, and write in a sequence of activity that is needed to understand or correct brain function,” said Hillel Adesnik, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology at the University of California, Berkeley, who led the research team. “After more refinements, this instrument may be able to function as a sort of Rosetta Stone to help us crack the neural code.”

Adesnik will present this research at the American Association of Anatomists Annual Meeting during Experimental Biology 2016. He has been awarded the American Association of Anatomists 2016 C.J. Herrick Award in Neuroanatomy.

To process inputs, store information and issue commands, the brain’s neurons communicate with each other through on-off electrical signals akin to the ones and zeroes used to encode information in computer programming. Although scientists have long been able to observe these signals with various imaging techniques, without understanding the “syntax” of how that digital code translates into information, the brain’s communication system has been essentially indecipherable.

“If you want to learn a language, you need a dictionary, and if you want to understand how a machine works, you need to know its parts,” said Adesnik. “We wanted to develop a technology that can offer a general approach to understand the basic syntax of neural signals, so that we can begin to understand what a given brain circuit is doing and perhaps what’s gone wrong with that in the case of a disease.”

The best way to learn that syntax, Adesnik said, is to not simply read the information, but to actually write it by making small tweaks in the code, inputting the new code back into the brain and seeing how it alters a perception or behavior. The new microscope, which Adesnik’s team developed by combining and building upon several existing technologies developed by other researchers, is the first to be able to handle and transmit information at a spatial and temporal scale that is truly relevant to manipulating brain activity.

“The brain is an enormous collection of single cells, and cells right next to each other could be doing entirely different things,” Adesnik said. “The resolution of our technique is key, because if you aren’t looking at a single cell you could be scrambling your code, so to speak, and you won’t be able to correctly interpret it. By overcoming the last technological hurdles to get to that single cell resolution, and at the same time getting to the temporal scale that cells operate at, we have developed a prototype microscope that achieves the level of detail needed to actually understand the neural code.”

The tool they have devised is essentially a microscope that points into the brain of a live mouse, zooms in on a few thousand cells and uses sophisticated lasers to manipulate electrical signals between individual neurons.

Since the lasers can penetrate brain tissue but not skull, the research team implanted small glass windows into the skulls of the mice used to test the instrument. When positioned atop the window, the microscope uses two different types of high-powered infrared lasers to create a 3-dimensional holographic pattern in a specific area of interest within the brain. Because the research is done in mice genetically modified to have neurons that respond to light—a technique called optogenetics—the hologram induces the neurons to send electrical signals in a specific pattern that is pre-determined by the researchers.

“We’re adapting holographic display technology, optogenetics and sensory biology and behavior into one complete system that allows an all-optical approach to image and manipulate the nervous system,” said Adesnik. “We’ve essentially put a lot of disparate existing pieces together to achieve something nobody had yet achieved.”

So far, the team has conducted preliminary tests of the instrument by mapping the effects of small perturbations, such as wiggling a whisker, and then creating holograms that induce the neurons to fire in the same—or slightly different—patterns. In a series of tests that are still underway, they are working with mice trained to push a specific lever when they see a certain shape in order to develop holograms that “trick” the mouse into seeing, for example, a circle where none exists, or to make the mouse perceive a square as a circle. In the near future, the team hopes to apply the microscope to studies of memory formation.  

Once it is further tested and refined, the most immediate applications for the microscope are likely to be in basic research, but Adesnik said it is conceivable that its core technology could one day be adapted for therapeutic use, for example, to correct neurological problems in a high-tech form of brain surgery. Such an application is still a long way off, however, and applying the device in human beings would require overcoming a whole new set of technological challenges.

President Obama recently named Adesnik as a recipient of a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.