Neuroscience

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Erik Sorto controls a blender with a robotic arm

JUICED UP  With brain implants and his thoughts, quadriplegic Erik Sorto makes a robotic hand grasp a control to switch on a blender and make a smoothie. 

The dress, and how people interpreted the colors of it

Regardless of whether people had seen the picture of “the dress” previously (naïve versus not naïve), perceptions of its colors fell cleanly into two blue/black or white/gold camps, with a handful of respondents seeing blue/brown.

fruit fly

BUZZ KILL  An overhead shadow can scatter fruit flies (one shown), a response that may eventually help scientists understand complex emotions in people. 

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