Wednesday, January 30, 2008


Doctors accidentally found a way to boost memory when trying to use Deep Brain Stimulation to curb the appetite of an obese man. The electrical stimulus triggered vivid memories and increased recall on tests. Researchers are now looking at the technique as a possible treatment for Alzheimer's.

TechRepublic has posted 25 more words every scifi fan should know (bringing the total to 100). I recognize almost all of these (much better than the last group).

CNet has a slideshow today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the US entering the space race (the first successful US satellite launch was 1-31-58, so the anniversary is actually tomorrow). has an article about the things that must happen to make the New Mexico Spaceport actually open in 2009 or 2010 as planned.

Lumix has found a way to make a longer-lasting, brighter, high-intensity discharge (HID) light bulb. The first consumer application will be in projection TVs.

Sam Raimi is trying to bring syndicated fantasy back to TV. The producer/director (Hercules, Xena, Spiderman) is now planning to make a TV series based on Terry Goodkind's series, named after the first book: Wizard's First Rule. Since the things I didn't like about the book are unlikely to end up in a TV adaptation, this could be interesting. They start production in May, and the show has already been picked up by Tribune stations.

There is nothing new on TV tonight, but there is a repeat that may be worth watching. ABC is showing the Lost season 3 finale with clues to get you caught up before the 4th season starts tomorrow.

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