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Hearing through sight: Brain plasticity and why cochlear implants work better for some people than others. Pictured: X-ray image of a cochlear implant. (Credit: © CERCO and Purpan Hospital)

Hearing through sight: Brain plasticity and why cochlear implants work better for some people than others. Pictured: X-ray image of a cochlear implant. (Credit: © CERCO and Purpan Hospital)

Coming soon: A brain implant to restore memory by Kerry Sheridan The implantable BrainGate neural interface can detect and record brain signals, allowing persons who have lost the use of arms and legs to have point-and-click control of a computer. A BrainGate device has remained functional for 2.7 years (1,000 days). May 1, 2014 Credit: Matthew McKee/BrainGate Collaboration

Coming soon: A brain implant to restore memory by Kerry Sheridan The implantable BrainGate neural interface can detect and record brain signals, allowing persons who have lost the use of arms and legs to have point-and-click control of a computer. A BrainGate device has remained functional for 2.7 years (1,000 days). May 1, 2014 Credit: Matthew McKee/BrainGate Collaboration

Now that the FDA has approved multiple devices for connecting to human brains--the door is open to some wonderful/frightening stuff.

Now that the FDA has approved multiple devices for connecting to human brains--the door is open to some wonderful/frightening stuff.

New implants made of fine, flexible mesh last longer and cause less damage than current ones do

New implants made of fine, flexible mesh last longer and cause less damage than current ones do

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