This is old news really but still interesting ...
"perhaps the "most intriguing" possibility is that cat owners are more likely to be infected with the parasite Toxoplasma gondii; studies hint that the protozoan, carried by cats and transmitted in their feces, can cause changes in the brains of the humans it infects:
Infections from the parasite have been associated with self-inflicted violence as well as increased suicide rates in women. It has also been suggested that the inflammatory cytokines released during a T. gondii infection in the brain may be the cause of depression in some patients.
It's far from clear what explains the link. Regardless, the scientists wrote that it may make sense to screen cat-bite victims for depression, especially women."
Makes you wonder what other behavioural changes can some these parasites alter.
In other news Beluga whales are infected with T.Gondi, bad news for the Inuit.
#neuroscience #parasites #cats
The scientists believe such artificial muscles might be used in exoskeletons and prosthetics, selectively breathable clothing, automated environmental control systems, and humanoid robots.
The variable geared transmission. just came across this by one of those chain of following one vid after another. This is as is explained a far better transmission system than is currently used in commercial auto'd.
Could we ever see this system in commercial use...
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