Written for the University of Michigan’s One Cool Thing mobile app (07/12/15)
Make your brain better
Forget brain food and start thinking brain mesh. A group of researchers specializing in nanotechnology have developed a prototype of what in science fiction novels is described as neural lace, or a perfect combination of mechanical and neurological circuitry, reports Gizmodo.
These “mesh electronics” are so small that they syringe injectable, and have already been successfully tested on mice where the device was readily accepted and integrated into their neurological systems. In the future, applications may include recording brain activity, administering therapeutics for degenerative brain diseases, increasing brain function, and perhaps even one day creating a human internet of sorts.