Scientists Work on “Sex-Chip” to Replace Viagra

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via Refreshing News

Viagra may soon be history, for scientists at Oxford University are working on an electronic “sex chip” that can stimulate pleasure centers in the brain. 

While the current technology is crude, the researchers say that the device could be perfected within a decade. 

The prospect of the chip has emerged from progress in deep brain stimulation, in which tiny shocks from implanted electrodes are given to the brain. 

For past few months scientists have been focusing on an area of the brain just behind the eyes known as the orbitofrontal cortex. This is associated with feelings of pleasure derived from eating and sex. 

A recent research survey, which was conducted by Morten Kringelbach, senior fellow at Oxford University’s department of psychiatry, and reported in the Nature Reviews Neuroscience journal, found that the orbitofrontal cortex could be a “new stimulation target” to help people suffering from anhedonia – an inability to experience pleasure from such activities.  Continue reading

Scientists Meet Hollywood and Makes New Pact To Merge Forces

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Hopefully more shows like Fringe will come out of this merger

via eureka

LOS ANGELES — The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) announced today the creation of “The Science and Entertainment Exchange,” an initiative designed to connect entertainment industry professionals with top scientists and engineers to help the creators of television shows, films, video games, and other productions incorporate science into their work. The Exchange represents the Academy’s first formal effort to reach out to the entertainment community and provide the creative minds of Hollywood with a direct connection to the creative minds of science.

“Television and film can involve the public in the latest advances in science, medicine, and technology,” said NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone. “By building strong connections between the entertainment and science communities, we’re hoping to provide an important service to both Hollywood and the viewing public.”

Director Jerry Zucker and his wife, producer Janet Zucker, actively support the initiative. “The Exchange will provide filmmakers with an invaluable connection to scientific truth, but more importantly, we will have the ability to invent and explore the unknown with the great visionaries of science,” said Jerry. Janet Zucker added, “The Exchange will provide a place where scientific and artistic minds can come together to inspire each other, building a two-way street for both communities to learn and create.” Continue reading