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Tiny implantable solar panels could help the blind see one day

Fusion

Inside your eye are tiny retinal cells whose job is to translate the visual signals you encounter every day — colors and edges — into signals your brain can understand. Without these photoreceptors, you can’t see. And retinal degeneration, in which these receptors start to die off, is one of the leading causes of blindness.

But one group of scientists may be nearing a solution. In a paper published in the journal Nature Medicine this week, researchers describe a tiny, honeycomb-shaped wireless implant that helps restore vision in rats with retinal degeneration. These rats had lost some of their light-sensitive cells , but they still had intact bipolar and ganglion cells — the cells that photoreceptors hook up to. By using the wireless implant to directly stimulate these cells, researchers were able to restore partial vision to the rats.

In a nutshell, the way the procedure works is that when light hits the eye, the wireless device sends an electrical impulse to bipolar cells…

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What Really Happened to Freddie Gray?

Alt News Reports

This police timeline of events as published by Cnn.com below does not compute.  How does a young man end up with his spine “80% severed at the neck” from riding in the back of a police van after being arrested? The outrage over the death of Freddie Gray has now spilled over into violent riots of grief and rage all over Baltimore. 235 arrests have been made after the riots and looting of April 27th 2015. I set out this morning to try and locate any sensible published reports which explain how Freddie actually died – an why. I’m still looking for facts, and they seem to be few and far between.

Cnn.com’s published “police timeline” of the day Freddie Gray was arrested:

This is what police say occurred:

8:39:12 a.m., Sunday, April 12

At the corner of North Avenue and Mount Street in Baltimore, a police officer makes…

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Boko Haram ‘Re-Brands’ as Islamic State in West Africa

All of these Islamic groups follow the same book, share the same goal, believe most devoutly. This makes sense. Boko Haram Re-Brands as Islamic State in West Africa, CSP, by Nicholas Hanlon, April 23, 2015 ;(thanks to Counter Jihad Report)

Nigerian special forces prepare to fight Boko Haram in Diffa, March 26, 2015. The country's army has reportedly severed Boko Haram?s access to arms suppliers, forcing the insurgents to resort to less sophisticated weaponry. REUTERS/Joe Penney

There is a lot of relatively good news on the progress of the Nigerian army in it’s efforts to defeat Boko Haram. Here is where all of the nit-picking about the differences between IS and Boko Haram will mean even less. Boko Haram was lionized for it’s ability to take and hold territory. However, because of it’s primary driver as an internationally connected Islamist group that is ideologically driven, it will adapt to a new menu of tactics that resemble Al Shabaab. This is where the relationship beetween IS and Boko Haram becomes significant. MORE >>> Boko Haram ‘Re-Brands’ as Islamic State in West Africa

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