Friday, December 28, 2007

Discover Magazines Science Stories of the Year

Discover Magazine put together their list of the top science stories of 2007. I've been a subscriber for as long as I can remember and pretty much read cover to cover - albeit I'm always a couple months behind.

Of the 20 top stories, the most interesting to me was the story of scientists implanting electrodes in the brain of long term coma patient to awaken him.

Reawakening the Dormant Mind

It’s almost as if his brain was stuck in idle. “He still had these network connections that could in principle be recruited,” Schiff explains, “but the brain was not regulating its own level of activity properly.”

If this is indeed an accurate summary of the biggest science stories of the year it's a pretty depressing list overall.

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