“The brain fragment, cut from the hippocampus, looked like a piece of thinly sliced garlic. It rested on a platform near the center of the contraption. A narrow tube bathed the slice in a solution of salt, glucose, and amino acids. This kept it alive, after a fashion: neurons in the slice continued to fire, allowing the experimenters to gather data.” MIT Tech Review: The US military is trying to read minds. “A new DARPA research program is developing brain-computer interfaces that could control ‘swarms of drones, operating at the speed of thought.’ What if it succeeds?” (I’m gonna use this excuse when I’m being distracted at home. “Kids, Daddy is controlling a swarm of drones with his mind. Ask your mother.”)