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Tiny brain chip implant could help curb epileptic fits by detecting the 'electrical storm' that occurs before seizures start

An electronic chip implanted in the brain could help to prevent epileptic fits, a study suggests.

The device, so far tested only in mice, can detect the ‘electric storm’ that occurs in the brain when a seizure starts and release a natural chemical to stop it, according to Daily Mail.

The chip, made from plastic and twice as thick as a human hair, could be scaled up and trialled in people within two years

Around 600,000 people have epilepsy and three in ten are unable to control their seizures as anti-epileptic drugs do not work for them.

Researchers 3D print prototype for 'bionic eye'

A team of researchers have, for the first time, fully 3D printed an array of light receptors on a hemispherical surface. This discovery marks a significant step toward creating a "bionic eye" that could someday help blind people see or sighted people see better, according to Science Daily.

"Bionic eyes are usually thought of as science fiction, but now we are closer than ever using a multimaterial 3D printer," said Michael McAlpine, a co-author of the study and University of Minnesota Benjamin Mayhugh Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Hubble spots gigantic 'eye in the sky' planetary nebula

It looks uncannily like an eye in the sky, staring back.

In face, this amazing image, captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, shows the planetary nebula NGC 3918, a brilliant cloud of colorful gas in the constellation of Centaurus, around 4,900 light-years from Earth.

It's 'eyeball' is actually dying remnants of a red giant star - and is a glimpse of what will one day happen to our own sun, according to Daily Mail.

During the final convulsive phase in the evolution of these stars, huge clouds of gas are ejected from the surface of the star before it emerges from its cocoon as a white dwarf.

Adult-child conversations strengthen language regions of developing brain

 Young children who are regularly engaged in conversation by adults may have stronger connections between two developing brain regions critical for language, according to a study of healthy young children that confirms a hypothesis registered with the Open Science Framework. This finding, was independent of parental income and education, suggesting that talking with children from an early age could promote their language skills regardless of their socioeconomic status, according to Science Daily.

Although decades of research have established a relationship between socioeconomic status and children's brain development, the specifics of this connection are not known. The so-called "word gap" -- the influential finding from the early 1990s that school-age children who grew up in lower-SES households have heard 30 million fewer words than their more affluent classmates -- and other evidence demonstrating an influence of early language exposure on later language ability suggests a potential influence of language experience on brain structure.

Palm oil: A new threat to Africa's monkeys and apes?

Endangered monkeys and apes will almost certainly face new risks if Africa becomes a big player in the palm oil industry.

That is the message of a study looking at how large-scale expansion of the oil crop in Africa might affect the continent's rich diversity of wildlife.

Most areas suitable for growing palm oil are key habitats for primates, according to researchers, according to BBC.

They say consumers can help by choosing sustainably-grown palm oil.