October 25th, 2004

i for one welcome our new rat-brain-controlled drone plane overlords

As mentioned by soulrefraction:

"Brain" in a dish could fly a plane

A University of Florida scientist has grown a living "brain" that can fly a simulated plane, giving scientists a novel way to observe how brain cells function as a network.

The "brain" - a collection of 25,000 living neurons, or nerve cells, taken from a rat's brain and cultured inside a glass dish - gives scientists a unique real-time window into the brain at the cellular level.