This weird contraption is a Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanner. It scans … your brain!
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) scanners work by measuring the magnetic field produced by the brain. While MEG scans don’t do a good job of deciphering the geography of the brain, they can easily detect instantaneous changes in brain activity, allowing scientists to track changes that happen in milliseconds.
Our weekly What is It? game, in collaboration of the What is It? blog is this strange tool: guess what it is and win a free Neatorama T-Shirt (I think I’ll one t-shirt contest a month from now on, till my supplies run out).
Game rules: place your guess on the comment section below but post no URL links (let others play, please!). Past winners can play, but won’t win anymore T-shirts, ok?
While you’re at it, definitely check out the What is It? blog for more fun stuff!
was nearly always seen wearing an eye patch, which was not mere accessorizing: He suffered from glaucoma throughout adulthood and eventually went completely blind. In fact, he dictated much of his latest book, Finnegans Wake, to his research assistant, Samuel Waiting for Godot Beckett.
But Joyce sometimes wore five wristwatches on one arm, which was mere eccentric accessorizing. He also asked his wife, Nora Barnacle, to sleep with another man so he could understand the feeling of being cuckolded, which seems a bit odd. (Nora declined.)
More than 800 acupuncture needles were pierced on the head of Wei Sheng, a Chinese medicine doctor from Guang Xi, Southwestern China. He once won a Guinness World Record for piercing 1790 needles on his body in 2004. He said that his main purpose of self-piercing is to promote China’s traditional acupuncture. He plans to pierce 2oo8 needles in his body as a special gift to Beijing Olympics in 2008, for which he has already reserved a hotel room in Beijing.