Internet over your memory, Dogs and Rats over TB and cancer.
How the Internet is increasingly taking over human memory
Our increasing reliance on the Internet and the ease of access to the vast resource available online is affecting our thought processes for problem solving, recall and learning.
In a new article, researchers have found that ‘cognitive offloading’, or the tendency to rely on things like the Internet as an aide-mémoire, increases after each use. Be aware.
Rats are being trained to sniff out landmines and tuberculosis in Tanzania as part of a project which could one day use rodents to diagnose cancer.
Landmines continue to maim and kill across Africa and Asia but with the rats’ help the Belgian nonprofit organization Apopo has already neutralized 83,000 of the weapons.
In Mozambique, researchers are training rats to sniff out tuberculosis — a cutting-edge technique designed to improve diagnosis and save lives.
In another development a new German study has shown that dogs can sniff out lung cancer on the breath of patients. There is currently no other test for the disease.
Dogs that can sniff out prostate cancer from urine samples have been approved for trial by Britain’s National Health Service.