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Winners and Losers 11.12

By Cody Worsham


Loser: Ted Cruz should stop tweeting


Despite ample talk of unifying the parties in the wake of their midterm successes, Republicans – Ted Cruz, to be specific – are still pushing divisive language for, apparently, shits and/or giggles, rather than for legitimate policy concerns. In the wake of President Obama’s support for Net Neutrality, voiced Monday in a post on Medium.com, Cruz let rip with one of the worst 108-character quips in the history of humankind: “‘Net Neutrality’ is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government.” The tweet – since deleted – revealed Cruz understands neither Obamacare nor Net Neutrality, but concealed the fact that Cruz has received thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from Comcast. Ah, it pays to be pompous.


Winner: Scientists achieve brain-to-brain communication over the Internet


Researchers at the University of Washington successfully replicated a 2013 study that achieved direct brain-to-brain communication, moving the hand of one participant with the brain activity of another with signals transmitted with the Internet. The signal sender simply thought about moving his hand, and the receiver’s hand completed the movement. Scientists hope the findings can be applied to help ‘patch’ missing or lost material suffered in brain damage, while desperate Facebookers hope to compel their friends to like their shitty status updates.




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