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Old 03-01-2007, 07:07 AM   #1
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March 1, 2007: Remotely controlled dove



20minutos.es has this one in their daily gallery. It's Shandong University in Qingdao, China, and they say they've worked out how to place electrodes in the dove's brain such that they can direct where it flies.

Dove? Or pigeon?

Anyway, I sort of doubt it. The decisions on where and how to fly roll through the bird's brain really fast. They may be able to tell it to turn left one time, lowering its left wing or whatever, but they surely can't direct it as if with a joystick or Wii controller.

The picture is striking, because it looks like these guys are just rudely cutting into the bird's skull, inserting their controller, and then covering the whole wound up with a hot glue gun. (It's probably not actually glue, but still.) It just doesn't seem like there would be enough bogus science involved to justify hurting the animal.

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Old 03-01-2007, 07:12 AM   #2
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This was in the Metro yesterday, but without such a graphic picture.
I thought at the time that it sounded grim.
That's definitely a pigeon in my book.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:09 AM   #3
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the Chinese definitely need a PETA chapter.
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:25 AM   #4
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Dove? Or pigeon?
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In general parlance the terms "dove" and "pigeon" are used somewhat interchangeably. In ornithological practice there is a tendency for "dove" to be used for smaller species and "pigeon" for larger ones, but this is in no way consistently applied, and historically the common names for these birds involve much variation between "dove" and "pigeon".
dove == pigeon == flying rat.

All the same, eek!
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Old 03-01-2007, 08:33 AM   #5
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This is so chinese.

It really is.

"We need mind control! I dont care if you have to open-air the brain, do it!"
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:09 AM   #6
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I can understand the use of animals in some experiments for medical research but only if there is no other alternative.
This just seems needlessly cruel. I hope every bird in China craps on the researcher's heads and then pecks their eyes out.
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:47 AM   #7
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Oh, the fun I'll have with this...!
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Old 03-01-2007, 09:53 AM   #8
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bird crap on a treadmill...

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Old 03-01-2007, 10:11 AM   #9
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Wacky f'in Asians.
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Old 03-01-2007, 10:44 AM   #10
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My partner is terrified of birds. I *need* to get my hands on one of these things.

No more sleeping on the couch for me, once I set my pigeon to "eye-pecking" mode
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:50 PM   #11
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That picture kind of reminds me of how lobster tails are served.
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Old 03-01-2007, 02:51 PM   #12
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That picture kind of reminds me of how lobster tails are served.
Cockroaches of the Sea. Filthy.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:05 PM   #13
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Why don't we chop a hole in some Chinese person's head, implant a chip, apply some sticky holding substance, so we can see WHAT THE F*** POSSESSES THEM TO DO SUCH STUPID THINGS?
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:13 PM   #14
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Why don't we chop a hole in some Chinese person's head, implant a chip, apply some sticky holding substance, so we can see WHAT THE F*** POSSESSES THEM TO DO SUCH STUPID THINGS?
I second that.
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"Shall I give you a kiss?" Peter asked and, jerking an acorn button off his coat, solemnly presented it to her.
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Old 03-01-2007, 03:19 PM   #15
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I wonder if the missile defense system will pick it up?
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