A neuroscientist has linked the brains of two rats together, so when one of them pushes a lever - the other one does, too!
The rats were trained to push a lever when a light went on, but after a while, electrodes were placed in the rodent's brains.
Soon they had one rat pushing a level because of the light, and another rat pushing the lever only as a response to the brain stimulation it felt from its partner rat.
Here's what one scientist said:
"These experiments showed that we have established a sophisticated, direct communication linkage between brains. Basically, we are creating what I call an organic computer."
For anyone worried about these experiments starting the rise of a a group of super rats invading our homes - the scientist said that nothing of the sort can arise from this research.
"I don't think there's any risk of supersmart rats from this. There's a big difference between sharing sensory information and being able to plan. I'm not worried about an imminent invasion of 'rat multiborgs'."
We were seriously worried about that, lolz!
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