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Koniku Kore, Mouse Brain-Based Chip, Detects Explosives

The Koniku Kore device is mouse neuron-based electronic device that is able to breath in and smell air, meaning it could detect volatile chemicals and explosives.

Instead of copying a neuron, why not just take the biological cell itself and use it as it is? That thought is radical," says Dr. Agabe.

It is also a commonplace thought, says science fiction fandom. Readers recall the 1962 short story Laminated Mouse Brain Computer from Think Blue, Count Two, by Cordwainer Smith.

Philip K. Dick fans point out that the swibble, from Philip K. Dick's 1955 short story Service Call came earlier, and was actually an instance in which a living organism, in this case an artificially evolved telepathic metazoan, is combined with electronic circuitry.

Actually, this is an important point, because in developing his Koniku Kore device, Dr. Agabe points out that he has been successful in keeping the mouse neurons alive for about two months in the circuit.

But, well, mouse brains.

Via that respected journal, the Daily Mail.

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