The Poison Garden

The Alnwick Poison Garden is one of the many public gardens attached to Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, England. The castle itself is the second largest in Great Britain. The Alnwick Poison Garden boasts some of the world’s most dangerous plants, hence the name. Behind big black gates, the carefully curated garden contains about 100 varieties illegal narcotics including poppies, which are used to make opium, the poisonous Atropa belladonna (also known as deadly nightshade), Strychnos nux-vomica (used to make strychnine), Cocoa (from which cocaine is produced), hemlock (used to kill Socrates), cannabis and more.

Synthetic Synapse could take us to Artificial Brains

A recent breakthrough in the development of an artificial synapse suggests that assistive devices and other prostheses won’t be limited to just missing joints and failing organs. Researchers in Japan have shown that it’s possible to mimic synaptic function with nanotechnology, a breakthrough that could result in not just artificial neural networks, but fixes for the human brain as well.