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Pentagon spurs new work on a brain implant to aid memory problems
Pentagon spurs new work on a brain implant to aid memory problems

It sounds like science fiction: A device that can be surgically installed in the brain to help form, store and recall memories. But the Pentagon is betting tens of millions of dollars that so-called neuroprosthetics will someday be used by victims of traumatic brain injuries and other conditions to overcome memory problems. Its first beneficiaries may be wounded warriors. But if the effort succeeds, healthy people too may one day clamor for implantable brain gear that can turbocharge human cognition. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced this week that it has contracted with UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania to lead a four-year effort to develop such a device....

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