Scientists genetically modified gerbils to hear light through an implant
A team of German scientists recently developed a spectacular new cochlear implant that uses light to simulate sound. So far it’s only been tested on gerbils, but the results are promising. Cochlear implants are a decades-old invention that uses electricity to stimulate or bypass deadened auditory nerves in order to trick the brain into “hearing” something. Many people who suffer hearing loss use these implants to restore at least some of their ability to experience sounds. The problem with the traditional cochlear implant is that electricity isn’t as nuanced as audio waves, which makes it a relatively poor replacement. Light,… This story continues at The Next Web
BENGALURU (July 18): Foreigners withdrew money from Asian bond markets for the third consecutive month in June, amid concerns increasing trade frictions between the United States and China will disrupt the region's economic growth.
Data from central banks and bond market associations showed foreigners sold a total of US$1.9 billion of bonds from India, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea and Malaysia in the last month.
BEIJING (July 19): China said on Thursday comments made by a senior White House official blaming Chinese President Xi Jinping for blocking progress on a deal to avert a trade war were “shocking” and “bogus” accusations.
The United States and China this month slapped tariffs on $34 billion of each other’s imports in an escalating trade tussle that has roiled financial markets.
U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened further tariffs unless Beijing agrees to change its intellectual property practices and high-technology industrial subsidy plans.