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Old 02-21-2009, 05:12 PM
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Be very careful what you think about Shania Twain

http://technology.timesonline.co.uk...icle5774191.ece


Be very careful what you think about Shania Twain. Not only is she a national hero in her homeland of Canada, she’s popular in America too, with the bestselling country album of all time to her name. Now, new technology developed by scientists in Toronto enables Canadians to detect how you feel about their favourite singer – without you even saying a word.

A team of researchers from the University of Toronto has developed a brain-scanning headset that can detect a person’s preferences, with an accuracy of 80%. The headset is fitted with fibre-optic cables that emit infrared light at around the same frequency as a typical TV remote control.

This harmless radiation is beamed into the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain associated with decision-making. Here it is scattered by blood vessels, and the reflections are picked up by sensors on the headband. By measuring the amount of oxygen in the blood, researchers can decode brain activity and determine whether a person prefers Twain’s country pop to, say, the crooning of Céline Dion.

Previous brain-reading systems required people to sing songs in their heads to trigger a response, and used the expensive MRI scanners found in hospitals. The new technology is based on cheap, lightweight infrared emitters and needs nothing more than its user to decide which of two options they favour.

Researchers are hoping to develop a brain-reading headset to help disabled children express themselves. The next logical step would be a head-mounted remote control to enable people to choose channels or control video games without lifting a finger. Best of all, nobody would hog this remote control, because everyone’s mind works differently. Increased brain activity indicates acceptance for some people and rejection for others, meaning headsets need to be calibrated personally.


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Old 02-22-2009, 11:29 AM
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These days I'm thinking it's not a good thing we're not hearing anything from her or her label about a new album...after that false rumor, nothing, nada, zero.
I think everyone's thoughts are the same as mine, more or less...
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Old 02-24-2009, 05:53 AM
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These days I'm thinking it's not a good thing we're not hearing anything from her or her label about a new album...after that false rumor, nothing, nada, zero.
I think everyone's thoughts are the same as mine, more or less...


I agree. Do I prefer Shania's country pop to, say, the crooning of Céline Dion? I "do" even though I also enjoy listening to Celine now and then. But Shania's the one, and I don't need a brain scan to admit that! Not hearing something makes one wonder where she is at no doubt.

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Old 02-25-2009, 12:39 PM
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Have faith...we will hear from her and I have a gut feeling that she is working on something that will knock our socks off!!!
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:13 PM
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I think it's interesting watching Shania items for sale on ebay. When she was laying low, the number of items for sale hovered around 500 and even went into the 400's for awhile. Then she made a single appearance and the items shot up to over 1000. What will happen when she comes out with an album? Skyrocket sales. (album) I do agree with Steph that it will be something that will knock our socks off. I would be very suprised if she would release anything inferior to what she has already done. I just don't see that happening. I believe it will be completely off the charts or nothing at all.
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>>>These days I'm thinking it's not a good thing we're not hearing anything from her<<<

I am ready for Shania's rap version of "Itsy Bitsy Spider" produced by Carrot Top with musical accompaniment by Rowdy Roddy Piper on the bagpipes. I'm not even kidding. Hey, Shania! Read my mind! New music! I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms.
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I think I'm having withdrawal symptoms.

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Me either, Chris! I hope it's soon!!
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