Born to hand jive

You might remember this cool “brain-spine interface” from 2016, which enabled two partially paralyzed monkeys to walk again. We’re happy to provide you with another, similar approach to addressing spinal cord injuries, this time in good ol’ Homo sapiens. UCLA researchers used a noninvasive technique called transcutaneous enabling motor control (tEmc, don’t ask us why the ‘E’ is capitalized) on six study participants who have been severely paralyzed for at least a year. Some of them have even been paralyzed over 10 years. But after just eight sessions using tEmc, the participants were able to exert fine motor control over their hands—allowing them to perform tasks like opening doors, and generally giving patients an important sense of independence. Damn, that’s got to be satisfying. Just like this video.