Mimicking the human brain is a dream of many scientists, both the computer world, which is envious of the energy efficiency and learning character of our brain, and the medical world, which seeks solutions to neural problems. Scientists at the Eindhoven University of Technology, the Italian Institute of Technology, and  Stanford University have succeeded in developing artificial synapses that can actually communicate with living cells. This system may be used in the future to ‘connect’ prostheses to the brain. The results are published in Nature Materials.

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