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10,000 Spikerboxes!!!!111!!!one1!

As of this Monday, June 6 2016, we have made neuroscience history by selling our 10,000th Neuron Spikerbox!  You can see the count for yourself at our open finance page.

We would like to thank all of our customers so far for their support through the years.  Without you, we couldn’t bring first time spikes to so many people!

While the Spikerbox is our “core” product, and our first, it’s far from the only tool we sell to educators and aspiring neuroscientists. In addition to our numerous products, we have an extensive library of experiments suitable for classrooms, homes, or science fair projects!

So, will you help us reach 100,000 Neuron SpikerBoxes?  Maybe 10,000 Muscle SpikerBoxes?  If you’re all set with our products, keep using them and soon we’ll have over 100,000 first time spikes.

Last, but not least, we need to thank the humble cockroach-without these six legged heroes, the SpikerBox, and therefore Backyard Brains, could never have reached this point.  You can get some cockroaches for yourself, or show your love for them with our awesome t-shirts and roach logo mugs.

Thank you again, and continue on with the Neuro Revolution!

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Middle School students awarded for their Neuroscience experiments using the SpikerBox

Two students from Stone Magnet Middle School in Florida, with the guidance of their teacher, Richard Regan, decided to make their science projects in neuroscience. We feel we’ve accomplished our core mission by just being able to write this statement:  that today it is an option for students in middle school to make neuroscience experiments and get closer to the complex organ that the brain is.

Thanks to the trust that schools like Stone Magnet Middle School, have in our tools, together we’ve been able to reach back earlier in the education process so students can start thinking about becoming brain scientists, and help us understand how the brain works, because even after 240 years of studying electrophysiology we still have almost no idea.  We are in the darkness, we are inside a black box.

But today is a great day, because Carson and Ritika from Stone Magnet Middle School, are shedding light on how the nervous system works.  Not only did they made neuroscience experiments, but they won science fairs presenting their results:

Cason, a 7th grade student, conducted a study titled: A Comparison of the Effects of Natural Supplements to OTC Painkillers on Electrical Nerve Impulses.

Ritika is an 8th grader. Her study was titled: The Effects of Caffeine and Serotonin on the Rate of Neurotransmission in the Discoid Roach, Blaberus discoidalis.

At their school fair in January, Ritika and Carson both won first place in their categories. At the regional science fair Ritika took a 1st and Best of Show, while Carson won second place.  This allowed Ritika to advance to the state science and engineering Fair, which is the largest academic event in Florida for middle and high school students.

The 61st Florida State Science and Engineering Fair took place in April with over 800 of the best student researchers in Florida participating.  Ritika won 1st place in the Biomedical category and Best of Show for Biological Science. This is as far as a middle school student can advance in traditional science fair competitions.

Thanks Carson, Ritika and Richard for helping us understand the brain, and for giving these neuroscience experiments visibility through great work that has been awarded.

You can download Ritika’s original paper here . She wrote very detailed experimental methods so you can reproduce the experiment yourself if you want to.

For both projects the students used a Neuron Spikerbox
More experiments you can do with this bio-amplifier can be read here: Getting Started with SpikesRate Coding, Effect of Temperature on neuronsMicrostimulation of neurons and MusclesReferencing your SpikesEffect of Nicotine and MSG on neuronsNeuroProstheticsOxygen and Spiking

 


Backyard Brains Now Offering Privacy Mode on Brain Recordings

As part of our operations, we give talks to the public on weekly basis. We begin with neural signals from the legs of cockroaches, display of which carries low risk as the legs can grow back and cockroach leg neural signals are not covered under United States Privacy laws.

But, as we have been expanding our electrophysiology offerings to our fellow humans of this Earth, we find ourselves travelling into the internal you. We first started with muscle recordings, typically from your arms. We then went further into the body, now regularly showing the electrical signals of the hearts of the audience.

But as we entered the final domain and began demonstrating the electrical waves of the cerebral cortex, we began to feel a slight discomfort.

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We realized Pablo’s brain is exposed to all the world. Furthermore, once shared on social media, his brain waves are no longer his property. This must be stopped. Given the rash of recent hacks on sensitive websites, Backyard Brains is preemptively offering a “Brain Privacy Mode” on its Spike Recorder software

Your brain is now safe. You now have the discretion to reveal your cerebral cortex only to those intimate to you.

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