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 June 6 - A Hardware Update for the Human Brain
 Article: Transhumanism

Comment from UTT:
This article is another example of the ongoing research that is underway to combine technology with biology to advance the area of transhumanism and the direction of human evolution. The Bible states that whatever man imagines he can do, he will attempt to do. Where will this go in the future? Remember the Tower of Babel - God is in control.
From Silicon Valley startups to the U.S. Department of Defense, scientists and engineers are hard at work on a brain-computer interface that could turn us into programmable, debuggable machines


Emily Borghard has a computer inside her skull, but you wouldn't know it to look at her. A small bump behind her left ear, the only external evidence of her implant, is partially covered by a tuft of hair that's still growing in from the last time she had the batteries changed. Before Borghard received a brain implant, she was having as many as 400 "spikes" of seizure-like activity a day, along with multiple seizures. This unrelenting storm of abnormal neural activity turned her teenage years into a semiconscious nightmare. She couldn't drive a car, attend classes or be left alone for more than half an hour. "People were finding me on the floor, finding me walking around the small college town we were living in, confused and not knowing what was going on," she says.


In 2011, at the age of 19, Borghard underwent a radical surgical procedure for drug-resistant epilepsy. Surgeons cut into her skull and implanted a small, self-contained computer that resembles a Zippo lighter in the hippocampus of her brain. The implant uses a pair of long, hair-thin electrodes to listen for irregular neural activity, which it regulates with a series of pulses. Every two days, Borghard holds a small electronic device over her implant, which transmits data to a laptop and then on to Neuropace, the Mountain View, Calif., company behind the "responsive neurostimulation system," or RNS, in her head. Borghard's doctor reviews the data to continually assess and adjust her treatment. Today, thanks to a combination of her implant, surgery and medication, Borghard, 27, experiences an average of just two seizures a month. She recently earned a master's degree in social work and hopes to work someday as a patient advocate at the hospital where she volunteers.

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 June 5 - Muslims and Christians unite to rebuild Mosul monastery
 Article: Ecumenical Movement Other Religions Uniting With Roman Catholics

Comment from UTT:
While this article states that Christians and Muslims are working cooperatively together in Mosul to rebuild a monastery, the terminology used here by a Catholic news agency is misleading and incorrect. Muslims do not believe that Jesus is the Son of God. While Rome makes every effort possible to make the claim that Muslims and Christians are brothers there is an obvious problem. While Catholics do believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that working together to combat ISIS is a noble effort, it should be pointed out that Christians and Muslims are not brothers in Christ
As government forces pry apart the Islamic State's three yearlong grip on Mosul, Muslims and Christians have united to rebuild a damaged monastery.

A Facebook page called "This is Christian Iraq" - dedicated to connecting Iraqi Christians and maintaining the faith amid ISIS threat - recently posted a series of photos showing the joint effort. The May 27 post said that young Muslims from the northern neighborhood joined Christians at the Monastery of Saint George, participating in cleaning and repairs. The monastery belongs to the Chaldean Catholic tradition, an Eastern Catholic rite in full communion with the Vatican. ISIS militants vandalized the monastery - smashing windows, damaging the church's dome, and discarding its cross.

A new cross has now replaced the old one, and the coming together of Christians and Muslims marks a promising time for both religions as reports announce a final push against the Islamic terrorists.

The nearly 1000 year old mosque has flown the terrorist's black flag since the group captured the capital city in 2014. The site is where Islamist caliphate was declared by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, announcing the reign of a new Muslim leader.

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