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So this posted science news I found was a little creepy. At first. The gist of it is that scientists were able to transmit signals from one person, port them over the internet and into the brain of another person and control the other person’s hand – within a split second of sending the signal.
I immediately began thinking of the implications and ramifications of work like this. Imagine using this kind of technology to murder someone through someone else’s body. I know, it’s not the first time this kind of idea has been spawned. But now there’s actual science behind it. It’s not complete science fiction.
Then I started to think about the movie Avatar. This would pretty much do most of it. You could create a biologic “shell” and live vicariously through it (somewhat). But that’s pretty far off. I’m more of a what-can-happen-in-the-next-few-days-or-months kind of guy.
And what of the scientists that created this amazing experiment? What might other unworthy powers want from them? A dying rich recluse…a desperate government that hatches a nefarious plan to take down a rival?
Oh, you could spin a million ideas around this. And like I said, it’s not science fiction any more. It’s science fact.

Check it out:
Direct brain interface between humans

To keep on the subject of translating scientific study or advancements for the backdrop of a good novel, I found this article in Science Daily about what Americans fear most.
Granted the survey was done with a small population of 1,500 people, but it can still add to the effect of your story if you’re touching on one of the many fear factors posted in the link.
I honestly thought there’d be a little more conspiracy fear at the top. Instead the lonely ‘fear of Government surveillance’ made one of the lists.
Do you concur with any of the items on the list?

What Americans fear most

I tapped into a few articles from Science Daily and wondered what kind of stories I could twist them into.
In one article (dated about a year ago, but still pertinent), researchers found high levels of brain activity during the early stages of clinical death. This was in parallel to the “near death experiences” we’ve all read or heard about. But what if we found that this activity was sort of like the shutting down of a computer. It had to clean up a few processes and make itself ready for the next phase. And most especially, we don’t know what that phase is. But we do know that those people whose brains don’t get to shut down properly don’t go there. How sad that would be. So sad in fact that death by head trauma or anything that causes the brain not to finish its shutdown becomes the worst criminal offense. Laws are changed. Society is changed. Why? Because it’s one thing to take a person’s life, but another to kill them forever…

Here are two articles I read that helped lean me into this story idea.
Check ’em out: Electrical signatures of consciousness in the dying brain
Near-death experiences? Results of the world’s largest medical study of the human mind and consciousness at time of death