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Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Brain prosthesis to be tested
: "The job of the hippocampus appears to be to "encode" experiences so they can be stored as long-term memories elsewhere in the brain. "If you lose your hippocampus you only lose the ability to store new memories," says Berger. That offers a relatively simple and safe way to test the device: if someone with the prosthesis regains the ability to store new memories, then it's safe to assume it works." 3:43:42 PM
Blix's (long) list of unanswered questions. 3:40:50 PM
Grameen Technology Center
: "Funding from multiple sources is now being sought for a two year program that will establish 800 new "village phone" micro-enterprises, bring communication to thousands in rural Uganda, and evaluate the possibilities of replicating the Village Phone program in other countries. The long-term objective is to establish a program that can scale to cover every village in Uganda where there is a microfinance program and cell phone coverage by the end of five years." 3:14:21 PM
Grameen Technology Center
: "By establishing six computer resource centers (CRCs), the village computing pilot project will bring thousands of people access to information in the impoverished rural villages of Tamil Nadu, India. Each center will have Internet connectivity along with customized content and online services designed to meet local needs. " GFUSA is a new CGNET customer. 3:13:32 PM
USDA RUS Rural Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program: "On January 29, 2003, Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman announced the new Rural Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program. For FY 2003, RUS has made available $1.4 billion in loans and loan guarantees to provide broadband services in rural communities. These loans will facilitate deployment of new and innovative technologies to provide two-way data transmission of 200 kbps or more, in communities with populations up to 20,000... " Loan amounts from $100,000 to $5m. Info contact: Roberta D. Purcell, Assistant Administrator, (202) 720–9554, fax (202) 720–0810. Application info: Deborah Jackson, (202) 720–8427. In 2004 and beyond, disbursements are by state allocations. FAQ online. 12:48:49 PM