Hands-free Internet, artificial sight, mind-controlled robots, and the ability to project your dreams are all quickly moving out of the realm of science fiction and into science fact. For decades, scientists have experimented with ways to translate thought into action and you may be surprised to discover just how far we've already come. Tonight at 7 p.m. the Missouri History Museum ( Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-746-4599 or www.mohistory.org) hosts "Mind Over Matter," a fascinating discussion with Eric Leuthardt, Washington University assistant professor of neurological surgery and biomedical engineering. Dr. Leuthardt will explain how today's Brain Computer Interfaces decode the electrical signals our brains generate, how this technology can be applied to assist those with noncognitive disabilities, and how in the future, this technology may be used to control everything from an artificial arm to your Playstation 3. Admission is free.
Tue., Aug. 17, 2010