Seeing with the Brain

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A vision-aid device developed by a Middleton company helps profoundly blind patients “see” through electro-tactile stimulation to the tongue.

 


Six years ago, an attack left Andy Fabino blind. 

While visiting his family in Chicago, Fabino was beaten so severely that he was in a coma for fourteen days. In addition to leaving him physically debilitated, the beating damaged Fabino’s optical nerves beyond repair. He spent almost two months recuperating in the intensive care unit at West Suburban Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois.

Fabino’s recovery was incredibly difficult. “I had to learn how to walk and how to use my hands and arms again,” he remembers. “And then, I had to deal with the fact that I was blind.”

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How Twitter Corrections Happen

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In my latest piece for the UW-Madison Center for Journalism Ethics, I spoke with social media editors from news agencies about the policy, procedure and importance of making corrections on Twitter.

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What’s In A Name?

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The old Red Letter News changes from “dirty bookstore” to “Lovers Playground.” The name change reflects the era’s more open attitude to sexuality.

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(Photo credit: Steven Potter)

To the rescue

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A worker was stuck under a train car following an explosion at a corn processing plant in Cambria. It was a seemingly hopeless situation. Luckily, the Madison Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team trains for exactly these types of catastrophe.

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Virtual Crime Busters

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According to Madison Police, 26 guns were stolen from cars this year and 41 guns were swiped last year. The department hopes a social media campaign will get more people to lock their cars.

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