A study published earlier this month found that a group of scientists have developed brain implants that can backup memories for later use.

In their experiment, actual lab rats were required to hit a lever in order to obtain water while the implants recorded the impulses. The rats were then given drugs to erase the memories of the action, so they were dumbfounded as to how to quench their thirst. Then, the implants were activated and thus, the impulses replicated, allowing the rats to once again obtain the water.

The implants will be tested on primates next, but it will be sometime before human testing, due to the complexity of nerve impulses comparative to the signals found in the brains of rats. Yet despite the simple-minded of rats, they still managed to take over Manhattan.

[via GammaSquad]