[FoRK] Images: mapping the human brain
jbone at place.org
Thu Jun 9 09:30:06 PDT 2005
Fascinating how complexity in nature can tickle human aesthetics.
These images are gorgeous. I'd love to buy high-quality prints of
this stuff for my walls at work.
Mapping the human brain
IBM and Switzerland-based Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne
have announced  a joint initiative to create a model of the
circuitry in the human neocortex, which is believed to be the center
for higher cognitive functions. It is also the portion of the brain
that evolved most recently and that is unique to mammals.
On its Web site, IBM notes that researchers can learn more about the
morphology of the neocortex by inserting blue dye into each neuron.
The image at right shows a fraction of the cells and connections
within the neocortex's microcircuitry.
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