[FoRK] Images: mapping the human brain

Jeff Bone 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 [1] 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.

[1]  http://news.com.com/IBM+sells+Blue+Gene+for+brain+research/ 

[2] http://dw.com.com/redir?destUrl=http%3A%2F% 

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