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A whole-brain activity map, and the Obama administration

Last month, the Obama administration announced a plan to fund a huge, decade-long project to simultaneously map the activity of each individual neuron in the entire human brain — the Brain Activity Map (BAM). The project aims to develop new technology to visualize the activity of individual neurons in the …


Fur & Nipples: What Makes A Mammal?

You may have noticed that we don’t live among the dinosaurs these days. You may have noticed that most of the animals you see in the wild are mammals. Well, a lot can change in 65 million years, and one of the most remarkable success stories of the post-dinosaur world …