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Film-maker Noah Hutton has just released an excellent 15-minute documentary on the Blue Brain project that captures the team as they work and explains the goals of the ambitious attempt to simulate animal, and eventually, human scale neural networks on computer.

It’s an interesting look both inside the scientific mission and inside the mind of project leader Henry Markram, whom it must be said, is largely talking about the potential of the project rather than what it can do now.

It’s probably worth saying that Markram is not known for underselling his efforts, and some of his projections seem a little unrealistic.

At one point he mentions that the project could be used in hospital so doctors can simulate the effects of drugs on a digital brain to see if they’ll work before giving patients the real thing. Best of luck with that chaps.

It’s a great short piece, however, and apparently there are more to come in the future.


Link to Blue Brain: Year One.

Source:  http://www.mindhacks.com/blog/2010/02/blue_brain_year_one.html

Neuro Case 1 – Using Transcranial Doppler for Basilar Artery Occlusion

By Shaheen E Lakhan, MS, MEd, PhD, MD

Welcome to the first of a series of neurological cases to be featured on Brain Blogger. We will periodically choose the most enlightening cases from the Journal of Medical Case Reports (JMCR) for which I serve as an Associate Editor. I will present the case as published, discuss the implications of the findings or techniques employed, and the case author is then asked to comment on our blog to address our readers.Published by BioMed Central, JMCR “is a peer-reviewed open access journal that will consider any original case report that expands the field of general medical knowledge.” To submit a case report for publication, please review the JMCR submission checklist.

Read More …  http://brainblogger.com/2010/02/05/neuro-case-1/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+GNIFBrainBlogger+%28Brain+Blogger%29



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