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After 20 years of trying, researchers have finally convicted massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia as the culprit in...
Five federally funded optical and radio telescopes in the United States could be forced to shut down over the next 3...
A 2-year budget agreement pushes back the threat of sequestration but leaves scientists still wondering how much money...
After a decade away from physics, Robert Laughlin, a Nobel laureate at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California,...
Computer scientists and others have teamed up to persuade the 117 state parties to the Convention on Certain...
The swine flu pandemic of late 2009 had a peculiar aftereffect in parts of Europe: a spike in children being diagnosed...
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Scientists Get a Head Start on BRAIN Initiative
7 May 2013 1:00 pm
Neuroscientists from around the country are wrapping up a meeting today in drizzly Arlington, Virginia, in which they discussed possible directions for the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative—a $100 million federal investment in brain research that has yet to be clearly defined. This meeting is focused on how the project should address the physical and mathematical principles underlying brain function. An open call for white papers on "Major Obstacles Impeding Progress in Brain Science" inspired responses from more than 70 prominent neuroscientists. The scientists cite problems that need to be addressed, such as to"increase the density and longevity of neural recordings in untethered, freely behaving animals" and come up with "beautiful models" of brain function that can be mathematically analyzed.