This image shows the three-dimensional configuration of 10,000 simulated neurons that constitute a single neocortical column-an anatomical unit barely wider than the head of a pin. Here we see the Blue Brain’s cortical column in action. Each dendrite is simulated individually and rendered so that its color (ranging from blue to red) represents its voltage at one moment in time. The long-term goal of the project is to uncover the broad principles of brain function and dysfunction by simulating the entire brain of mammals, including that of humans. Image & caption from “Blue Brain Project,” Henry Markram, from the book Portraits Of The Mind, Carl Schoonover, Abrams, New York.

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