Supercomputer Simulates Rat Brain Fragment

Blue Brain Project publishes its first major result: a digital imitation of circuitry in a sandgrain-sized chunk of rat brain By Moheb Costandi and ClimateWire | October 9, 2015 |  johanndestroy ©iStock.com Advertisement A controversial European neuroscience project that aims to simulate the human brain in a supercomputer has published its first major result: a digital imitation of circuitry in a sandgrain-sized chunk of rat brain. The work models some 31,000 virtual brain cells connected by roughly 37 million synapses. The goal of the Blue Brain Project, which launched in 2005 and is led by neurobiologist Henry Markram of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), is to build a biologically-detailed computer simulation of the brain based on experimental data about neurons’ 3D shapes, their electrical properties, and…


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