Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Neurons are like Fireworks

Neuron Firework (source)
In honor of American Independence, today here are some beautiful pictures of neurons that look sort of like fireworks.

And some actual neuroscience studies using light-up cells.  One example, I've already covered is the imaging of neurons as they fire. Since neurons fire really fast, you can see them light up under the microscope.

Computational neuroscience can lead to fireworks as well.  When neurons fire in an artificial network, they light up in beautiful patterns:  (It really sparkles at 2:00)

 © TheCellularScale

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