The below article is from the current issue of Smithsonian Magazine. I thought that the woven connection might be interesting to some of our readers as well as the mirroring of science and fiber based structures. Please click on the link to access the original article.
Animal Brains, More Beautiful Than You Could Ever Imagine
More than just eye candy, these images are teaching scientists new insights into how the brain is organized
- By Laura Helmuth
- Smithsonian magazine, July-August 2012,Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Animal-Brains-More-Beautiful-Than-You-Could-Ever-Imagine-160528335.html#ixzz208Uw0x3V
The technique Wedeen and colleagues use is called "diffusion spectrum MRI," a variation on an existing technique. By monitoring how water moves along axons and at what angle these brain fibers cross one another, the researchers found a surprisingly geometric pattern. The three-dimensional grid is visible in this detail from a rhesus monkey brain.