NeuroElectro.org Will Accelerate Research and Understanding of Neuronal Function
As March Madness descends on most of America, neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University are engaging in a little bracketology of their own. The researchers, who are part of Carnegie Mellon’s BrainHubSM research initiative, use an NCAA tournament-style system to pit teams of neurons against one another to determine which squad is best suited to complete a certain job.
Carnegie Mellon and Brown researchers have found that a newly-discovered dwarf galaxy orbiting the Milky Way shows evidence that it’s emitting gamma rays, which just might be an indication of dark matter annihilation. If confirmed, their findings may mark the first time researchers have detected non-gravitational properties of dark matter.
Larry Abbott, the William Bloor Professor of Theoretical Neuroscience and co-director of the Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at Columbia University, will present Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Buhl Lecture at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 18 in the Mellon Institute Auditorium, 4400 Fifth Ave., Oakland. His lecture, “Learning to Predict: Studies of Neural Circuits in Fish and Flies,” is free and open to the public.