Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Sheer unadulterated coolness part 1.

No other way to say it. Mindhacks has a brief article on MRI scans being used to identify the developing white matter of an infants brain while it's still in the womb. It's picking out the paths of some of the water molecules - paths which are constrained by the developing tubes in the white matter. Formation of a brain. Apparently it's not done much because it's a bit tricky to get the little buggers to sit still for it, meaning they get a lot of blurry images. When it does work though ...

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