“Beauty of the Brain”

The Smithsonian is featuring some breathtaking new images of the brain from neuroscientist Carl Schoonover’s book, Portraits of the Mind. Above, an MRI tracking water flow into cells.

The brain remains mysterious, but the patterns in these images—rich whorls of neural connections, unexpected symmetries and layers of structure—encourage scientists to believe they will yet decipher it. For his part, Schoonover hopes to “make readers think it’s worth trying to figure out what the images are and why they are so beautiful.”

via Neuroanthropology

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