It’s all in your head. A visual comparison of a neural cluster and the universe

15 03 2012

One is only micrometers wide. The other is billions of light-years across. One Shows neurons in a mouse brain. The other is a simulated image of the universe. Together they suggest the surprisingly similar patterns found in vast;y different natural phenomena. DAVID CONSTANTINE

BRAIN CELL
Mark Miller, a doctoral student at Brandeis University, is researching how particular types of neurons in the brain are connected to one another. By staining thin slices of a mouse’s brain, he can identify the connections visually. The image above shows three neuron cells on the left(two red and one yellow) and their connections.

THE UNIVERSE
An International group of astrophysicists used a computer simulation to recreate how the universe grew and evolved. The simulated image above is a snapshot of the present universe that features a large cluster of galaxies (bright yellow) surrounded by thousands of stars, galaxies and dark matter (web).

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