December 27th, 2014
04:53 PM ET

The challenge of mapping the brain

President Barack Obama announced the “BRAIN” Initiative in 2013. It's an effort to show the brain's neural circuits work together in real time. To find out more about efforts to map the brain, watch the "Moonshots" special on December 28 at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET.

Zakaria: Is it more difficult to map the brain than it was to map the human genome, which took about, initially, 10 or 15 years?

Michio Kaku, theoretical physicist: It will take a lot of time.  Realize that the Human Genome Project only talked about maybe 20,000 genes or so that may that govern the human body. The brain has 100 billion neurons, each neuron connected to 10,000 other neurons.  That's as many stars as there are in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Wow!

Kaku: And so it will take time.

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  1. rupert

    I know that can't be Philip. He doesn't steal names.
    So who ever u are..stop it now!

    December 29, 2014 at 12:29 am | Reply
  2. Philip

    I give $$$$ to Jewish needy kids in poor parts of Israel.
    I love Jewish people.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:31 am | Reply
  3. rupert

    My mom caught me playing with myself one time and she made me lick it up.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:32 am | Reply
  4. rupert

    I fell asleep in my back yard one time after going swimming and when I woke up my german shepherd was having his way with my butt.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:33 am | Reply
  5. rupert

    I got all kinds of action from the babes when I was in college. I got my degree online.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:35 am | Reply
  6. Philip

    I eat chicken poop.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:36 am | Reply
  7. rupert

    I voted for George Bush 12 times.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:36 am | Reply
  8. rupert

    Marvin Bush is my buddy.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
  9. Philip

    I wash blue saffron's toilet.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
  10. rupert

    I gave all of my money to jew kids until mom noticed her purse was missing.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:37 am | Reply
  11. Philip

    I admire George Bush. He was not in any way involved in 9.11.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:39 am | Reply
  12. rupert

    Can I borrow your pry bar? I went past my elbow accidently.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:40 am | Reply
  13. Philip

    83% of the collapsed towers ended up in recycle services in the u.s.
    None of it was sent to ch ina.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:41 am | Reply
  14. rupert

    The nurse thought I had a twin brother when I was born then she rolled me over and saw it was just me.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:42 am | Reply
  15. Philip

    Deep inside I really like banasy and chrissy and bc.
    I get aroused arguing with them.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:43 am | Reply
  16. rupert

    Deep inside is where I like to put my hand sometimes.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • rupert

      Fist, rather.

      December 29, 2014 at 12:44 am | Reply
  17. rupert

    My mom is hot.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
    • rupert

      ...so is my little brother.

      December 29, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
  18. Philip

    Im so sleepy

    December 29, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
  19. rupert

    I have to go pee pee now. Save my place for me.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:46 am | Reply
  20. rupert

    Am back. But it was poo poo.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:47 am | Reply
  21. rupert

    I dated a jewish girl one time. She was kind of hairy.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:48 am | Reply
    • rupert

      ...her little brother had very smooth skin though.

      December 29, 2014 at 12:49 am | Reply
  22. rupert

    Well, it's time for me to go to bed. Mom? Have you seen my jar of vasoline? No? Can I borrow your KY jelly then?

    December 29, 2014 at 12:51 am | Reply
  23. rupert

    Pitter patter pitter patter oooooh. Zzzzzzzzzzzzz

    December 29, 2014 at 12:53 am | Reply
  24. rupert

    When I was only 19 I used to sneak my mom's swizzle straws and stick them up frog butts and blow them up like little balloons and then squeeze the air out of them to make little fart sounds. Kind of cute my mommy say.

    December 29, 2014 at 7:25 am | Reply
    • rupert

      After 3 or four times the frog stops working so ya have to use a different one and it doesn't work very well with cats.

      December 29, 2014 at 7:29 am | Reply
      • rupert

        DO NOT try it with dogs it's wayyyyy too messy.

        December 29, 2014 at 7:39 am |
  25. Philip

    The Michael Brown memorial is a pile of trash. Rotten teenage nig ger.

    December 29, 2014 at 8:34 am | Reply
  26. Philip

    There are 33,000 gang members in our nation that cause more harm to Americans than ISIS could ever dream of doing. Our government is supporting ISIS and Boko Haram.
    And where do all these nig gers get off shooting at police officers? That's what we get for displacing these degenerates. Should have left them in Africa.

    December 29, 2014 at 8:42 am | Reply
  27. Philip

    Banasy, chrissy, and bobsnot are old hags. And Americans are getting fatter and fatter...oh but it's my metabolism. Yea right. Sorry excuse. So keep stuffing your face.
    Eric holder is an uncle Tom. (Shrug)

    December 29, 2014 at 8:49 am | Reply
  28. Philip

    I miss my dog Apache. Best Lab a man could ever have. Too bad people are less trust worthy than dogs. Banasy is one Chicago lady that hounds me here on these blogs. She reminds me of a Pit Bull. Down right mean.
    You fat Americans keep believing main stream media. Great way to become dumber.
    Bunch of fat fu*k Americans. Keep eating

    December 29, 2014 at 8:57 am | Reply
  29. rupert

    My mom laughed her ass off when she saw me taking swizzle stick straws and poking them up frog's butts and blowing them up like small balloons and then squeezing the air out to make little fart noises. After 3 or 4 times the frog stops working so ya have to get another one or a cat or something.

    December 29, 2014 at 9:41 am | Reply
  30. Philip

    Knock it off Rupert!

    The CIA was behind the Sony hacking. Have no doubt. Nothing like starting a little conflict with NK..huh? Uncle Sam.. The US was the mastermind behind the downing of the two Malaysian planes. Our CIA along with Obama really do belong in Africa with the animals.

    December 29, 2014 at 9:47 am | Reply
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