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.


Kaku: And so it will take time.

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  1. Philip

    Our Commander in Chief ordered the U.S. Airforce to drop food, weapons, and clothes guessed it..ISIS. Get a clue people.

    Care to debate?

    December 29, 2014 at 9:52 am |
    • palintwit

      You're watching way too much Fox News there buddy. Or maybe the Sarah Palin channel. Sesame Street might be more your speed.

      December 29, 2014 at 11:07 am |
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    December 29, 2014 at 10:45 am |
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  3. Observer

    That is pure supposition philip. Started by other american haters such as yourself. Oh and by the way i owe you an apology. It seems i've been spelling your name wrong. I was unaware of that until rupert pointed it out to me. My apologies for the extra "l".

    December 29, 2014 at 10:48 am |
  4. Observer

    But then after just now skimming through your last few posts, i shouldn't have bothered with the apology because you aren't deserving of one! And you purposely mispell names. Im not sure if its your ignorance or because you are just a hateful person. Either way it only makes you appear very stupid, not your victims so for all intents and purposes, you've failed!

    December 29, 2014 at 10:56 am |
  5. palintwit

    Isn't it amazing how Sarah Palin always has a new "book" to peddle just in time for the Xmas shopping season? Isn't it amazing how the chump teabaggies and rednecks have no problem plunking down $12 or $15 or $20 or more for this trash? Isn't it amazing how Sarah Palin makes fools out of these low I.Q. trailer park losers while dancing her way to the bank? Isn't it amazing that she doesn't even write that garbage herself but implies that she does?

    December 29, 2014 at 11:37 am |
  6. Observer

    And if that weren't bad enough you just made a statement that "Obama and his cohorts should be shipped to Africa with the rest of the animals!" But haven't you been patting yourself on the back for "adopting" 2 kids from Africa??? Why? If you have such a low opinion of Africans why would you "claim" to have adopted 2 of them? Must be you are lying about THAT just as you do so many other things you post!

    December 29, 2014 at 12:07 pm |
  7. Philip

    Put a cork in it, palintwit. You actually come out in Sesame Street. Miss Piggy.
    Oh my GOSH..It's Hubserver to the rescue. Wearing a little white hat and driving a White he's actually driving a large Tahoe...real gas guzzler. Another selfish American using up our resources.

    December 29, 2014 at 12:46 pm |
    • palintwit

      Hey junior, get back in your trailer. Nascar's on tv and you know you won't want to miss that. So adjust the rabbit ear antenna, fill up a mason jar with some Everclear, sit back in your duct taped Barcalounger and enjoy.

      December 29, 2014 at 1:07 pm |
    • palintwit

      I forgot to mention that I think it's awfully nice of your trailer park manager to let you play with his computer.

      December 29, 2014 at 1:09 pm |
    • Philip

      Not bad. A little polishing around the edges, and that might fall for something I actually said.

      December 29, 2014 at 7:23 pm |
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    Philip is a bad man.

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    • South Park Jimmy

      Pheawup! Jimmay?

      December 29, 2014 at 7:24 pm |
  9. palintwit

    " Palin just really wants to “put the Christ back in Christmas.” And she wants to do that for people of all faiths so they too can be joyous. Isn’t that nice? Because Christmas for Sarah Palin is about freedom. It’s about her freedom to worship as she wants, and simultaneously to shove that freedom to be Christian down everyone else’s throats. Another thing she’d like to shove down everyone’s throats is her special Christmas moose chili. She does not want to brag about her moose chili, but she does want everyone to know that it is “really, really, really good.” "

    ... and the buffoon of the year award goes to...

    December 29, 2014 at 1:23 pm |
  10. Observer

    Yes i've noticed Jimmy! The baddest of the bad!

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  11. America

    America! Fu*ck Yeah! Come to save the mother fu*cking day Now!

    December 29, 2014 at 3:36 pm |
  12. Philip

    Sometimes Philip isn't even Philip here. Sometimes he's Rupert. And others, I suspect.

    December 29, 2014 at 6:29 pm |
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    Jimmay. der

    December 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm |
  14. Observer

    FYI fillitup, i drive a Focus! Something you seem to be sorely lacking!

    December 29, 2014 at 6:55 pm |
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    A Focus? I drive a 2003 GMC pick up. Helps my wallet. Great payments. Only $0.00 per month.

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    I don't drive a Focus either. I ride a donkey..looks like Philip.

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