Freebee Friday: Inside the Brain
Having trouble telling the superior frontal temporal gyrus from corpus callosum? Try the Allen Institute for Brain Science’s new Web site. Funded by Microsoft founder Paul Allen, the institute has been mapping the brain for years and now opens its imaging archive to all. There are sections for the human and mouse brains as well as specialty projects, like its work on glioblastoma. The Brain Explorer program is the center of activity and is enlightening, to say the least. It is available in versions for PCs and Macs, but might require a graphics chip and the latest drivers that your computer doesn’t have. It lets you take a peek inside the brain and move a pointer around to identify certain key areas. The site can help students see what the schizophrenic brain looks like, for instance or just nose around.