Beautiful science

An article in today’s New York Times discusses the neural network mapping of the C. elegans nervous system. This worm has only 302 neurons, making it amenable to the sort of detailed study reported in the article. My main reason for posting about this story is not, however, because the science is fascinating (it is),  but because I was struck by the beautiful graphic used to demonstrate some of the key points (another simple yet beatiful representation of the C. elegans connectome can be found here).

Communication is a such a crucial part of science, and beautifully produced, easy to understand graphics such as the one in the NYT article, or the one of the partial connectome of the human brain pictured above, go a long way to bringing out the fascinating aspects of scientific work.

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