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Carl Sagan was right: a neuroscientist explains connectomes to children and experts

Bobby Kasthuri accepted Wired’s challenge to explain what a connectome is to five individuals. As you know, of course, a connectome is (it says here) ‘a comprehensive diagram of all the neural connections existing in the brain’.

Kasthuri’s mission was that ‘every person here can leave with understanding it at some level’. The people ‘here’ were: a 5-year-old, a 13-year-old, a college student, a neuroscience graduate student and a practising neuroscientist.

“We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology,” said Carl Sagan,“and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.”

Pay attention. Questions later:


As E. O. Wilson noted: ‘The heart of the scientific method is the reduction of perceived phenomena to fundamental, testable principles. The elegance, we can fairly say the beauty, of any particular scientific generalization is measured by its simplicity relative to the number of phenomena it can explain.’

The questions keep on coming.

Posted: 5th, March 2017 | In: Technology | Comment

Brian Cox autotunes his way back to the beginning of time

AUTOTUNE has been the pariah of ears throughout 2012. However, Autotune is a fine invention when used well or creatively. Regarding the latter, a number of amusing Autotuned videos have appeared online, making the most tedious of voices more akin to an cyborg choir!

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Posted: 29th, December 2012 | In: Celebrities | Comment

Stephen Hawking Records X Factor Tribute Album

STEPHEN Hawking will now sing for you. Hawking has yet to record an X Factor tribute album for the over-25s category, but he ‘sings’ on a pop single tribute to scientist Carl Sagan.

Anorak has no extracts from the album to entertain you with, but we do have a recording of Hawking issuing a chant that you can join in if you feel in the mood. It’s taken from Hawking Sings The Terraces:

Posted: 11th, November 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1)