Heads up! The brain behind the
As the "decade of the brain" draws to a close, the human
brain continues to be one of the great frontiers of modern
science, as full of tantalizing questions and baffling puzzles as
the depths of interstellar space.
Despite its complexity and depth, though, the
brain has very modest beginnings.
"In the developing fetus, the brain essentially
starts out as a bag of undifferentiated cells," says Anirvan
Ghosh, an assistant professor of
"They're just basically dividing and occupying the space where
the brain will be."
Civility explored behind prison
Last week, when a group of Hopkins professors and
undergraduates made their way through careful security checks,
past endless coils of razor wire, through the chilly night and
into the maximum security prison, then through more checks and
head counts and past the staring eyes of hundreds of convicts,
the topic of the discussion group they were about to participate
in--civility--was beginning to seem a little, well, sketchy.
And yet, when they arrived at the activity room
Maryland Correctional Institute in Jessup, where a dozen inmates
greeted the Hopkins Civility Project group with warm handshakes
and an earnest enthusiasm for the discussion about to take place,
all the metal detectors, razor wire and head counting began to
seem strangely remote.
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