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Inside the human brain

Julia Sieger
Julia Sieger © FRANCE 24

The brain is one of the most complex structures in the human body. It has been mapped over and over again, but this time, researchers working for the EBRAINS infrastructure as part of the European Human Brain Project have created the most comprehensive digital map of its cellular architecture. We speak to lead scientist, Professor Katrin Amunts, about the knowledge this atlas is set to give scientists. 

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"Julich-Brain" is the name of the world's first 3D atlas of the human brain. It features close to 250 structurally distinct areas reflecting the variability of its structure with microscopic resolution. We speak to lead scientist, Professor Katrin Amunts, about this fascinating project conducted by EBRAINS at the Human Brain Project, and the insight it is set to give scientists. 

 

We also discuss the latest developments in terms of brain-computer interface. 

But first: the UK is turning to technology to battle the Covid-19 outbreak. Our journalists report on how St. Pancras International has become the first train station in the world to launch state-of-the-art cleaning robots to help eradicate the virus from the station's facilities. 

Finally, smartwatches have made the lives of some people healthier by helping them track their workouts and vital signs, but they are also a treasure trove of personal and sensitive information. In Test 24, we try two models by Apple and Withings. 

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