Art of Neuroscience The beauty of astrocytes, purkinje cells and neurons is revealed in these images!

Art of Neuroscience The beauty of astrocytes, purkinje cells and neurons is revealed in these images!

A Rose : Astrocyte cell stained green for GFAP wrapping its arms around a plaque of amyloid precursor protein (red) in the brain of an Alzheimer mouse. Nuclei in blue.

Boo! : Mouse astrocytes stained for GFAP isoforms (red and green) with sad nuclei ‘eyes’ in blue.

Butterfly : Tracing of Purkinje neurons

Neuro-dominoes : Two CA3 neurons from hippocampus, filled with dye, and arranged in a dancing collage.

From: http://aon.nin.knaw.nl/

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22 Responses to Art of Neuroscience The beauty of astrocytes, purkinje cells and neurons is revealed in these images!


  1. Also looks like the photo’s we are getting back from outer space. Looks like our inner universe complements the outer

  2. Gregory Esau says:


    Stunning!


    And that is a neat connection, courtney benson . There is something to that!

  3. Rajini Rao says:


    courtney benson , Agree, I’ve seen images where it’s hard to tell the brain and the universe apart!


  4. If the brain and the universe looks the same, then there must be a fractal in there some place. And just for fun, I suspect its dimension is a bit more than 4 or just under 4.

  5. Rajini Rao says:


    Suhail Manzoor and courtney benson : Here is a side-by-side image of neural and galactic network. If the link does not work, let me know and I’ll upload the pictures for you.


    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=213260138723593&set=pu.149363351779939&type=1&theater


  6. Rajini Rao Suhail Manzoor there are no coinsidences. The photo comparison is spooky. Are we floating around in something or someone else’s body. Can one get their head around that idea? Interested in your thoughts.

  7. Rajini Rao says:


    courtney benson , biologists see fractals, symmetry and convergent evolution often enough to become pragmatic about seemingly similar things. As one of the commentators to the FB image said, universes dividing can resemble mitosis (cell division)! The most fanciful I can get is to quote Carl Sagan who said that we are made of star stuff (i.e., the same atoms and molecules) and that we are a way for the cosmos to know itself. I’m sure Suhail Manzoor can put it better!


  8. You humble me Rajini Rao but alas I can do no better than by quoting Blake who wrote:


    To see a World in a Grain of Sand


    And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,


    Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand


    And Eternity in an hour.


    (Auguries of Innocence http://goo.gl/vWjNx)


    and point my finger at the moon (http://goo.gl/qjgYf) and offer the observation that what seems to be at work seems to me some sort of “space (and time) filling curve” problem being resolved http://goo.gl/IETKB and by asking a question that has bugged me for a long, long time now : “what is the fractal dimension of thought?”


  9. And this is the book that got me going, Computational Beauty of Nature by Flake http://goo.gl/dWJW7 .

  10. Rajini Rao says:


    Suhail Manzoor , I knew the poet in you would come through 😉 I’ve committed those words of Blake to memory, along with “what immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?”. Thanks for the link to the book..could be a great gift choice for someone in the family (that way, I can read it too!).

  11. Joan Hogol says:


    Very nice pictures! It makes me feel that my inside is more beautiful than my outside 🙂

  12. Peying Fong says:


    Love the images, Rajini. Philosophizing oneself into different universes? How very cool is that? My tendency is to think that there must be intrinsically more energetically favorable patterns of not only form, but motion, and they extend to different levels of organization? Being able to recognize these patterns and simply appreciate their harmonious beauty is a wonderful ability that we humans possess. But, as analytical creatures, are we able to simply leave it at that? That is, can we just connect with the wonder underlying it all, just “being in the moment”?

  13. Rajini Rao says:


    Evidently on Google+, we cannot simply leave it at that, Peying Fong ! We must wonder if the Universe is a living, growing, reproducing organism composed of us? 😉

  14. Peying Fong says:


    Okay, I think I need to read the Dalai Lama’s posts 🙂 But I don’t think it’s us wondering this is the case. It is! So amazing. Like when you think of bitty things living and breathing and multiplying on a grain of sand…

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