Nanotechnology Approximates A Brain Cell

Here’s a fascinating report on how French technologists have created an organic nanoparticle that responds somewhat like a neuron.

“In the nervous system, a synapse is the junction between two neurons, enabling the transmission of electric messages from one neuron to another and the adaptation of the message as a function of the nature of the incoming signal (plasticity). For example, if the synapse receives very closely packed pulses of incoming signals, it will transmit a more intense action potential. Conversely, if the pulses are spaced farther apart, the action potential will be weaker.

“It is this plasticity that the researchers have succeeding in mimicking with the NOMFET.”

Commenters on this report point out that it is poorly reported and misleading – but still interesting in my opinion.

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