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Why are 600 brain scientists protesting a huge brain research study?
Why are 600 brain scientists protesting a huge brain research study?

You don't often see scientific researchers turning up their noses at nearly a billion and a half dollars in government funding. Still more rarely will the elite of a research field threaten to boycott a huge international project in their field en masse. But that seems to be happening with the Human Brain Project, an ambitious project to map the activity of the brain using new -- and thus far uninvented -- technologies. The project was the topic of an extraordinary "open message" to the European Commission, its sponsor, signed by 580 prominent neuroscientists. "The HBP is not on course," they wrote. "We strongly question whether the goals and implementation of the HBP are adequate to...

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