Watch A Neuron Go Bad

Just as hard drive sectors can fail, neurons, too, can fail as data processing, memory-storing units in your brain. In this video, a neuron lacks the protein needed to make connections with other cells, essentially becoming a bad sector.

While the neuron on the left looks undeniably sinister, those tendrils extending from it are actually a signal of its health - they are the neural connections vital to its data-transmitting task. The one on the right, however, fails to make the connections. Whether it's data stored in your dome or on your drive that you're concerned about losing - well, you're right to be. [MIT via]

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