- A neuroscientist’s plan to establish top-quality scientific institutes across Brazil is also a social experiment in distributing the intellectual and economic fruits of science.
- Global networking, heterogeneous funding and fortunate political timing have allowed the project to progress rapidly.
- The expatriate scientists who originated the plan hoped to help shape a competitive nation whose future citizens can excel without having to emigrate.
In a tiny, darkened room on the Duke University campus, Miguel Nicolelis looks on approvingly while a pair of students monitors data streaming across computer screens. The brightly colored dashes and spikes reflect the real-time brain activity of a rhesus macaque named Clementine, who is walking at a leisurely pace on a little treadmill in the next room. Staticky pops coming from a speaker on a back wall are the amplified sound of one of her neurons firing.
“This is the most beautiful music you can hear from the brain,” Nicolelis declares with a smile.