Intrepid scientists at Japan's National Institute of Genetics have captured the cerebral light show inside the brain of a zebrafish contemplating its lunch. While this may not seem immediately mind-boggling, it is the first time in history this has been recorded and an important advance in neuroscience. With tiny fish brains being carefully observed and studied by mankind, it may be only a matter of time before their diabolical plans for world domination are discovered.
You'll never watch Finding Nemo the same way again. Have a peek ...
Here's a released description of the experiment:
Researchers were able to image visual perception in the fish using a new tool designed just for the purpose -- a super-sensitive fluorescent probe that detects neuron activity, causing neurons to light up when they're activated. In this case, the images are of the activity in neurons as a zebrafish watches a paramecium flit around it, registering the movement of its prey.
Impressed with the fleeting fireworks, or praying your brain isn't next?