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The brain as a whole can be scanned non-invasively with magnetic resonance scanning or with detectors sensitive to magnetic fields arising from electro-chemical signals. At the next organizational level, surface and depth electrodes have been used to monitor the electrical activity of a group or population of neurons. Microelectrodes can also be used to monitor the activity of a single neuron. At yet another smaller scale, patch-clamp techniques are used to measure the electrical current of a single ion channel. Photo from AIP.
The American Physical Society has teamed with the American Institute of Physics to create Inside Science News Service, a new resource for journalists that will make it easier for them to uncover, understand, and explain important science that adds depth to news stories. Inside Science News Service offers resources and fingertip access to thousands of experts in all fields of science, free-of-charge. Randy Atkins, the APS Senior Media Relations Coordinator, asks for members help in getting coverage in the popular press by alerting him of new and noteworthy scientific advances. Randy can be reached at 301-209-3238 or via email at email@example.com.
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