The Obama administration is looking to introduce next month a 10-year project to map the active human brain, called the Brain Activity Map. Scientists say the project may pave the way for the development of technologies that will improve understanding of neurological conditions such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases and lead to new treatments for mental illnesses. The project, which could cost $3 billion over 10 years, may also allow for the creation of national brain "observatories," akin to astronomical observatories.

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