09 July 2014
Vol 6, Issue 244

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ONLINE COVER Revolutionizing Human Brain Imaging. During the Scientific Revolution, the Milky Way—on the cover showing the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius—was thought to be a cloud of light-reflecting dust. Then Galileo used the newly invented telescope to show that this cloud was, in fact, made up of individual stars. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) initiative similarly hopes to refine our view of the human brain by stimulating new imaging approaches. Of the six high-priority BRAIN initiatives outlined in June 2014, only one focuses on next-generation human brain imaging—an area that is of particular interest to the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). In this issue's Editorial by Pettigrew, director of the NIBIB, stresses the importance of pushing the boundaries of imaging science and opines on the impact that this unique imaging initiative will have on elucidating the great mysteries of the human brain. [CREDIT: B. TAFRESHI/SCIENCE SOURCE]