President Obama on Tuesday announced the "BRAIN Initiative" to map the human brain. "As humans we can identify galaxies light-years away, study particles smaller than an atom, but we still haven't unlocked the mystery of the 3 pounds of matter than sits between our ears," Obama said.
Obama will propose $100 million in federal funding in his 2014 budget to kick-start the public-private project, whose formal title is "Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies." He said it would help find cures for diseases as well as create jobs. "Imagine if we could reverse traumatic brain injury and PTSD for our wounded veterans coming home," he said. "Ideas are what power our economy. It's what sets us apart. It's what America has been all about."