There are nearly 100 billion neurons in the human brain, with 100 trillion connections between them. A federal effort launched last spring seeks to better understand how those pieces interact.
Democratic State Senator Ellen Corbett has introduced legislation that would create a California brain research program that could work in tandem with the federal effort.
“That will allow us an opportunity to figure out ways for tech transfer for new innovation and new, cutting-edge technologies to bring to the market."
~Ellen Corbett, Democratic State Senator
Corbett said such opportunities could also translate into an economic benefit for the state.
Scientists hope gaining a better understanding of the brain could lead to cures for many neurological conditions such as Alzheimer’s or autism.
Thousands of people in California possess guns, even though the law says they should not. Today state Senators asked the California Department of Justice’s Bureau of Firearms why that number is so high.
California Governor Jerry Brown calls climate change a "slow-rolling crisis" that must be addressed. And he’s trying to get other governments to follow California's lead in reducing carbon emissions.
California would begin automatic voter registration under a bill making its way through the state Legislature. The measure passed an Assembly committee today.
It’s shaping up to be a hot, dry summer in California. And rules governing outdoor work conditions have been modified to keep people better protected.
California depends on gas tax revenues to maintain its roads. But that revenue is declining. Now the state is looking for volunteers to try out a new funding method, but volunteering could cost you money.