One of the biggest problems for students and curious people trying to discover the wonders of Neurosciences through practice is the fact that delicate experiments are necessary. They require special licenses for working with animals, proper training and specialised equipment normally confined to universities and research institutions.
A possible solution is to create in-silico systems that mimic the behaviour of biological systems. These systems are more interactive then a simple "black board" presentation and allow people to interactively play with the system and create "experiments" to see what happens when the system properties are changed.
The publication shows the capabilities of this neuron (light sensing, spiking activity, sound feedback) and what parameters can be tuned (membrane voltage, intrinsic noise). Last but not least, several of these devices can be connected to one another via "synapses" to create a network!
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