Popular Mechanics reports on true stories of indefatigable researchers, heroic engineers, and champions of, neuroscience who are finally turning the corner in the effort to understand, heal, and improve the human brain.

“Are you here for the neuroscience conference?” the man asks a stranger standing next to him. The bus departs, revealing packs of neuroscientists making their way around Thomas Circle, black poster tubes for presentations slung across their shoulders like quivers. “It just seems like everyone is here for this thing,” the man says. “I’m just trying to figure out how far it goes.” Far.

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