NASA researchers have developed a way to grow miniscule networks of carbon nanotubes that are similar to brain synapses, in the hope of building smarter and more reliable computers.

The lead scientist for the project, Deepak Srivastava, used computer simulation to build a network of carbon nanotubes that look and behave like the small spaces between nerve cells called synapses through which nerve impulses travel.

Srivastava says that the nanotubes appear to have features similar to synapses, such as fault tolerance and self-correction.

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