Carnegie Mellon University, working in conjunction with researchers at Johns Hopkins, Harvard, and other institutions, plans to reverse engineer the human brain. Let's just hope Igor doesn't grab the one marked "Abby Normal." CMU announced this week that it's embarking on a five-year, $12M research effort to unlock the secrets of neural circuitry and the brain's learning methods. Researchers will use these insights to make computers think more like humans. AI might be a hot topic but you'll still need to justify those projects.