Students test their brain knowlege national bee

The human brain has billions of neurons and Victoria Suntich’s were firing during the weekend’s National Brain Bee, a neuroscience competition for students across the country. The 17-year-old from St. Mary’s County pinpointed arteries and nerves and tried to recall the symptoms of Guillain-Barre syndrome. “There’s a thing called a developing pig-head structure,” the Leonardtown High School senior said. “I could go on.” Fifty-six teens from 33 cities arrived in Baltimore to test their temporal lobes for first place, $1,500 and a chance to attend the world championship June in Copenhagen, Denmark. That distinction went to Karina Bao, a junior at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, who could explain the role of the suprachiasmatic nucleus, invaluable to any teenager: sleep regulator. The competition is the brainchild of Dr.…

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