These features are being cross-posted from my micro-blog, Tumbld Thoughts.
Here is a link to an excellent review in the blog Neuroanthropology  on recent work by Cornelia Bargmann  using C. elegans  as a model for uncovering the "building blocks" of sensorimotor behavior -- and its relationship with experience . This work advances the idea that neuropeptides (e.g. oxytocin and vasopressin) organize behavioral complexity in a manner similar to how Hox genes organize phenotypic development .
This is a brand new paper (as of 2/28/2013) from the Nicolelis Lab at Duke on brain-to-brain interfaces (BTBI). BTBIs  are similar to BCI/BMI technology , but instead of neural signals driving a computer interface or machine, they are used to stimulate the brain of a conspecific (in this case, another rat on another continent , as shown in above image and described in the paper).
Finally, here is an image and linkfest related to the pre-release hype surrounding SimCity5. Unique features of the updated release include the use of tilt-shift photography and the Glassbox game engine. The Sims (humanoid agents) are also a bit more human-like.
So to provide context, here are four Wired Science blog posts by Sam Arbesman. The first post  is the connection between LEGO and SimCity as modeling tools (e.g. modeling cities at small scales). The second and third posts [10, 11] involve understanding the scale of cities in the context of their importance and how Kolmogorov complexity  can characterize this scalar relationship.
The fourth post describes a paper by Mark Changizi  in which the number and frequency of distinct types of LEGO piece contribute to the overall complexity of objects being built . These mathematical principles (known as scaling laws) can be applied to understanding both the top-down design and bottom-up emergent complexity of cities.
 Lende, D. Cornelia Bargmann and the Building Blocks of Behavior. Neuroanthropology blog. February 20 (2013).
 Dr. Bargmann's departmental website, and a lecture from the "Open Questions in Neuroscience" symposium (hosted by the Allen Institute).
Also see an article from 2012, in which she weighs in on the idea of building a connectome: Bargmann, C.I. Beyond the connectome: how neuromodulators shape neural circuits. Bioessays, 34(6), 458-465 (2012).
 C.elegans has a complexity of just 959 cells (the brain has 302 cells). This makes this nematode a potentially tractable model for whole-organism understanding and emulation of simple behaviors (but see article  for difficulties in achieving this).
See the following review article for more information: Ankeny, R.A. The natural history of Caenorhabditis elegans research. Nature Reviews Genetics, 2(6), 474-479 (2001).
 Hall, S.S. As the worm turns. Nature News. February 20 (2013).
 For more information on how neuropeptides may organize social and other behaviors, please see the following review in which neuropeptides are called the "dark matter" of social neuroscience: Insel, T.R. The Challenge of Translation in Social Neuroscience: a review of oxytocin, vasopressin, and affiliative behavior. Neuron, 65(6), 768–779 (2010).
 Paper: Vieira, M-P., Lebedev, M., Kunicki, C., Wang, J., and Nicolelis, M.A.L. A brain-to-brain interface for real-time sharing of sensorimotor information. Scientific Reports, 3, 1319 (2013).
 Resources on Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCIs): Popular Science feature collection, IEEE Spectrum feature collection, Nature Publishing web focus.
 Rat-to-rat communication (North America to South America and back), referred to in the paper as a "rat dyad". Map courtesy Google Earth.
 Arbesman, S. LEGO Meets SimCity. Wired Science, February 20 (2013).
 Arbesman, S. The Scale and Context of Cities. Wired Science, March 12 (2012).
 Arbesman, S. The Complexity of Cities and SimCity. Wired Science, June 14 (2012).
 Hutter, M. Algorithmic Complexity. Scholarpedia, 3(1), 2573 (2008).
 Changizi, M.A., McDannald, M.A., and Widders, D. Scaling of differentiation in networks: nervous systems, organisms, ant colonies, ecosystems, businesses, universities, cities, electronic circuits, and Legos. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 218(2), 215-237 (2002).
 Arbesman, S. The Mathematics of Lego. Wired Science, January 6 (2012).