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You know those stories of scientific breakthroughs, in which the lone genius scientist struggles for years until his “eureka!” moment?


Yeah, that’s a lie.


With the big data revolution well under way, today scientific discoveries are the result of massive collaborations.


Case in point? Last week, 18 institutions teamed up and devised a method to image entire brains 1,000 times faster than anything before. Dubbed by the team as an “Avengers, unite!” moment, they combined strengths to physically blow up brain tissue to over 20 times its usual size, and scanned their inner circuits and molecular constituents—down to the nano-scale level—using a new type of blazingly fast microscopy.

The results are stunning videos of the fly and mouse brains, in which every nook and cranny is illuminated and reconstructed in neon colors.

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Category: Science