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The billion-yuan MRI machine “will revolutionise brain studies”, a senior scientist working on the project told Chinese media.

The facility which will house the super-scanner is still being built in the city of Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province.

Current MRI scanners can only visualise objects larger than 1mm, but the new device is aimed to visualise objects 1,000 times smaller.

“We may for the first time capture a full picture of human consciousness or even the essence of life itself.

“Then we can define them and explain how they work in precise physical terms – just like Newton and Einstein defined and explained the universe,” he said.

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