Every Neuron in a Brain Recorded in 3D on a Millisecond Timescale

To learn how the whole brain works, it doesn't do to just record from one neuron—you want to know what every single neuron is doing every millisecond. Now scientists have invented a technique that can actually capture the 3D activity of an entire brain milliseconds at the time—possibly the most complete picture of… » 5/19/14 4:40pm 5/19/14 4:40pm

This Super Sharp Image of a Cell's Insides Was Made With Glowing DNA

This looks like a bizarrely-colored aerial image of a city at night, but in reality it's something much smaller, and much more fascinating: the tiny scaffolding and organelles that make up a single human cell. Harvard researchers caught this view using a new technique powered by light-up strands of custom-built DNA. » 2/05/14 6:00pm 2/05/14 6:00pm

Why Microscope Slides Should Hang in the Louvre

You might think that a museum adding 2000 new exhibits would need to build a whole new wing. But the latest additions to London's Grant Museum of Zoology all fit into a space the size of a large wardrobe: they're vintage glass microscope slides, bearing specimens taken from everything from fleas to whales. » 2/11/13 8:34am 2/11/13 8:34am

The World's First Glimpses of the Microscopic

In 1665, Samuel Pepys recalls in his diary that he stayed up till 2am one morning, reading a best-selling page-turner which he called "the most ingenious book I read in my life." It wasn't a book about history, or a play, or anything from the arts: it was the world's first popular book about microscopic images. » 10/23/12 4:35am 10/23/12 4:35am