Diving Into the Data, Literally
New immersive environments are allowing researchers to visualize and study everything from brains to hurricanes with unprecedented detail and scale.
One winter evening in the early 1860s, German chemist August Kekulé dozed off while sitting before a fire, falling into a remarkably vivid dream. Atoms formed themselves into undulating strings that morphed into a snake eating its own tail. Kekulé contended that this intense imagery helped him solve the mystery of benzene’s ringlike structure, a discovery that is considered a foundation of modern chemistry.
Nearly 100 years later, research teams on both sides of the Atlantic ...
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