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.

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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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