New Microscope Puts the Life Back in Biology (with Videos!)

Life moves.

Or more precisely, as neuroscientist Eric Betzig and his colleagues put it in today’s issue of Science: “Every living thing is a complex thermodynamic pocket of reduced entropy through which matter and energy flow continuously.”

Betzig’s name may sound familiar. Two weeks ago he won the 2014 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for developing fancy microscopes. In today’s Science paper he shows off the latest tech, dubbed ‘optical lattice microscopy’, which captures not only the physical structure of a biological sample, but the way it changes in space over time.


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