Inside the tech supporting the bleeding edge of neuroscience

Each time researchers at the Queensland Brain Institute build a 3D map of a living organism they create another 30 gigabytes or so of data. As real-time brain imagery gets better, faster, and bigger, the QBI is being forced to invest in some pretty serious IT kit to keep up. QBI’s microscopy facility manager Luke Hammond took iTnews inside the fast moving research enterprise. He said recent advancements in both the speed and sensitivity of imaging equipment meant that researchers can see far more of the brain than ever before, and at far greater speed. They can now visualise the brains of animals, observing their neural activity at a cellular resolution while they are still alive. “By observing how neurons connect and communicate we can learn how the brain processes information. Essentially,…

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