Once again I'm been remiss in posting, so I'll make up for it with a three video series. These go along with a video in which an MIT grad student talks about a technique called nano-MRI. It's like atomic force microscopy meets nuclear magnetic resonance, and instead of brain scans of humans, these MRIs measure structures on the molecular (nano to be precise) scale. One of the long term goals is to use it to look at whole viruses in action and see exactly how they work. I wonder if they need the viruses to lay perfectly still to get the scan as humans do. I suppose they could just tether them to the surface, which I would imagine would not be nearly as anxiety-inducing to a virus.
The videos would make more sense if you could hear the narration, but hopefully before long all of the videos will be freely available. I can't wait to show them to my own students.