I like experiments that use lasers, radiation or magnets, because, goddamit, they feel like proper science. And if the study produces a 3D fly-through animation afterwards, so much the better.
The Neurophilosopher’s blog has just published a great article discussing a study that ticks several of these boxes.
Professors Vladimir Parpura and Umar Mohideen of the University of California, Riverside have used atomic force microscopy [Roaarrrr!] to investigate the mechanisms by which neurons release neurotransmitters.
Check out the bottom of the article for the fly-through animation.
Link to Neurophilospher’s article ‘Neurotransmitter release examined using atomic force microscopy’.