Fluorescent Gels to Help Scientists Study Blast Pressure on the Brain


U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have developed a gel substance with fluorescent properties that mimics the texture and mass of the human brain. Their goal is to show the scale of damage to the brain under the pressure conditions that soldiers encounter in combat or training. The laboratory is also creating materials that will enable the researchers to see details that have never been recorded. Using nanotechnology, scientists will see what happens to the brain during an explosion at the cellular level.