Friday, 24 December 2010

Blood vessel looks like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Researchers at Newcastle University were studying the inner workings of neurons in the hippocampal region of the brain and when they looked at the image they were stunned by the find.

The picture looks like a reindeer with antlers flying through the starry sky. Even its eye and tail are visible.

The blob for a nose happened by chance when the experts were labelling the image. They then overexposed the image to make it show up red.

Claudia Racca, of the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, who performed the experiment with colleague David Cox, said: ''Biology can throw up things like this, but it was a nice surprise to find this image.

''We were looking at a section of the tissue and noticed this strange but familiar shape.

''It was intriguing and we noticed the similarity to a reindeer.

''We then took an overexposed picture of it and the red blob for the nose and the white antlers showed up even better.

''We got distracted from the science at that point and had a bit of fun with the pictures of Rudolph instead.

''It may not be very valuable scientifically but it looks nice on the eye.''

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