For a decade now, the National Science Foundation and the journal Science have been curating and awarding prizes for the best visualizations of scientific discoveries and concepts. The 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winner was this stunning computer-generated 3D visualization of a heart:
This visceral, 3-d simulation of a beating heart grabbed first place in its category. A team at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center produced the contracting digital organ using a combination of data from magnetic resonance images, observations of cardiac muscle contractions and electrical signals, and input from physicians and bioengineers. Reproducing a single heartbeat takes 100 minutes of computing time, so the team distributed calculations among the facility’s 10,000 processors. The result is a beautifully simulated, seemingly tangible, spasming organ.
Here is the video: