Folks act impressed when they find out their new TV can show a whopping 480 frames per second, or when a camera can capture a great number of photos in the same amount of time. The people at the Science and Technology Facilities Council are less excited by those numbers.
That’s because they’re making a camera that’s capable of shooting at a speed of 4.5 million frames a second. For those that didn’t feel like doing the math on that one, that’s 270 million shots in a minute. It’s a staggering number, but keep in mind, this isn’t designed for consumer use.
The camera will be created to take 3D X-ray photos of single molecules. Those photos will help scientists to understand more about matter, about diseases and the drugs that treat and cure them. It’s a huge undertaking that’s expected to complete in 2015.