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A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins (Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins is displayed at demonstration of a new visualization room at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

Stony Brook University's Reality Deck

Stony Brook University's newest computer science feat is called The Reality Deck, a $2 million virtual reality theater that is akin to the fictional Holodeck from "Star Trek," where Starship Enterprise officers could find themselves in another place and time.

Stony Brook University scientists believe their technology will be far-reaching and help better detect cancers, build antibiotics, predict climate changes and map the universe.

The 627-square-foot room's four walls are tiled floor-to-ceiling with 416 high-resolution flat-screen monitors, allowing scientists, engineers and physicians to visualize huge amounts of data unlike anything they've been able to do before, its Stony Brook creators said.

Arie E. Kaufman, chief scientist of Stony Brook
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Arie E. Kaufman, chief scientist of Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology, watches a demonstration of the center's new 360-degree visualization room. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A satellite image of Long Island is displayed
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A satellite image of Long Island is displayed for visitors during at a demonstration of the new high-tech visualization room at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A satellite image of the Earth surrounds viewers
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A satellite image of the Earth surrounds viewers at the newly unveiled visualization room at the Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology at Stony Brook University. (Nov. 15, 2012)

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A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed for visitors during a demonstration of a new visualization facility at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

A three-dimensional model of E. Coli bacteria proteins is displayed at demonstration of a new visualization room at Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed
(Credit: Daniel Brennan )

A 360-degree image of the galaxy is displayed for visitors during a demonstration of a new visualization facility that was unveiled by Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

Thousands of works of art are simultaneously displayed
(Credit: Daniel Brennan)

Thousands of works of art are simultaneously displayed at a new visualization facility unveiled by Stony Brook University's Center of Excellence in Wireless and Information Technology. (Nov. 15, 2012)

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