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An aerial view of Brookhaven National Laboratory's Interdisciplinary Science Building (ISB).

A Department of Energy laboratory has been allocated $15 million by the state of New York for a new microscope — capable of studying objects and life-forms in extremely cold temperatures.

The Brookhaven National Laboratory will use this new cryo-electron microscope in collaboration with two other Long Island scientific institutions: Stony Brook University and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Brookhaven officials tell Newsday that the new center, the Long Island Facility for Electron Microscopy, will be focused on improving how scientists study molecular structures and underlying causes of a number of medical conditions.

Cryo-electron microscopes are a type of electron microscope that allows researchers to study samples at a cryogenic temperature, around minus 321 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 196 degrees Celsius).

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