Aboard the Federation starships of Star Trek, there's a virtual-reality space known as the holodeck where you can explore any number of virtual environments and interact with all kinds of characters. For animal behavior researchers, that futuristic playroom is becoming a reality. A team led by the University of Freiburg in Germany has created a virtual-reality chamber to watch flies, fish, and mice act like they would in the real world.
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