The Brainiest Street in the World

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According to the Guinness Book of Records, the smartest street in the world is in Novosibirsk Academgorodok. It is the prospect named after Academician Lavrentyev. 2.4 km long, the street is full of research institutions and science-related enterprises. Nearly 20 research institutes including the one of thermal physics, of organic and inorganic chemistry, of catalysis, of nuclear physics, of semiconductor physics, of hydrodynamics, of cytology and genetics, of chemical biology and fundamental medicine, make up the brilliant collection of the brightest brains possible. Apart from that, here the Presidium of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Science has its headquarters, the publishing house of the SB RAS, and the SFP-vivarium. The Novosibirsk Technopark is not exactly here, but only a block away.IMG_2623

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Besides, here you will find the bust of Academician Lavrentyev himself and the cutest ever monument to the laboratory mouse hidden in a small park next to the Institute of Cytology and Genetics. According to the director of the Institute, the monument represents the researchers’ gratitude towards this animal for being able to use mice to study molecular and physical mechanisms of diseases, which are similar in mice and people, and to develop new drugs. The first stone of the monument was put on June 1, 2012, to honor the 55th anniversary of the Institute. The artist who created the monument had tried many drafts, but the one of a mouse knitting the DNA thread was selected. According to the artist, the figure combines a laboratory mouse and a researcher, because both of them do the same thing. The mouse is represented at the moment of an invention.

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