I made a mad scientist over the summer and when we were discussing our idea with Natasha and Andrew, Natasha showed us a video of inside the brain (cited below) and the neurones reminded me of the little plasma ball I made.
I showed it to the group and they thought it would be good to have those in the animation so I started making more.
Link to playblast: https://youtu.be/oEpWGTHgmZs
Link to rendered test: https://youtu.be/uHSJ_DXRtqo
Brinsmead, D. (2008). Plasma Ball with Paint Effects. Available: http://area.autodesk.com/blogs/duncan/plasma_ball_with_paint_effects. Last accessed 22nd Jun 2015.
Cole, N. (2015). Mad Scientist. Available: https://nataliehcole.wordpress.com/2015/06/22/mad-scientist-2/. Last accessed 2nd Oct 2015.
Ivanov, A. (2007). Neurotransmitter Synapse 3D Animation. Available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90cj4NX87Yk. Last accessed 5th Oct 2015.