In today’s web-connected world, we’ve come to expect instant gratification. When you select a video on Netflix, you don’t wait for the file to finish downloading. Thanks to ever-increasing bandwidth, video can stream to your computer, playing as it arrives. Thus was the concept of binge-watching born, and many a fan of “Stranger Things” went to bed exhausted, but mostly satisfied. (#justiceforbarb). As it turns out, data streaming is being used in the life sciences, too. Nature technology editor Jeffrey Perkel finds out more.