Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sunday Science Blog




Small Wonders: 20 Winning Images Depict Life under the Microscope 


Scientific American featured the 20 winners of Nikon's Small World photo competition: 

For the past four decades the Nikon Small World competition has placed photography under the microscope, with eye-catching results. This year’s 20 finalists, announced Thursday, are no exception, zooming in on microorganisms, minerals and even electronic circuitry to find beauty hidden from the naked eye. 

 Judges evaluated more than 1,200 photos sent from dozens of countries based on scientific relevance, composition, quality and technique, along with technical and artistic merit. The competition’s subject matter is unrestricted as long as some type of light microscopy technique is used, including phase contrast, polarized light, interference contrast, dark field or some combination thereof.



Parsley (Petroselinum crispum) ovary fixed and stained to show lectins (red) and nuclei (blue) 



Rhombohedral cleavage in calcite crystal



Appendages of a common brine shrimp




Montana Dryhead agate



Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red 



3 comments:

billy pilgrim said...

who knew parsley had such attractive ovaries?

Anonymous said...

Has Lisa The Porn Queen and her degenerate fan club seen these photos? Oh wait, they're not pr0n so they won't be interested...I guess they're wallowing in their usual slime and can't be bothered.

Thurston Howell said...

Off topic, but damn, how about that Friday market close!?... 17,390.