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Calcite Chip infested with Cyanobacteria -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Calcite Chip infested with Cyanobacteria

July 6, 2015 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The 200X image shows a calcite chip infested with euendolithic cyanobacterium, in-situ. The photograph received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using a Leica SP5 LASER confocal microscope.

Galactic Pyrotechnics on Display

July 2, 2015 8:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

A galaxy 23 million light-years away is the site of impressive, ongoing, fireworks. Rather than...

Flying over an Aurora

July 1, 2015 2:32 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) captured photographs and video of auroras from the...

Live Human Mesothelial Cell

June 30, 2015 12:33 pm | News | Comments

This 600X image shows a live cultured human mesothelial cell activated to produce hyaluronan. It...

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Stars forming in the Taurus Molecular Cloud

June 26, 2015 4:57 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The intricate jumble depicted in this image from ESA’s Herschel space observatory shows the distribution of gas and dust in the Taurus Molecular Cloud, a giant stellar nursery about 450 light-years away in the constellation Taurus, the Bull. Dust is a minor but crucial ingredient in this diffuse mixture that provides the raw material for stars to form.

Live Zebrafish Embryo -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Live Zebrafish Embryo

June 26, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The image shows an entire live zebrafish embryo at 22 hours post-fertilization and single-cell resolution, enabling an insightful view of its early morphogenetic development. The embryo’s cell nuclei were fluorescently labeled and imaged with a SiMView custom light-sheet microscope. Color encodes depth in the image.

Wandering Jew Leaf Stomata -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Wandering Jew Leaf Stomata

June 25, 2015 8:20 am | News | Comments

This 40x image of wandering jew leaf stomata — pores found in the epidermis that control gas exchange — received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using brightfield, epi illumination and image stacking.

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LISA Pathfinder Electrode Housing Box -- Courtesy of CGS SpA -- Click to enlarge

Best Free-fall Ever: LISA Pathfinder Electrode Housing Box

June 24, 2015 1:56 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

This photo, suggestive of an old-fashioned lift cage, shows a much smaller enclosure: an electrode housing box that will fly on ESA’s LISA Pathfinder mission. The inside measures 5.5 centimeters on each side. The mission is a technology demonstrator that will pave the way for future space-based observatories measuring gravitational waves — ripples in the fabric of space-time predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

Satellite View of San Francisco Bay Area -- Courtesy of USGS/ESA – click to enlarge

Satellite View of San Francisco Bay Area

June 23, 2015 10:25 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Landsat-8 captured this image of the San Francisco Bay Area in California on March 5, 2015. The city of San Francisco is on a peninsula in the center left of the image. In the upper-central portion, we can see the delta of the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers with brown, sediment-filled water flowing down into the larger bay. Starting in the top-left corner of the image and running diagonally to the south is the San Andreas Fault.

Night-shining Clouds -- Courtesy of NASA Earth Observatory map by Joshua Stevens, using Polar Mesospheric Cloud data from the University of Colorado Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics – click to enlarge

Night-shining Clouds created when Ice Crystals form on Meteor Dust

June 20, 2015 9:51 am | by Mike Carlowicz, NASA | News | Comments

In the late spring and summer, unusual clouds form high in the atmosphere above the polar regions of the world. As the lower atmosphere warms, the upper atmosphere gets cooler, and ice crystals form on meteor dust and other particles high in the sky. The result is noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds — electric blue wisps that grow on the edge of space.

Close-up: Water Flea -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Close-up: Water Flea

June 19, 2015 11:37 am | News | Comments

This 20x image of a water flea received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using a darkfield technique.

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Cat’s Lip Cross Section

June 18, 2015 2:21 pm | News | Comments

This 6.25x image is an antique slide featuring cat lip section, showing capillary bed of hairs, whiskers and musculature. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using transmitted light with partially crossed polars and a retarder.

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On the Red Planet, strong winds whip dust and sand from the surface into a frenzy, moving it across the planet at high speeds. These winds can hit 100 km/h, enough to create giant dust storms that settle across huge swathes of Mars, lasting for many days

Winds of Mars Whip Dust and Sand Into a Frenzy

June 17, 2015 12:45 pm | News | Comments

On the Red Planet, strong winds whip dust and sand from the surface into a frenzy, moving it across the planet at high speeds. These winds can hit 100 km/h, enough to create giant dust storms that settle across huge swathes of Mars, lasting for many days or even weeks.

Iridescent Mercury: An Ethereal, Colorful View of Our Innermost Planet -- Courtesy of NASA / JHU Applied Physics Lab / Carnegie Inst. Washington – click to enlarge

Iridescent Mercury: An Ethereal, Colorful View of Our Innermost Planet

June 16, 2015 8:56 am | by ESA | News | Comments

To the human eye, Mercury may resemble a dull, grey orb but this enhanced-color image from NASA’s Messenger probe, tells a completely different story. Swathes of iridescent blue, sandy-colored plains and delicate strands of greyish white, create an ethereal and colorful view of our Solar System’s innermost planet. These contrasting colors have been chosen to emphasize the differences in the composition of the landscape across the planet.

This photograph of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank was taken during the Gemini IV mission during orbit no. 19, on June 4, 1965, with a Hasselblad camera and a 70mm lens. The Gemini IV crew — astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White — conducted scien

Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank

June 15, 2015 3:01 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This photograph of the Florida Straits and Grand Bahama Bank was taken during the Gemini IV mission during orbit no. 19, on June 4, 1965, with a Hasselblad camera and a 70mm lens. The Gemini IV crew — astronauts Jim McDivitt and Ed White — conducted scientific experiments, including photography of Earth's weather and terrain, for the remainder of their four-day mission following White's historic first American spacewalk on June 3.

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Escherichia Coli Colonies

June 12, 2015 4:41 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

These are colonies of Escherichia coli bacteria grown on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar plate medium; colonies of E. coli grown on HE agar display a raised morphology, and are yellow to orange-yellow in coloration.

Jewel Beetle Carapace -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlargeThis 450x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace, near the eye. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Sma

Jewel Beetle Carapace

June 11, 2015 4:13 pm | News | Comments

This 450x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace, near the eye. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using diffused, reflected illumination.

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This 20x photo shows chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photo

Symbiotic Algae Living inside the Cells of a Sea Anemone

June 11, 2015 8:50 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo shows chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Fusion of Melted Nylon and Polyester Fibers -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Fusion of Melted Nylon and Polyester Fibers

June 10, 2015 11:16 am | News | Comments

This 400x photo shows the fusion of melted nylon and polyester fibers, recovered from the hood of a vehicle that was in a motor vehicle versus pedestrian collision. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Soyuz TMA-15M Spacecraft – courtesy of ESA/NASA – click to enlarge

Soyuz TMA-15M Spacecraft to Head Home this Week

June 9, 2015 8:52 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Soyuz TMA-15M launched successfully aboard a Soyuz-FG rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan November 23, 2014. The spacecraft reached low Earth orbit approximately nine minutes after lift-off. After executing rendezvous maneuvers, it docked with the International Space Station on November 24. Soyuz TMA-15M has remained docked to the ISS, serving as an emergency escape vehicle and  waiting for its return flight to Earth.

Maysak Becomes a Super Typhoon -- Courtesy of NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team – click to enlarge

Maysak Becomes a Super Typhoon

June 8, 2015 12:26 pm | by Rob Gutro, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of Typhoon Maysak as it strengthened into a super typhoon on March 31, 2015, reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson Wind Scale. The TRMM and GPM satellites, both satellites are co-managed by NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency captured rainfall and cloud data that revealed heavy rainfall and high thunderstorms in the strengthening storm.

Nature’s Kaleidoscope: Beach Oak Twig with Scale Leaves -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Nature’s Kaleidoscope: Beach Oak Twig with Scale Leaves

June 5, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

This 125x photo shows a transverse section of beach oak (Casuarina equisetifolia) twigs with scale leaves. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using brightfield and image stacking techniques.

The Advance of Hubbard Glacier -- Courtesy of NASA/Earth Observatory – Click to enlarge

The Advance of Hubbard Glacier

June 4, 2015 8:42 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Since measurements began in 1895, Alaska’s Hubbard Glacier has been thickening and steadily advancing into Disenchantment Bay. The advance runs counter to many thinning and retreating glaciers nearby in Alaska and around the world. This image shows the glacier on July 22, 2014. Twice in the past hundred years, the moraine has made contact with Gilbert Point and blocked the entrance to Russell Fjord, causing the water level to rise rapidly

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Paramecium Division

June 3, 2015 9:52 am | News | Comments

This 250x photo of paramecium division received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using differential interference contrast.

The Dreadful Beauty of Medusa -- Courtesy of ESO – click to enlarge

The Dreadful Beauty of Medusa

June 2, 2015 9:17 am | by ESO | News | Comments

Astronomers using ESO’s Very Large Telescope in Chile have captured the most detailed image ever taken of the Medusa Nebula. As the star at the heart of this nebula made its transition into retirement, it shed its outer layers into space, forming this colorful cloud. The image foreshadows the final fate of the Sun, which will eventually also become an object of this kind.

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Dynamic Spring Weather in North Atlantic Waters

June 1, 2015 12:50 pm | by Mike Carlowicz, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | News | Comments

Physical oceanographers will sometimes point out that the ocean has weather and seasons, much like the atmosphere. Masses of water with different temperatures, salinities and nutrient levels clash and mix like warm and cold fronts in the air. Different plant-like species — phytoplankton — bloom, spread and die back with the different conditions. Ocean currents swirl in turbulent fronts and eddies — much like tornadoes and hurricanes.

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Close-up: Diatoms

May 29, 2015 2:33 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of diatoms received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using darkfield, polarized light and Rheinberg illumination.

When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this AIA 171Å channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that are called "coronal loops."

Coronal Loops over a Sunspot Group

May 28, 2015 3:47 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly instrument aboard NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. Its data includes images of the sun in 10 wavelengths every 10 seconds. When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that are called "coronal loops."

And the winner is… ‘Colouring water’ -- Courtesy of M.A. Richardson – click to enlarge

And the Winner is… Colouring Water

May 27, 2015 2:26 pm | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

‘Colouring Water’ — a photograph by Michael Angelo Richardson from the Netherlands — has won the top prize in the Sentinel-2 Colour Vision photo competition. Richardson will receive a trip to the European Space Operations Centre (ESOC), the European Space Agency (ESA)’s operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, as a guest at the VIP event on the night of the Sentinel-2A launch. The satellite is scheduled for liftoff on a Vega rocket...

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