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Caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Caterpillar Proleg with Circle of Gripping Hooks

December 18, 2014 4:38 pm | News | Comments

This 20x photo of a caterpillar proleg with circle of gripping hooks in red won 4th Placein the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using confocal microscopy and autofluorescence.

Sponge Spicules Found in Sand

December 18, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo shows sponge spicules that once had stabilizing and predator deterring functions...

Close-up: Geranium Seed

December 17, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of a Geranium (Geranium bohemica) seed received an Image of Distinction...

Silicon Nanocrystals in Silicon Dioxide

December 16, 2014 11:49 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo of silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide received an Image of Distinction...

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Stink Bug -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Stink Bug

December 15, 2014 12:26 pm | News | Comments

This photo of a stink bug received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Kurt Wirz of Basel-Stadt, Switzerland, using image stacking.

Dried Egg White -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Dried Egg White

December 12, 2014 4:14 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using Nomarski Differential Interference Contrast.

Bamboo Stem Cross Section -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Bamboo Stem Cross Section

December 11, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

This 200X photo of a bamboo stem cross section received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using autofluorescence.

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Cassini’s view of Jupiter’s southern hemisphere -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

Cassini’s View of Jupiter’s Southern Hemisphere

December 10, 2014 10:09 am | by European Space Agency (ESA) | News | Comments

This Cassini image shows Jupiter from an unusual perspective. If you were to float just beneath the giant planet and look directly up, you would be greeted with this striking sight: red, bronze and white bands encircling a hazy south pole. The multicolored concentric layers are broken in places by prominent weather systems such as Jupiter’s famous Great Red Spot, visible towards the upper left, chaotic patches of cloud and pale white dots.

Close-up: Diatoms -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Diatoms

December 9, 2014 12:29 pm | News | Comments

This 625X photo of diatoms received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using darkfield microscopy.

This 20X view of an enteric valve of patawatermes nigripunctatus, a humivore   termite belonging to the Apicotermitinae subfamily, received an Image of   Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography   Competition, which reco

Humivore Termite Valve

December 8, 2014 4:22 pm | News | Comments

This 20X view of an enteric valve of patawatermes nigripunctatus, a humivore termite belonging to the Apicotermitinae subfamily, received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. 

This 20x image is a local equalization of silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide taken with widefield reflection. Jan Valenta and Benjamin Bruhn of Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (MFF) in Prague 2, Czech Republic received an Image

Silicon on Silicon

December 5, 2014 3:31 pm | News | Comments

This 20x image is a local equalization of silicon nanocrystals in silicon dioxide taken with widefield reflection. Jan Valenta and Benjamin Bruhn of Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (MFF) in Prague 2, Czech Republic received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope for their photo.

This 6x image of myxomycete sp. (slime mold) received an Image of Distinction   designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition,   which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. the   photo was taken us

Slime Mold is Not Fungi

December 4, 2014 4:59 pm | News | Comments

This 6x image of myxomycete sp (slime mold) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. the photo was taken using episcopic illumination by Philippe Verrees of Knokke-Heist, Belgium.

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This photo of the ventral side of Lepidozia reptans (a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the opti

A Leafy Liverwort

December 3, 2014 4:25 pm | News | Comments

This photo of the ventral side of Lepidozia reptans (a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The image was captured by Magdalena Turzańska of the University of Wroclaw, Institute of Experimental Biology, Department of Developmental Plant Biology in Wrocław, Poland.

This 20x photo of Urania ripheus (Madagascan Sunset Moth) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. Mr. Laurie Knig

Madagascan Sunset Moth

December 2, 2014 4:12 pm | News | Comments

This 20x photo of Urania ripheus (Madagascan Sunset Moth) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. Mr. Laurie Knight of Maidstone, Kent, UK captured the moth with focus stacked, twin flash front illumination.

This fluorescent image shows primary rat brain astrocytes cultured in a SynVivo BBB device. Ashley M. Smith of CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama produced the 10x photo, which received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small

Rat Brain Astrocytes

December 1, 2014 5:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

This fluorescent image shows primary rat brain astrocytes cultured in a SynVivo BBB device. Ashley M. Smith of CFD Research Corporation, Huntsville, Alabama produced the 10x photo, which received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Microscopic Marine Waterbear -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Closeup: Microscopic Marine Waterbear

November 26, 2014 8:44 am | News | Comments

This 40X photo shows autofluorescence of the cuticle of a microscopic marine waterbear, or tardigrade (Actinarctus doryphorus). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy.

Fossilized Horsetail Plant -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Fossilized Horsetail Plant

November 25, 2014 9:51 am | News | Comments

This 100X photo shows a polished section of a fossilized permocarbonian horsetail, a family of vascular plants that reproduces by spores. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by using reflected light.

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Young Juniper Shoot Cross-section -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Young Juniper Shoot Cross-section

November 24, 2014 2:33 pm | News | Comments

This 250X photo shows a cross-section of a young juniper shoot. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy.

flower stamen -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Flower Stamen

November 21, 2014 3:43 pm | News | Comments

This photo shows a flower stamen magnified 40X. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using reflected light.

This 100x image of Titanium Shavings received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photographer was Bert Siegel of

Shaved Titanium

November 20, 2014 2:56 pm | News | Comments

This 100x image of Titanium Shavings received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photographer was Bert Siegel of Zittau/Görlitz University of Applied Sciences.

The Soyuz TMA-13M crew, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst, Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Suraev, and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, in their Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them back to Earth after almost six months on the International Space S

Snug Ride Home from ISS

November 19, 2014 2:32 pm | News | Comments

The Soyuz TMA-13M crew, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Alexander Gerst, Roscosmos cosmonaut Max Suraev, and NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman, in their Soyuz spacecraft that will fly them back to Earth after almost six months on the International Space Station.

This 4x image of Aphaenogaster senilis (ant worker) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photo was compose

Ant at Work

November 18, 2014 3:33 pm | News | Comments

This 4x image of Aphaenogaster senilis (ant worker) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photo was composed using image stacking by Dimitri Seeboruth of Paris, France.

This 100x image of Polypodium virginianum (fern) sorus received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The confocal image

What’s On a Fern

November 17, 2014 3:46 pm | News | Comments

This 100x image of Polypodium virginianum (fern) sorus received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The confocal image was taken by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

Pollen -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Pollen Close-up

November 14, 2014 2:43 pm | News | Comments

This 40X photo shows a close-up of pollen. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Shamuel Silberman ofNeve Monosson, Israel, using reflected light and fiber optic illumination.

Microscopic Clam Larva -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Microscopic Clam Larva

November 13, 2014 1:47 pm | News | Comments

This 60X photo shows microscopic clam larva (glochidia). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy and autofluorescence.

Buckling Hydrogel Bilayer -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Buckling Hydrogel Bilayer

November 12, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows the buckling of a hydrogel bilayer due to swelling. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using fluorescence.

Parasitic Snails on a Featherstar -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Parasitic Snails on a Featherstar

November 11, 2014 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows parasitic snails (Annulobalcis maculatus) on an echinoderm featherstar (Comanthus wahlbergi). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using a stereomicroscope with LED light and strobes

Small Floating Sea Slug -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Small Floating Sea Slug

November 10, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows a small floating sea slug, Clione (Pteropoda:Gymnosomata). It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using stereomicroscopy.

Mustard Weed Flower Embryo -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Mustard Weed Flower Embryo

November 7, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

This 630X photo shows a mustard weed (Arabidopsis thaliana) embryo within its seed coat. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy.

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