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Bread Mold Encapsulated into Droplets -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Bread Mold Encapsulated into Droplets

May 22, 2015 10:09 am | News | Comments

This 5x photo shows bread mold encapsulated into droplets. 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 fluorescence.

Close-up: Twisted-wing Parasite

May 21, 2015 9:13 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo shows a ventral view of the head of the twisted-wing parasite Myrmecolax sp...

Star Formation and Magnetic Turbulence in the Orion Molecular Cloud

May 19, 2015 3:17 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

With blue hues suggestive of marine paradises and a texture evoking the tranquil flow of sea...

Close-up: Common Wasp Stinger

May 18, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

This 5x photo of a common wasp (Vespula vulgaris) stinger received an honorable mention...

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Mapping World Air Traffic from Space -- Courtesy of ESA/DLR/SES – click to enlarge

Detecting and Mapping World Air Traffic from Space

May 15, 2015 9:51 am | by ESA | News | Comments

Aircraft positions are picked up by the Proba-V mini-satellite, using an experimental ADS-B receiver. These signals are regularly broadcast from aircraft, giving flight information such as speed, position and altitude. Proba-V has picked up upwards of 25 million positions from more than 15,000 separate aircraft. The team has identified more than 22,000 unique call signs, identifying more than 15,000 aircraft.

Inner Eye: Retinal Whole Mount -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlargeThis 40x image of a retinal whole mount, showing ganglion cell bodies and their axon bundles (red), astrocytes (green), and vasc

Inner Eye: Retinal Whole Mount

May 14, 2015 11:19 am | News | Comments

This 40x image of a retinal whole mount, showing ganglion cell bodies and their axon bundles (red), astrocytes (green), and vasculature (blue), 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 confocal microscopy.

Cloudy Earth -- NASA Earth Observatory image by Jesse Allen and Kevin Ward, using data provided by the MODIS Atmosphere Science Team, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center – click to enlarge

Cloudy Earth: Observation Averages from July 2002 to April 2015

May 13, 2015 2:31 pm | by Adam Voiland, with information from Steve Platnick and Tom Arnold, NASA | News | Comments

Decades of satellite observations and astronaut photographs show that clouds dominate space-based views of Earth. One study, based on nearly a decade of satellite data, estimated that about 67 percent of Earth’s surface is typically covered by clouds. This is especially the case over the oceans, where other research shows less than 10 percent of the sky is completely clear of clouds at any one time.

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Close-up: Adhesive Bandage Pad -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Close-up: Adhesive Bandage Pad

May 12, 2015 9:08 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo of an adhesive bandage pad 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 confocal microscopy.

Close-up: Ant Nymph -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Close-up: Ant Nymph

May 11, 2015 11:40 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo of an ant nymph 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 image stacking and stitching.

'Cinco de Mayo' Solar Flare -- Courtesy of NASA/SDO/Wiessinger – click to enlarge

Solar Dynamics Observatory Sees 'Cinco de Mayo' Solar Flare

May 8, 2015 10:02 am | by NASA | News | Comments

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which watches the sun constantly, captured these images of a significant solar flare — as seen in the bright flash on the left — peaking at 6:11 p.m. EDT on May 5, 2015. Each image shows a different wavelength of extreme ultraviolet light that highlights a different temperature of material on the sun.

Trajectory of Alan Shepard's Historic Flight -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

Trajectory of Alan Shepard's Historic Flight

May 7, 2015 10:59 am | by NASA | News | Comments

Fifty-four years ago on May 5, 1961 only 23 days after Yuri Gagarin of the then-Soviet Union became the first person in space, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard launched at 9:34 a.m. EDT aboard his Freedom 7 capsule powered by a Redstone booster to become the first American in space. His historic flight lasted 15 minutes, 28 seconds.

10-Engine Electric Plane Prototype Takes Off -- Courtesy of NASA Langley/David C. Bowman – click to enlarge

10-Engine Electric Plane Prototype Takes Off

May 6, 2015 12:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

A team at NASA's Langley Research Center is developing a concept of a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. The prototype, called Greased Lightning or GL-10, is currently in the design and testing phase. This photograph captures the GL-10 prototype taking off in hover mode like a helicopter.

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Saturn’s Sponge-like Moon Hyperion -- Courtesy of NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute – click to enlarge

Saturn’s Sponge-like Moon Hyperion

May 5, 2015 12:08 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

The subject of this image bears a remarkable resemblance to a porous sea sponge, floating in the inky black surroundings of the deep sea. Indeed, the cold, hostile and lonely environment of deep water is not too far removed from deep space, the actual setting for this image in which one of Saturn’s outer moons, Hyperion, can be seen in incredible detail.

Bed Bug -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Close-up: Bed Bug

May 4, 2015 2:09 pm | News | Comments

This 50x photo of a bed bug (Cimex lectularius) received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Caption: Florida from Lake Okeechobee to Part of Everglades National Park -- Courtesy of ESA, Copernicus data (2014) – click to enlarge

Florida from Lake Okeechobee to Part of Everglades National Park

April 30, 2015 5:06 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Part of the US state of Florida is pictured in this image from the Sentinel-1A satellite. The peninsula sits between the Gulf of Mexico to the west, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The large body of water at the top of the image is the freshwater Lake Okeechobee. Covering about 1900 sq km, the lake is very shallow with a maximum depth of about 4 m.

Mite in a Small Forest -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Mite in a Small Forest

April 30, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo, entitled "Mite in a Small Forest" 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 image stacking.

Unmasking the Secrets of Mercury -- Courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington – click to enlarge

Unmasking the Secrets of Mercury

April 29, 2015 9:32 am | by NASA | News | Comments

MASCS has been diligently collecting single tracks of spectral surface measurements since MESSENGER entered Mercury orbit on March 17, 2011. The track coverage is now extensive enough that the spectral properties of both broad terrains and small, distinct features such as pyroclastic vents and fresh craters can be studied. To accentuate the geological context of the measurements, MASCS data have been overlain on a monochrome mosiac.

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International Space Station Flyover of Australia -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

International Space Station Flyover of Australia

April 28, 2015 1:57 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

From the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly (stationcdrkelly on Instagram) took this photograph and posted it to social media on April 6, 2015. Kelly wrote, "Australia. You are very beautiful. Thank you for being there to brighten our day. #YearInSpace"

Chicken Sensory Neuron -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Rising Sun: Chicken Sensory Neuron

April 27, 2015 9:43 am | News | Comments

This 40x photo, entitled "Rising Sun" features a cultured embryonic chicken dorsal root ganglia neuron explant. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Central and Southern Italy -- Courtesy of ESA/Copernicus data (2014) – click to enlarge

Central and Southern Italy

April 24, 2015 2:22 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

Part of Italy’s Molise, Apulia and Campania regions are pictured in this radar composite image from Sentinel-1A. The area features two distinct types of terrain: the Apennine Mountains in the lower left and lowlands to the right. Known for its agricultural importance, the lowland area is known as the Tavoliere — a term that recalls the word tavolo meaning ‘table.’

First Image of the Moon Taken by a U.S. Spacecraft -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

First Image of the Moon Taken by a U.S. Spacecraft

April 23, 2015 3:22 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

Ranger 7 took this image, the first picture of the moon by a U.S. spacecraft, on July 31, 1964 at 13:09 UT, about 17 minutes before impacting the lunar surface. The large crater at center right is the 108 km diameter Alphonsus. Above it is Ptolemaeus and below it Arzachel. The terminator is at the bottom right corner. Mare Nubium is at center and left. North is at about 11:00 at the center of the frame.

Mouse-ear Cress Plant Root Tip -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Mouse-ear Cress Plant Root Tip

April 22, 2015 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo features a depth-coded rendering of a transgenic mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) plant root tip stably expressing the nuclear histone marker H2B fused to a green fluorescent protein. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition.

Liquid Crystals with Focal Conic-like Texture -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Liquid Crystals with Focal Conic-like Texture

April 21, 2015 11:58 am | News | Comments

This 40x photo shows focal conic-like domain with varying degrees of modulation and checkerboard patterns. 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 polarized light.

Fruit Fly Salivary Gland Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Fruit Fly Salivary Gland Cells

April 20, 2015 10:02 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo features salivary gland cells from a fruit fly showing cell boundaries (white) and genomic DNA (red). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Original Seven: The Mercury Astronauts -- Courtesy of NASA – click to enlarge

Original Seven: The Mercury Astronauts

April 17, 2015 12:38 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This group photo of the original Mercury astronauts was taken in June 1963 at the Manned Spacecraft Center (MSC), now Johnson Space Center, in Houston, TX. Now known as the "Original Seven," the astronauts are, left-to-right: Cooper, Schirra, Shepard, Grissom, Glenn, Slayton and Carpenter.

Drug-resistant Shigella Bacteria -- Courtesy of CDC/James Archer – click to enlarge

Drug-resistant Shigella Bacteria

April 16, 2015 11:38 am | by CDC | News | Comments

This illustration depicts a three-dimensional (3-D) computer-generated image of a number of rod-shaped, drug-resistant Shigella bacteria. The artistic recreation was based upon scanning electron micrographic imagery. Note that the exterior of the Shigella bacterium is fimbriated, covered by numerous thin, hair-like projections, imparting a furry appearance.

This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The Aral Sea is a striking example of humankind’s impact on the environment and natural resources.

Aral Sea Between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, Central Asia

April 15, 2015 2:33 pm | News | Comments

This multitemporal Sentinel-1A radar image shows the Aral Sea, located on the border between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia. The Aral Sea is a striking example of humankind’s impact on the environment and natural resources.  

Part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field – the world's second largest contiguous extrapolar ice field – and two lakes are pictured in this image of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, is situa

Two Lakes and an Ice Field

April 14, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

Part of the Southern Patagonian Ice Field – the world's second largest contiguous extrapolar ice field – and two lakes are pictured in this image of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The park was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1981, is situated in the area around Lake Viedma and the country’s largest freshwater Lake Argentino. 

Sitting in the valley of the Tuul River – running northeast to southwest across the image – the city of Ulan Bator is flanked by the Bogd Khan Mountain to its south (centre of image). This forested mountain is the site of one of the oldest national parks

Ulan Bator, Mongolian Capital

April 13, 2015 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Sitting in the valley of the Tuul River – running northeast to southwest across the image – the city of Ulan Bator is flanked by the Bogd Khan Mountain to its south (centre of image). This forested mountain is the site of one of the oldest national parks in the world, home to wildlife such as foxes and wolves and endangered species of hare and deer.

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