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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.

Shaved Titanium

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

This 100x image of Titanium Shavings received an Image of Distinction designation in the...

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...

Ant at Work

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

This 4x image of Aphaenogaster senilis (ant worker)...

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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.

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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.

Thale Cress: First Plant to Have its Genome Sequenced -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Thale Cress: First Plant to Have its Genome Sequenced

November 6, 2014 3:01 pm | News | Comments

This 1140X photo shows thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), which gained notoriety in 2000 when it was the first plant to have its genome sequenced. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

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3-D Reconstruction: Rabbit Embryo Close to Term -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

3-D Reconstruction: Rabbit Embryo Close to Term

November 5, 2014 2:27 pm | News | Comments

This 0.17X photo shows a 3-D reconstruction of a rabbit embryo (Oryctolagus cuniculus) close to term obtained with a custom-built optical projection microtomography setup. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Specular Spectacular: Sun Glint Captured in Majestic NASA Photo – Courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/University of Idaho

Specular Spectacular: Sun Glint Captured in Majestic NASA Photo

November 4, 2014 12:03 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

This near-infrared, color mosaic from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the sun glinting off of Titan's north polar seas. While Cassini has captured, separately, views of the polar seas and the sun glinting off of them in the past, this is the first time both have been seen together in the same view. The sunglint, also called a specular reflection, is the bright area near the 11 o'clock position at upper left.

Fruit Fly Sperm -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Fruit Fly Sperm

November 3, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

This 630X photo shows fruit fly (Drosophila) sperm. 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.

Starry Sky from the Space Station -- Courtesy of NASA

Starry Sky from the Space Station

October 31, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

An Expedition 41 crew member aboard the Earth-orbiting International Space Station on September 13, 2014, captured this image of a starry sky. The white panel at left belonging to the ATV-5 spacecraft, which is docked with the orbital outpost, obstructs the view of Scorpius.

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Epithelial Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Epithelial Cells

October 30, 2014 12:53 pm | News | Comments

This 63X photo shows bovine pulmonary artery epithelial cells. 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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Caddisfly Nymph -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Caddisfly Nymph

October 29, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows detail of a Trichoptera nymph, or caddisfly. 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.

Edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4206 -- Courtesy of European Space Agency/Hubble & NASA, Acknowledgement: Nick Rose

Hubble Catches a Dusty Spiral in Virgo

October 28, 2014 11:52 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This magnificent new image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the edge-on spiral galaxy NGC 4206, located about 70 million light-years away from Earth in the constellation of Virgo. Captured here are vast streaks of dust, some of which are obscuring the central bulge, which can just be made out in the center of the galaxy.

Net-winged midge -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Net-winged Midge Larvae

October 27, 2014 3:23 pm | News | Comments

This 40X photo shows abdominal segments of net-winged midge larvae. 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.

The sun emitted a significant solar flare on October 19, 2014-- Courtesy of NASA/Solar Dynamics Observatory

Significant Solar Flare in Extreme Ultraviolet

October 24, 2014 3:35 pm | by NASA | News | Comments

The sun emitted a significant solar flare on October 19, 2014, peaking at 1:01 a.m. EDT. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, which is always observing the sun, captured this image of the event in extreme ultraviolet wavelength of 131 Angstroms — a wavelength that can see the intense heat of a flare and that is typically colorized in teal.

Composite Cross-cut -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Composite Cross-cut

October 23, 2014 9:42 am | News | Comments

This 50X photo shows cross-cut through an assembly of two dark-brown fiber-reinforced composite pieces, which are bonded together with gray adhesive and back-filled with a blue mass of composite material. 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 and darkfield.

Freshwater Flea -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Freshwater Flea Close-up

October 22, 2014 10:58 am | News | Comments

This 200X photo shows the freshwater flea Daphnia magna. 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 differential interference contrast and image stacking.

One Euro Coin -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: One Euro Coin

October 21, 2014 10:43 am | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows the surface details of a one euro coin. 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 reflection microscopy, Z-stacking and maximum intensity projection.

Hurricane Gonzalo -- Courtesy of Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA

Major Hurricane Gonzalo Approaches Bermuda

October 20, 2014 9:19 am | by NASA | News | Comments

This image of Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on October 16, 2014. In addition to the crew Earth observations from the space station, NASA and NOAA satellites provided continuous coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo as it moved toward Bermuda.

Milky Way Glitters Brightly -- Courtesy of ESO/B. Tafreshi

Milky Way Glitters Brightly over Chile

October 16, 2014 8:46 am | by Suzanne Tracy, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific Computing and HPC Source | News | Comments

The Milky Way glitters brightly over the Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array’s (ALMA) antennas, in this image taken by the ESO Ultra High Definition Expedition team as they capture the site in 4K quality. Currently under construction in the thin, dry air of northern Chile's Atacama desert at an altitude of 5,000 meters above sea level, ALMA will initially be composed of 66 high-precision antennas

Female Flower of a Madwort -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Female Flower of a Madwort

October 15, 2014 3:37 pm | News | Comments

This 10X photo shows the female flower of a madwort. 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 epi-illumination.

Quail Embryo -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Quail Embryo

October 14, 2014 4:34 pm | News | Comments

This 0.17X photo shows a quail embryo at embryonic day 13. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Haunting Image of Jack-O-Lantern Sun -- Courtesy of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO

NASA Captures Haunting Image of Jack-O-Lantern Sun

October 13, 2014 10:36 am | by Karen Fox (ASI), NASA | News | Comments

On October 8, 2014, active regions on the sun combined to look something like a jack-o-lantern’s face. This image is a blend of 171 and 193 angstrom light as captured by the Solar Dynamics Observatory. The active regions appear brighter, because those are areas that emit more light and energy — markers of an intense and complex set of magnetic fields hovering in the sun’s atmosphere, the corona.

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