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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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Illustration of the concept of Baryonic Acoustic Oscillations. Courtesy of Chris Blake & Sam Moorfield

Real Data used for First Time to Measure Cosmos

December 15, 2014 4:21 pm | by Francesca Davenport, Imperial College London | News | Comments

For the first time, researchers have measured large distances in the Universe using data, rather than calculations related to general relativity. The team used data from astronomical surveys to measure a standard distance that is central to our understanding of the expansion of the universe. Previously the size of this standard ruler has only been predicted from theoretical models that rely on general relativity to explain gravity.

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.

EPFL scientists have picked up an atypical photon emission in X-rays coming from space, and say it could be evidence for the existence of a particle of dark matter.

Atypical Photon Emission a Possible Signal from Dark Matter

December 12, 2014 5:40 pm | by Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

Could there finally be tangible evidence for the existence of dark matter in the Universe? After sifting through reams of X-ray data, scientists at EPFL and Leiden University believe they could have identified the signal of a particle of dark matter. This substance, which up to now has been purely hypothetical, is run by none of the standard models of physics other than through the gravitational force. 

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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.

Researchers will track the lives of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) in unprecedented detail in OPTIMISE — a project to improve the evaluation of treatments.

Big Data Project Captures Multiple Sclerosis Patient Experience

December 11, 2014 3:43 pm | by Francesca Davenport, Imperial College London | News | Comments

MS affects more than two million people worldwide. Symptoms are different for everyone but commonly include fatigue, tingling, speech problems and difficulties with walking and balance. To gain a better understanding of MS and its treatments, there is a need for a system to collect comprehensive data that provides an in-depth picture of the experiences of MS patients across a large population.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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In the cat and mouse game, a Pac-Man-shaped cat must eat scurrying mice (disks) that have lines oriented in the same way as the cat.

Pac-Man Replaces Patch: Video Games Help Improve Lazy Eye, Depth Perception

November 21, 2014 5:11 pm | by Emily Caldwell, Ohio State University | News | Comments

Scientists have created video games that add an important element of fun to the repetitive training needed to improve vision in people — including adults — with a lazy eye and poor depth perception. The training tools, including a Pac-Man-style “cat and mouse” game and a “search for oddball” game, have produced results in pilot testing: Weak-eye vision improved to 20/20 and 20/50 in two adult research participants.

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.

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.

Steve Conway is Research VP, HPC at IDC.

Small and Medium Enterprises Enter the Limelight

November 14, 2014 11:43 am | by Steve Conway | Articles | Comments

A decade of close scrutiny has shed much more light on the technical computing needs of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), but they are still shrouded in partial darkness. That’s hardly surprising for a diverse global group with millions of members ranging from automotive suppliers and shotgun genomics labs to corner newsstands and strip mall nail salons.

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.

Specific bits of a digital image file that have been replaced with the bits of a secret steganographic payload permit a covert agent to post top-secret documents on their Facebook wall by simply uploading what appear to be cute images of kittens on any ty

Leading the Eyewitness: Digital Image Forensics in a Megapixel World

November 12, 2014 3:42 pm | by William Weaver, Ph.D. | Articles | Comments

Current research in the area of digital image forensics is developing better ways to convert image files into frequencies, such as using wavelet transforms in addition to more traditional cosine transforms and more sensitive methods for determining if each area of an image belongs to the whole.

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

This artist's concept shows the Comet Siding Spring approaching Mars with NASA’s orbiters preparing to make science observations of this unique encounter. A pristine distant comet created a once-in-eight-million-year fireworks show on Mars and no humans w

Comet Creates Once-in-8-million-year Fireworks Show above Mars

November 10, 2014 12:37 pm | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

A pristine distant comet created a once-in-8-million-year fireworks show above Mars last month. But no one got to see it live. New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of comet dust bombarded the Martian sky with thousands of fireballs an hour. It warped the Martian atmosphere leaving all sorts of metals and an eerie yellow afterglow.

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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