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An Ant’s Eye -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

An Ant’s Eye

March 3, 2015 3:00 pm | News | Comments

This 20x photo of an ant eye received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Noah Fram-Schwartz of Greenwich, CT, using reflected light.

Close–up: Living Green Algae

March 2, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of living green algae in interference phase contrast received an honorable...

Sagittal Brain Slice Showing Cell Nuclei and Purkinije Cells

February 25, 2015 11:33 am | News | Comments

This 40x photo shows a sagittal brain slice with cell nuclei and Purkinije cells expressing EGFP...

Ant Carrying its Larva

February 23, 2015 12:10 pm | News | Comments

This 5x photo of an ant carrying its larva received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small...

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Conichalcite pseudomorph after azurite -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Mineral Close-up: Conichalcite Pseudomorph after Azurite

February 20, 2015 11:41 am | News | Comments

This 6x photo of a pseudomorph of conichalcite after azurite received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using transmitted light.

Rotifer showing mouth interior and heart-shaped corona -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

1st Place Winner: Rotifer Showing Mouth Interior and Heart-shaped Corona

February 17, 2015 3:30 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo of a rotifer shows the mouth interior and heart-shaped corona. It won 1st Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using differential interference contrast.

Active Fluid Flow around a Coral Polyp -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Active Fluid Flow around a Coral Polyp

February 12, 2015 12:56 pm | News | Comments

This 4x photo shows active fluid flow around a coral polyp (P. damicornis). It won 6th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using fluorescence and autofluorescence.

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Rotifer Actively Feeding -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

A Rotifer Actively Feeding

February 10, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

This 417x photo shows a rotifer (Conochilus unicornis) actively feeding — this rotifer species forms a free floating spherical colony. It won 13th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using differential interference contrast.

Three Transgenic Kidneys Cultured Together -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Three Transgenic Kidneys Cultured Together

February 5, 2015 3:46 pm | News | Comments

This 20x photo of three transgenic kidneys cultured together shows colliding, branching collecting duct systems. It won 16th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal microscopy.

Crawling Bone Cancer Cell -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Crawling Bone Cancer Cell

January 30, 2015 11:32 am | News | Comments

This 8,000x photo of a crawling bone cancer cell showing actin filament bundles in the lamella won 20th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using structured illumination microscopy.

Daisy Petal with Fungal Infection and Pollen Grains -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Daisy Petal with Fungal Infection and Pollen Grains

January 27, 2015 8:50 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo shows a daisy petal with fungal infection and pollen grains, whole mount, unstained. It won 10th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope and was taken using confocal autofluorescence.

Micro Algae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Micro Algae

January 22, 2015 2:08 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo of micro algae won 17th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Rogelio Moreno of Panama using polarized light and lambda plate.

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Venus’ south pole -- Courtesy of ESA/VIRTIS/INAF-IASF/Obs. de Paris-LESIA/Univ. Oxford

Venus Express Snaps Swirling Vortex

January 20, 2015 2:09 pm | by ESA | News | Comments

This ghostly puff of smoke is actually a mass of swirling gas and cloud at Venus’ south pole, as seen by the Visible and Infrared Thermal Imaging Spectrometer aboard ESA’s Venus Express spacecraft. Venus has a very choppy and fast-moving atmosphere — although wind speeds are sluggish at the surface, they reach dizzying speeds of around 400 km/h at the altitude of the cloud tops, some 70 km above the surface.

Mouse Brain Vasculature -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Mouse Brain Vasculature

January 16, 2015 2:14 pm | News | Comments

This 2x photo of mouse brain vasculature won 14th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using light-sheet fluorescent microscopy.

Jewel Beetle Carapace -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Jewel Beetle Carapace

January 15, 2015 9:08 am | News | Comments

This 45x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace near the eye. It won 15th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using diffused and reflected illumination.

DVD Reader Circuitry -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

DVD Reader Circuitry

January 14, 2015 11:21 am | News | Comments

This 100x photo shows the circuitry in a DVD reader. It won 7th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using cross-polarized microscopy.

Jumping Spider Eyes -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Jumping Spider Eyes

January 13, 2015 11:29 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo shows jumping spider eyes. It won 3rd Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Noah Fram-Schwartz of Greenwich, CT, using reflected light.

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Montana Dryhead Agate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Montana Dryhead Agate

January 12, 2015 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 50x photo shows an unpolished Montana Dryhead agate, found in southern Montana between the Big Horn and Pryor Mountain ranges and just to the west of the Big Horn River. It won 12th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using axial lighting provided by Leeds fiberoptic illuminators.

Scarlet Pimpernel Flower -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Scarlet Pimpernel Flower

January 9, 2015 11:52 am | News | Comments

This 80x photo shows a scarlet pimpernel flower. It won 18th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using macroscopy.

Parsley Ovary -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Parsley Ovary

January 8, 2015 2:30 pm | News | Comments

This 63x photo shows a parsley (Petroselinum crispum) ovary fixed and stained to reveal lectins (red) and nuclei (blue). It won 9th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken using confocal laser scanning microscopy.

A bundle of nerves that relays information from touch receptors on the skin to the spinal cord and ultimately the brain, imaged with the new technique. Courtesy of EMBL/L.Castaldi -- Click to enlarge

Unprecedentedly Detailed Image of Mouse Neurons

January 7, 2015 12:48 pm | by European Molecular Biology Laboratory | News | Comments

Scientists can now explore nerves in mice in much greater detail than ever before, thanks to an approach developed by scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory. The work enables researchers to easily use artificial tags, broadening the range of what they can study and vastly increasing image resolution.

Common Brine Shrimp Appendages -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Common Brine Shrimp Appendages

January 5, 2015 12:47 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of the appendages of a common brine shrimp won 8th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It taken using confocal microscopy.

Close-up: Acorn Worm Larvae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Acorn Worm Larvae

January 2, 2015 2:24 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of the larval stage of the acorn worm Balanoglossus misakiensis, dorsal view, shows cell borders, muscles and apical eye spots. It won 19th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope, and was taken by Dr. Sabrina Kaul of theUniversity of Vienna, Austria, using confocal microscopy.

House cricket's tongue -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

House Cricket's Tongue

December 24, 2014 11:36 am | News | Comments

This 25x photo of a house cricket's tongue won 11th Placein the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Stefano Barone of Cremona, Italy, using Rheinberg illumination.

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

Bovine Pulmonary Artery Endothelial Cells

December 22, 2014 3:53 pm | News | Comments

This photo of bovine pulmonary artery endothelial cells stained for actin (pink), mitochondria (green) and DNA (yellow) won 5th Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using super resolution microscopy.

Rhombohedral cleavage in calcite crystal -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Rhombohedral Cleavage in Calcite Crystal

December 22, 2014 1:53 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of rhombohedral cleavage in calcite crystal, occurs parallel to the carbonate mineral’s crystal faces, won 2nd Place in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using crossed polars.

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 2014 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 -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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 in sponges and can frequently be found in the sand from Raja Ampat, Indonesia. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Geranium Seed -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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 designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken using a darkfield technique.

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