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Techniques known as dimensionality reduction can help find patterns in the recorded activity of thousands of neurons. Rather than look at all responses at once, these methods find a smaller set of dimensions — in this case three — that capture as much str

New Platform Enables Large-Scale Neuroscience

July 28, 2014 2:23 pm | by Howard Hughes Medical Institute | News | Comments

In an age of “big data,” a single computer cannot always find the solution a user wants. Computational tasks must instead be distributed across a cluster of computers that analyze a massive data set together. It's how Facebook and Google mine your Web history to present you with targeted ads, and how Amazon and Netflix recommend your next favorite book or movie. But big data is about more than just marketing.

Thale Cress Leaf Cells

June 13, 2014 1:55 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo of the epidermal cells of a Thale Cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) leaf...

Battery Leakage Crystal

June 12, 2014 3:29 pm | News | Comments

This 25x photo of battery leakage crystal received an Image of Distinction designation in the...

Close-up: Catnip

June 10, 2014 1:55 pm | News | Comments

This 40x photo of catnip received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small...

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Bacteria Growth -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Bacteria Growth: Separate Forms and Nodules

June 6, 2014 12:30 pm | News | Comments

This 20x photo of separate forms and nodules of bacteria growth 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 Mr. Neil James Egan ofPPG Industries, Electro-coat Quality Assurance in Cleveland, OH, using stereomicroscopy

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Dew on Spider Web

June 4, 2014 3:22 pm | News | Comments

This 5x photo of dew on a spider web 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 Mr. Massimo Brizzi of Microcosmo Italia in Empoli, Firenze, Italy.

Citric and Tartaric Acids -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Citric and Tartaric Acids

May 30, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

This 60x photo of citric and tartaric acids 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 Mr. Harald K. Andersen of Lier Fotoklubb in Steinberg, Buskerud, Norway, using polarized light.

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Expedition 39 Soyuz Rollout -- Courtesy of NASA/Bill Ingalls

Expedition 39 Soyuz Rollout

May 29, 2014 9:41 am | by NASA | News | Comments

The sun rises behind the Soyuz launch pad shortly before the Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, March, 23, 2014. Launch of the Soyuz rocket sent Expedition 39 Soyuz Commander Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Roscosmos, Flight Engineer Steven Swanson of NASA, and Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev of Roscosmos on a six-month mission aboard ISS.

Fruit of a Beak-sedge Plant -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Fruit of a Beak-sedge Plant

May 28, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

This 50x photo of the fruit, or achene, of a beak-sedge plant 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 Mr. Dave Almquist of Tallahassee, FL, using stereomicroscopy.

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Cracked and Wrinkled Photoresist Coating

May 27, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

This 200x photo of cracked and wrinkled photoresist — a light-sensitive material used in industrial processes, such as photoengraving and photolithography, to form a patterned coating on a surface — 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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Close-up: Soap Bubble

May 21, 2014 1:41 pm | News | Comments

This 10x photo of a soap bubble 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 Mr. Haris Antonopoulos of Athens, Greece, using polarized light.

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Close-up: Diatom

May 16, 2014 11:10 am | News | Comments

This 400x photo of a diatom (Navicula variolata) 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 Mr. Arturo Agostino ofReggio Calabria, Italy, using a darkfield technique.

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Close-up: Carnivorous Plant Leaf

May 13, 2014 11:06 am | News | Comments

This 10x photo of the glands in a carnivorous plant leaf (Drosera capensis) received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

The NIST focused lithium ion beam microscope traps and cools a gas of lithium atoms to just a few millionths of a degree above absolute zero (MOT section.) Another laser ionizes the atoms and then electric fields accelerate them, straightening out their

New Microscope Sees What Others Can’t

May 9, 2014 2:54 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) | News | Comments

Microscopes don't exactly lie, but their limitations affect the truths they can tell. For example, scanning electron microscopes (SEMs) simply can't see materials that don't conduct electricity very well, and their high energies can actually damage some types of samples.

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Adult Mouse Foot Blood Vessels, Immune Cells, Soft Tissues

May 9, 2014 12:31 pm | News | Comments

This 100x image of an adult mouse foot showing blood vessels, immune cells and soft tissues received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Andrew J. Woolley, Himanshi Desai and Kevin Otto of Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, using confocal microscopy.

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Close-up: Gypsy Flower Seeds

May 6, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

This 3x image of gypsy flower seeds (Cynoglossum officinale) received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Csaba Pintér of Keszthely, Zala, Hungary, using focus stacking.

Sulfosalicylic Acid Crystals -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Sulfosalicylic Acid Crystals

May 2, 2014 9:08 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a crystal formation of sulfosalicylic acid, a chemical used in medicine, received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Thomas Balla of Fort Collins, CO, using polarized light.

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Flat Bark Beetle with Phoretic Mites

April 29, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

This 10x image shows part of the head and prothorax of a flat bark beetle with phoretic mites. It received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, and was taken by Mr. Nikola Rahme of Budapest, Hungary, using reflected light.

By successively adding small amounts of fluid to the droplet, we discovered that we can reach a magnifying power of up to 160 times with an imaging resolution of four micrometers. Photo courtesy of Stuart Hay, Australian National University

Your Smart Phone could be a High-Resolution Microscope

April 28, 2014 11:01 am | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Australian scientists have invented a simple and cheap way of making a high-powered lens that can transform a smart phone into a high-resolution microscope. Costing less than a cent, the lenses promise a revolution in science and medicine in developing countries and remote areas.

Crystallized Purple Food Dye -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Crystallized Purple Food Dye

April 23, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

This 640x image of crystallized purple food dye received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Waldo Nell of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, using a darkfield technique.

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Close-up: Mouse Small Intestine

April 18, 2014 9:21 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a small intestinal section from a mouse expressing GFP-tagged non-muscle myosin II received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. t was taken with large format image stitch using swept-field confocal fluorescence microscopy.

Embryo of Mature Tale Cress Plant

April 14, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

An embryo sac of mature thale cress, a small flowering plant native to Eurasia, showing the central cell F-actin, the egg cell nucleus and the synergid cells. This 60x image received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Tomokazu Kawashima, of Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in Singapore, using confocal microscopy and image stacking.

Old World Monkey Kidney Cell

April 10, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

This 100x image shows detail of the microtubules and nucleus in a COS-7 old world monkey kidney, SV40 transformed cultured cell. It received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition and was taken by Dr. Mariela Loschi of Buenos Aires, Argentina, using confocal microscopy.

Pirate Spider Egg Sack

April 8, 2014 9:00 am | News | Comments

This 5x image of the egg sack of a pirate spider (Ero sp.) received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Geir Drange of Asker, Norway using reflected light and focus stacking.

Radula of Common Whelk

April 4, 2014 1:26 pm | News | Comments

This 200x image of the radula (rasping organ) of the mollusc Buccinum undatum (common whelk) received an honorable mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. David Maitland of Feltwell, Norfolk, UK, using differential interference contrast.

Peanut Worm Larva

March 27, 2014 8:16 am | News | Comments

This image of a pelagosphera larva of Nephasoma pellucidum (peanut worm) after four days of development won an Honorable Mention in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. The 40x confocal image was submitted by Dr. Michael J. Boyle of the Smithsonian Institution at Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce, Fla.

New Microscopy Technique Captures 3-D Cell Images Flowing through Microfluidic Channel

March 21, 2014 12:47 pm | by Anne Trafton, MIT | News | Comments

In 2007, MIT scientists developed a type of microscopy that allowed them to detail the interior of a living cell in three dimensions, without adding any fluorescent markers or other labels. This technique also revealed key properties, such as the cells’ density.

Neurons and Dendrites in the Mouse Brain

March 19, 2014 4:22 pm | News | Comments

This 40x image of pyramidal neurons and their dendrites visualized in the visual cortex of a mouse brain won 17th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Alexandre William Moreau of the Institute of Neurology, University College London.

Close-up: Ringed Worm Larva

March 18, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

This 100x image of a ringed worm larva won 18th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Christian Sardet of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Villefranche-sur-Mer, France, using a darkfield technique.

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