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Live Human Mesothelial Cell -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Live Human Mesothelial Cell

June 30, 2015 12:33 pm | News | Comments

This 600X image shows a live cultured human mesothelial cell activated to produce hyaluronan. It 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 confocal microscopy.

Live Zebrafish Embryo

June 26, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The image shows an entire live zebrafish embryo at 22 hours post-fertilization and single-cell...

Wandering Jew Leaf Stomata

June 25, 2015 8:20 am | News | Comments

This 40x image of wandering jew leaf stomata — pores found in the epidermis that control gas...

How Owls could help make Computer Fans Quieter

June 20, 2015 9:46 am | by University of Cambridge | News | Comments

A newly-designed material, which mimics the wing structure of owls, could help make wind...

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Close-up: Water Flea -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Close-up: Water Flea

June 19, 2015 11:37 am | News | Comments

This 20x image of a water flea 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 a darkfield technique.

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Cat’s Lip Cross Section

June 18, 2015 2:21 pm | News | Comments

This 6.25x image is an antique slide featuring cat lip section, showing capillary bed of hairs, whiskers and musculature. 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 transmitted light with partially crossed polars and a retarder.

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Escherichia Coli Colonies

June 12, 2015 4:41 pm | by CDC | News | Comments

These are colonies of Escherichia coli bacteria grown on a Hektoen enteric (HE) agar plate medium; colonies of E. coli grown on HE agar display a raised morphology, and are yellow to orange-yellow in coloration.

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Jewel Beetle Carapace -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlargeThis 450x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace, near the eye. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Sma

Jewel Beetle Carapace

June 11, 2015 4:13 pm | News | Comments

This 450x photo shows a jewel beetle (Chrysochroa buqueti) carapace, near the eye. 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 diffused, reflected illumination.

This 20x photo shows chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photo

Symbiotic Algae Living inside the Cells of a Sea Anemone

June 11, 2015 8:50 am | News | Comments

This 20x photo shows chlorophyll fluorescence of the symbiotic zooxanthellae (dinoflagellate algae of the genus Symbiodinium) living inside the cells of a sea anemone (Aiptasia pallida). It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Fusion of Melted Nylon and Polyester Fibers -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Fusion of Melted Nylon and Polyester Fibers

June 10, 2015 11:16 am | News | Comments

This 400x photo shows the fusion of melted nylon and polyester fibers, recovered from the hood of a vehicle that was in a motor vehicle versus pedestrian collision. It received an honorable mention in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Nature’s Kaleidoscope: Beach Oak Twig with Scale Leaves -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Nature’s Kaleidoscope: Beach Oak Twig with Scale Leaves

June 5, 2015 3:39 pm | News | Comments

This 125x photo shows a transverse section of beach oak (Casuarina equisetifolia) twigs with scale leaves. 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 brightfield and image stacking techniques.

Paramecium division -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlarge

Paramecium Division

June 3, 2015 9:52 am | News | Comments

This 250x photo of paramecium division 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 differential interference contrast.

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Close-up: Diatoms

May 29, 2015 2:33 pm | News | Comments

This 100x photo of diatoms 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 darkfield, polarized light and Rheinberg illumination.

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 -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World -- 2014 Nikon Small World Honorable Mention -- Click to enlargeThis 10x photo shows a ventral view of the head of the twisted-wing parasite Myrmecolax sp. It received an honorable mention in

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. 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 reflected light and focus stacking.

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 in the 2014 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. The photograph was taken using reflected light and focus stacking.

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.

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BigNeuron, a new project led by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, aims to streamline scientist’s ability to create 3-D digital models of neurons. Courtesy of Allen Institute for Brain Science

Digitizing Neurons: Project will convert 2-D Microscope Images into 3-D Models

May 14, 2015 9:46 am | by Oak Ridge National Laboratory | News | Comments

A new initiative designed to advance how scientists digitally reconstruct and analyze individual neurons in the human brain will receive support from the supercomputing resources at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Led by the Allen Institute for Brain Science, the BigNeuron project aims to create a common platform for analyzing the three-dimensional structure of neurons.

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.

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.

See Flower Cells in 3-D — No Electron Microscopy Required

May 1, 2015 9:17 am | by Botanical Society of America | News | Comments

Scientists require high-resolution imaging of plant cells to study everything from fungal infections to reproduction in maize. These images are captured with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), where an electron microscope focuses beams of electrons to increase magnification of objects. SEM is a common technique for all fields of science.

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.

The mesmerizing first-place video demonstrates the development of the zebrafish lateral line, a sensory organ analogous to the inner ear of humans that, in fish, senses movements in the surrounding water.

Time-Lapse Video of Zebrafish "Inner Ear" Development Wins 1st Place in Nikon Small World in Motion Competition

April 30, 2015 10:25 am | by Nikon | News | Comments

Nikon Instruments has announced the winners of the fourth annual Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition. First place for the 2014 competition is awarded to Dr. Mariana Muzzopappa and Jim Swoger for their stunning capture of the development of a zebrafish lateral line — a process that could provide insight into curing deafness in humans.

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.

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.

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