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Star-shaped Algae -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Star-shaped Algae

September 26, 2014 9:36 am | News | Comments

This 40X photo shows the star-shaped algae Micrasterias radiosa. 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 Rogelio Moreno Gill.

Fat Tissue from a Mouse

September 23, 2014 9:53 am | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows mouse adipose tissue. It received an Image of Distinction designation in...

Leica Application Suite X Imaging and Analysis Platform for Life Sciences

September 19, 2014 4:02 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Leica Application Suite X (LAS X) imaging software for life sciences spans all widefield,...

Whirligig Beetle Swimming Leg

September 19, 2014 3:19 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo shows the swimming leg of a whirligig beetle (Gyrinus sp.). It received...

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Common Orange Lichen -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Common Orange Lichen

September 18, 2014 2:26 pm | News | Comments

This 4X photo shows a close-up of common orange lichen (Xanthoria parietina), a partnership between a fungus and a green alga. It received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope.

Tobacco Leaf Epidermal Cells -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Tobacco Leaf Epidermal Cells

September 15, 2014 3:10 pm | News | Comments

This 63X photo shows an expression of a fluorescently labeled protein in Tobacco leaf epidermal 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.

Teepee Canyon agate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Teepee Canyon Agate

September 9, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

This 25X photo of a polished slab of Teepee Canyon agate 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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This 600X photograph of a Drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) seminal vesicle received an Image of Distinction designation in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microsc

Male Drosophila Spiral Shaped Testis

September 9, 2014 8:45 am | News | Comments

This 150X photograph of male drosophila melanogaster (fruit fly) spiral shaped testis 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 created by Barbara Laurinyecz of University of Szeged, Department of Genetics, Szeged, Hungary.

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Leica Microsystems Offers Slide Scanning and Image Hosting for Education

August 27, 2014 2:40 pm | by Leica Microsystems | News | Comments

Leica Microsystems is offering a custom slide scanning and image hosting service for teachers, which makes it possible to share images within the classroom and to expand learning outside the classroom. Glass slides sent to a scanning center are processed to create high-resolution digital image files, which then can be accessed online from a hosted server via any standard Internet browser for study by students anytime, anywhere.

Crocus Pollen and Stigmate -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Close-up: Crocus Pollen and Stigmate

August 27, 2014 2:28 pm | News | Comments

This 400X photo of crocus pollen and stigmate 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 Frederic Labaune of Education Nationale in Auxonne, France, using episcopy and stacking.

Ph.D. students Giovanni Guccione (L) and Harry Slatyer examine their gold-coated silver gallium nanowire in the Quantum Optics labs. Courtesy of Quantum Optics Group, ANU

Laser Makes Atomic-force Microscopes 20 Times More Sensitive

August 26, 2014 4:12 pm | by Australian National University | News | Comments

Laser physicists have found a way to make atomic-force microscope probes 20 times more sensitive and capable of detecting forces as small as the weight of an individual virus. The technique, developed by researchers in the Quantum Optics Group of Australian National University’s Research School of Physics and Engineering, hinges on using laser beams to cool a nanowire probe to minus 265 degrees Celsius.

Mizapin -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

Mizapin Antidepressant Drug Crystals

August 25, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

This 160X photo of Mizapin antidepressant drug crystals 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 Robert Markus of Stockholm University using polarized light and differential interference contrast.

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DESY's 1.7 mile-long PETRA III accelerator is a super microscope that speeds up electrically charged particles nearly to the speed of light.

20 GB Data per Second Shared with 2000+ Scientists Worldwide

August 22, 2014 12:02 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM announced it is collaborating with DESY, a national research center in Germany, to speed up management and storage of massive volumes of x-ray data. The planned Big Data and Analytics architecture can handle more than 20 gigabyte per second of data at peak performance and help scientists worldwide gain faster insights into the atomic structure of novel semiconductors, catalysts, biological cells and other samples.

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 -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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 artificially induced to form cellulose patterns typical of xylem cells 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 Dr. Fernan Federici, David Benjamin and Jim Haseloff of the University of Cambridge

Battery Leakage Crystal -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Mr. Zhang Chao of theNational Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China, using polarized light.

Close-up: Catnip -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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 World Photomicrophotography Competition, which recognizes excellence in photography with the optical microscope. It was taken by Mr. Mark Bateman of Berrien Springs, MI, using darkfield and focus stacking.

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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

Dew on Spider Web -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

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.

Cracked and wrinkled photoresist -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

Soap Bubble Close-up -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

Diatom Close-up -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

Carnivorous Plant Leaf -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

Adult Mouse Foot -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

Gypsy Flower Seeds -- Courtesy of Nikon Small World

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.

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