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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...

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...

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...

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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.

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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.

Explosive Dynamics: Sugar Transport in Fat Cells

March 13, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

This image of the explosive dynamics of sugar transport in fat cells won 20th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. James Burchfield ofThe Garvan Institute in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, using live cell total internal reflection fluorescence.

Filamentous Tip Fungus Cells

March 11, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

This 630x image of filamentous tip fungus cells won 15th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Christian Q. Scheckhuber of Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany, using fluorescence.

Peripheral Nerves in a Mouse Embryo

March 6, 2014 12:45 pm | News | Comments

This 5x image of peripheral nerves in an E11.5 mouse embryo won 14th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Zhong Hua of the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, MD, using confocal microscopy.

Close-up: Nerve and Muscle

March 4, 2014 12:20 pm | News | Comments

This 40x image of a nerve and muscle thin section won 19th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. David Ward of dgward.com in Oakdale, CA, using brightfield and image stacking techniques.

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Sheet Weaver Spider with Parasitic Wasp Larva

February 28, 2014 12:15 pm | News | Comments

This 5x image of a sheet weaver spider (Pityohyphantes phrygianus) with a parasitic wasp larva on its abdomen won 16th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition and was taken by Mr. Geir Drange of Asker, Norway, using reflected light and focus stacking.

Mouse Vertebra Section

February 26, 2014 11:18 am | News | Comments

This 200x image of a mouse vertebra section won 13th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Michael Paul Nelson and Samantha Smith of theDepartment of Pathology/Neuropathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham using focus stacking.

Silicon Dioxide after Exposure to Solvents

February 24, 2014 9:13 am | News | Comments

This 200x image shows a polymethyl glutarimide (PMGI) polymer — silicon dioxide on polydimethylglutarimide-based resist — that grew wrinkled after exposure to solvents. It won 12th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition

Close-up: Ghost Shrimp Eye

February 20, 2014 12:17 pm | News | Comments

This 140x image of a ghost shrimp eye won 11th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Miss Vitoria Tobias Santos of the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rodrigo Evo Devo Group, using stereomicroscopy.

Dinosaur Bone Preserved in Clear Agate

February 12, 2014 4:27 pm | News | Comments

This 10x image of a thin section of a dinosaur bone preserved in clear agate won 10th place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Ted Kinsman of Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, using focus stacking.

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Close-up: Insect Wrapped in Spider Web

February 12, 2014 12:02 pm | News | Comments

This 85x image of an insect wrapped in a spider web won ninth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Mark A. Sanders of the University of Minnesota using confocal, autofluorescence, and image stacking techniques.

Leafy Liverwort Plant with Cyanobacteria

February 7, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

This 50x image of a leafy liverwort, bryophyte plant (Barbilophozia sp.) and cyanobacteria won eighth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Ms. Magdalena Turzańska using epi-autofluorescence under UV light, z-stack reconstruction.

Close-up: Ladybird Beetle Leg Adhesive Pad

February 4, 2014 2:06 pm | News | Comments

This 20x image of an adhesive pad on a foreleg of aladybird beetle Coccinella septempunctata) won seventh place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Jan Michels using confocal microscopy and autofluorescence.

Veiled Chameleon Embryo

January 30, 2014 2:00 pm | News | Comments

This image of a veiled chameleon embryo showing cartilage and bone won sixth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Miss Dorit Hockman of the University of Cambridge using a brightfield technique.

The Brain’s Hippocampal Neuron

January 24, 2014 2:11 pm | News | Comments

This 63x image of a hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts won fifth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Kieran Boyle of the University of Glasgow, Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology in Glasgow, Scotland, UK, using fluorescence and confocal microscopy.

3-D Imaging Provides Window into Living Cells, No Dye Required

January 22, 2014 10:51 am | by Liz Ahlberg, University of Illinois | News | Comments

Living cells are ready for their close-ups, thanks to a new imaging technique that needs no dyes or other chemicals, yet renders high-resolution, three-dimensional, quantitative imagery of cells and their internal structures — all with conventional microscopes and white light.

Protozoan Paramecium

January 20, 2014 2:16 pm | News | Comments

This 40x image of a protozoan paramecium (Paramecium sp.) shows the organism’s nucleus, mouth and water expulsion vacuoles. It won fourth place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, and was taken by Mr. Rogelio Moreno Gill

Close-up: Marine Worm

January 17, 2014 12:05 pm | News | Comments

This 20x image of a marine worm won third place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Alvaro Esteves Migotto of the Universidade de São Paulo, Centro de Biologia Marinha using stereomicroscopy and darkfield imaging.

Retina of a Painted Turtle

January 14, 2014 2:59 pm | News | Comments

This 400x image of the retina of a painted turtle (Chrysemys picta) won second place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Dr. Joseph Corbo of Washington University School of Medicine using differential interference contrast.

Close Up: Marine Diatom

January 14, 2014 10:12 am | News | Comments

This 250x image of a marine diatom (Chaetoceros debilis), which is a colonial plankton organism, won first place in the 2013 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition. It was taken by Mr. Wim van Egmond of the Micropolitan Museum using differential interference contrast and image stacking

Diatom Cell Wall

January 10, 2014 9:20 am | News | Comments

This 200x image shows the frustule, or cell wall, of a Cymbella diatom. Honored as an Image of Distinction in the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, it was taken by Piotr Rotkiewicz ofpirx.com using differential interference contrast.

Brain Coral Showing Skeleton Cups

January 7, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

This 25x image of brain coral (Goniastrea sp.) shows the almost transparent tissue covering the hard skeleton “cups” of each polyp. Honored as an Image of Distinction in the 2012 Nikon Small World Photomicrophotography Competition, it was taken using brightfield microscopy.

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