Witness The Marvellous Beauty Of Life Captured Under A Microscope

Since the year 1974, the Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition has helped to highlight the inner artists in scientists, researchers, and doctors. A whole new world was opened up to the public as they used their skills and creativity combined to capture life. It is safe to say that this year’s contest was as thrilling. The winners were a group of scientists from the National Institute of Health.

Dorsal view of a juvenile zebrafish. 

Daniel Castranova, who was assisted by Bakary Samasa along with Dr. Brant Weinstein happened to capture the winning image. It was of a young zebrafish.

Lateral view of Leaf roller weevil (Byctiscus betulae)

“The image is beautiful, but also shows how powerful the zebrafish can be as a model for the development of lymphatic vessels,” Castranova said, “Until now, we thought this type of lymphatic system associated with the nervous system only occurred in mammals. By studying them, the scientific community can expedite a range of research and clinical innovations–everything from drug trials to cancer treatments. This is because fish are so much easier to raise and image than mammals.”

Life under a microscope is so colorful and beautiful.

Hebe plant anther with pollen. 
Human hair with 20X magnification.
Bogong moth.
Formulation of crystals after heating an ethanol and water solution containing L-glutamine and beta-alanine. 
Nylon stockings.
Daphnia magna (Phyllopoda).
Ventral view of a water boatman.
Tongue (radula) of a freshwater snail.
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Red algae. 
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An Atlas moth’s wing.
Skeleton of a short-tailed fruit bat embryo (Carollia perspicillata). 
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Embryonic development of a clownfish (Amphiprion percula) on days 1, 3, 5, and 9.
Microtubules (orange) inside a cell 63X.
Connections between hippocampal neurons (brain cells).
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Silica cell wall of the marine diatom Arachnoidiscus.
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Chameleon embryo (autofluorescence).

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There were over 2,000 pictures that were entered into this year’s competition and you just took a look at the top photographs. Head over to Nikon Small World website to see when this year’s winners will be released. Life under this microscopic world is a real marvel.

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