11 Unbelievable Microscopic Images!!

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11 Unbelievable Microscopic Images From Nikon’s 2012 Small World Competition

Every year, Nikon’s Small World contest rounds up the best in microscopic images, taken by scientists and artists alike. Here are our 11 favorites from this year.

Ants (Image: Geir Drange, Borgen, Norway. Magnified: 2.5x)


Woolflower (Image: Christina Zimmerman, Oakland, California. Magnified: 4x)


Garlic [1]


Butterfly eggs (Image: David Millard, Austin, Texas. Magnified: 6x)


House Spider (Image: Harold Taylor, Kensworth, Dunstable, UK. Magnified: 30x)


Zebra Fish Embryo [2]


Drosophilia larva gut [3]


Fruitfly Larva (Image: Dr. Andrew Woolley, Purdue University. West Lafayette, Indiana)


The Mineral Cacoxenite [4]


Embryonic Mouse Limb [5]


Fruit Fly Retina [6]



[1] Image: Dr. Somayeh Naghiloo, University of Tabriz , Department of Plant Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Tabriz, Iran

[2] Image: Dr. Jennifer Peters & Dr. Michael Taylor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Memphis, Tennessee, Magnified 20x

[3] Image: Jessica Von Stetina, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Cambridge, Massachusetts. Magnified: 25x

[4] Image:  Honorio Cócera, University of Valencia. Valencia, Spain. Magnified: 18x

[5] Image: A. Kelsey Lewis, University of Utah, Department of Human Genetics. Salt Lake City, Utah. Magnified: 10x.

[6] Image: Dr. W. Ryan Williamson, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI). Ashburn, Virginia.

2 comments on “11 Unbelievable Microscopic Images!!

  1. renxkyoko says:

    Oh, gosh ! * covers eyes* these are worst than photos of the macabre.

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