Wednesday, December 19, 2012

It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

This is my favorite time of year (November-December), and so in keeping with the magic of the holiday season, it seems appropriate to show some of the most 'magical' images of the microscopic world!

Confocal image of Polypodium Virginianum spore filled sporangia and paraphyses (specialized protective hairs). 2012 Olympus Bioscapes International Digital Imaging Competition. Image credit: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus

"Brainbow": cerebral cortex of mouse brain. Individual neurons express different colors to permit researchers to distinguish between and follow the path of each neuron. Image Credit: Mr. Pierre Mahou, Dr. Emmanuel Beaurepaire, Dr. Karine Loulier. Laboratory of Optics and Biosciences(Mahou, Beaurepaire) Institut de la Vision (Loulier)

Pollen in hazel catkin section. 2012 Olympus Bioscapes International Digital Imaging Competition. Image credit: Mr. Michael Gibson, Northampton, UK


Beech cross section. 1994 Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition. Image credit: Jean Ruegger- Deschenaux, Zurich, Switzerland


And finally...happy holidays, everyone!
Collage of stained mammalian cells, Nikon Small World 2011 Photomicrography Competition. Image credit: Dr. Donna Stolz, University of Pittsburgh

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