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Written By: grant on January 29, 2015 No Comment

Can’t beat NBC’s headline for this: Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science:

Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) provide incredibly detailed images of biological specimens, but the instruments have not been able to image living organisms because of the powerful vacuum environment required.

But now, a team of researchers has developed a way to image mosquitoes and other […]

Written By: grant on June 1, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Compound flower with pollen no scale bar</i>, by Philippa Uwins

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Here, have a flower.

Up close. Colored in photoshop.

Found in the Wikimedia Commons.

Written By: grant on March 9, 2014 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Surface of a Western honeybee’s eye</i>, by Janice Carr and Connie Flowers.

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Gaze into the eye of the bee, and the colony gazes into you. This is not honeycomb, but the individual components (ommatidia) of a bee’s compound eye.

Full credit here is by Janice Carr (photo credit) and Connie Flowers, Pamela Munn (content provider), found on Asknature.org.

Written By: grant on November 9, 2012 No Comment

Nikon (through Wired) presents some of the most amazing windows onto the microscopic world ever seen:

Super-close-ups of garlic, snail fossils, stinging nettle, bat embryos, bone cancer and a ladybug are among the top images this year. The first place winner (above) shows the blood-brain barrier in a living zebrafish embryo, which Nikon believes […]

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Written By: grant on September 30, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Tardigrade</i>

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Is it cute?

It’s a tardigrade, also known as a water bear. That’s a cute name. And they’re tiny, too, which is part of cuteness, usually. Less than a millimeter long.

But they’re also durable. You can zap them with gamma rays like the Hulk or send them through space […]

Written By: grant on June 17, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Mysis2kils: Mysis Zooplankton</i> by Uwe Kils.

Dark field microscopy is the art of using indirect light to illuminate specimens under your microscope lens; because the light is indirect, it doesn’t shine into the microscope, and the specimen appears to be floating brilliantly against a night-black background.

Image via Wikimedia Commons, on which Uwe Kils has quite a few […]

Written By: grant on April 1, 2012 No Comment
Science Art: <i>A red blood cell in a capillary, pancreatic tissue – TEM</i>, by Louisa Howard

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Happy blood. April fool blood. Pancreas blood. Turning sweetness to pep blood. Smiling blood.

Very, very enlarged blood.

Image from Wikimedia Commons.

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Written By: grant b on November 13, 2011 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Rust Mite,</i> Aceria anthocoptes, by Erbe, Pooley: USDA, ARS, EMU.

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This is a bug that, like Eeyore, eats thistles. Some call them “free living.” Others call them vagrants. Technically, I mean.


Written By: grant b on August 21, 2011 No Comment
Science Art: <i>Misc Pollen</i>, by Dartmouth Electron Microscope Facility.

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A bouquet of flowers, and one of the deadliest poisons known to humankind.

From the image’s Wikimedia Commons page:

Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower (Helianthus annuus), morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea), hollyhock (Sildalcea malviflora), lily (Lilium auratum), primrose (Oenothera fruticosa) and castor bean (Ricinus communis).

Hollyhocks and morning glories are […]

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