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Fly (Nikonphotomicrography)

Finalists of Nikon Small World the Microphotography Competition — The best photographs of the year taken with the help of a light microscope.

maple samara in flight Maple samaras fly with one wing In late April, the ground becomes littered with samaras, the winged seeds of maple trees. With the right wind, the single-winged "whirlybirds" can carry the tree's embryos more than a mile.

Maple samara in flight. Maple samaras fly with one wing In late April, the ground becomes littered with samaras, the winged seeds of maple trees. With the right wind, the single-winged "whirlybirds" can carry the tree's embryos more than a mile.

Tortula papillosa (moss)

This photograph of Tortula papillosa moss magnified 20 times was awarded an Image of Distinction. It was taken by Christian Gautier of the Biosphoto Agency in Le Mans, France.

An image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, commonly known as thale cress. Stefan Eberhard.

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Scanning electron micrograph of part of a thale cress flower, showing the male and female reproductive organs. The female part of the flower, the pistil (the blue feathery structure on an olive green.

CT scan of an abdominal aortic aneurysm which developed between the renal arteries and the common iliac arteries.

☤ MD ☞☆☆☆ CT scan of an abdominal aortic aneurysm which developed between the renal arteries and the common iliac arteries.

Curvepod fumewort seed

The most incredible microscope images of 2016 reveal a beautiful, hidden universe

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The eye of the common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum) has a uniform, crystal-like structure, imaged here using two overlapping confocal image stacks. | The Scientist Magazine®

a series of confocal microscope images shows the regular, crystal-like architecture of the eye of a common blue damselfly (Enallagma cyathigerum), an active visual predator and a swift flyer.

WOW! Green eyes. A macro shot of a bug's eye. #YourEyes

WOW! Green eyes. A macro shot of a bug's eye. #YourEyes

Patterns in nature by annkelliott, via Flickr Inflorescence of a plant from the  Cyclanthaceae

Patterns in nature by annkelliott, Inflorescence of a plant from the Cyclanthaceae

MICROSCOPIC HAIRS IN INNER EAR:  Inner ear help divers (like the one in today's pic) know their up down orientation in water.  Sounds under water are magnified. When we hear sounds (whether under water or above) microscopic hairs in our inner ears vibrate.

MICROSCOPIC HAIRS IN INNER EAR: Inner ear help divers know their up down orientation in water. Sounds under water are magnified. When we hear sounds (whether under water or above) microscopic hairs in our inner ears vibrate.

In diatoms, the holes collectively take on the role of a sieve, a two-way filtration mechanism across which water and nutrient molecules permeate the cell. The holes can range from several micrometres down to 100 nanometres in diameter. Arachnoidiscus

Things that Quicken the Heart: Circles - Mandalas - Radial Symmetry VI / Sacred Geometry

A very complex, strange diatom. By Steve Gschmeissner. Possibly a Triceratium Morlandii

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of diatoms. Diatoms are a major group of algae, and are among the most common types of phytoplankton.

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