Front foot of a male diving beetle - Nikon Awards for microscopic photography

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

Microscopic photography of insects by Igor Siwanowicz, made with confocal laser scanning microscopy. They show damselflies’ and spiders’ eyes and rhinoceros beetles.  (source submitted by alex-musings)

Jumping spider’s eyes, confocal scanning laser microscope image. Jumping spider’s eyes, confocal scanning laser microscope image.

Magnified Nature - microscopic mushroom with complex natural structures; organic…

Magnified Nature - microscopic mushroom with complex natural structures; organic… +net &plastic soda can cover

Cross-section of plant roots. Beautiful nature. Microscopic Photography. Science as art.

Longitudinal section of a Pistia root with lateral root primordia. Prepared slide from Triarch, observed through the objective of an Olympus microscope.

Vodka and tonic under a microscope. Now wonder I feel so happy when I drink them...

Alcohol Is Microscopically Beautiful

"Vodka Tonic" by Lester Hutt – Alcoholic drinks under a microscope: Just like images of snowflakes, each drink is different – What you can see in the magnified pictures are the crystallized carbohydrates that have become sugars and glucose.

A unique close-up image of a living human brain has won the Wellcome Prize for microscope photography after it was taken during a surgical procedure to treat a patient with epilepsy.    Taken by Robert Ludlow of UCL's Institute of Neurology, the image is a rare shot of a living brain - a view normally only seen by neurosurgeons, showing veins, arteries and grey matter flushed pink with blood.

The not so grey matter: Incredible close-up shot of living human brain wins microscope photography competition

The photo was taken Robert Ludlow - of the Institute of Neurology at the University of Central London - while operating a patient to treat his epilepsy. It won the Wellcome Image Award two years ago.

Recrystallized lysine, magnified 100 times. From Nikolai N. Vsevolodov, George Mason University, Kensington, Maryland, USA

2005 Small World, Image of Distinction - Nikolai N. Vsevolodov Specimen: Recrystallized lysine Technique: Phase contrast -- looks like a doodle!

Transverse section of an ostrich fern (250x) Photographing the Microscopic: Winners of Nikon Small World 2015 - The Atlantic

Photographing the Microscopic: Winners of Nikon Small World 2015

Winners of Nikon’s 2015 Small World Contest Reveal the Microscopic Beauty of Our World

Butterfly wing scales via electron microscope.

Butterfly wing scales via electron microscope. Love the clash of pastel and neon colours here against the plain black background

Sea water under the microscope

Sea water under the microscope.if this isn't one of the scariest/coolest things, I don't know what is.

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