Posts from the ‘microscopy’ Category


A 20-times magnified view of the pupil of a freshwater prawn, Macrobrachium amazonicum.

Image by Alex H. Griman.


A two-photon excitation view of a mouse colon at 740-times magnification.

Image by Dr. Paul L. Appleton, University of Dundee.

That blue is gorgeous.

I apologize for the lack of real posts recently. With school starting, I’ve been busy getting into classes and involvement. Once I’ve got everything together, expect more in-depth posts and fewer reblogs. Until then, feel free to message me about anything!


Newt lung epithelial cell in mitosis (240x)

By: Susan Nowogrodzki

This makes me think of some bioluminescent deep-sea creature.


A crystallized solution of succinic acid and urea at 50-times magnification.

Image by Edy Kieser.


An electric field placed across layers of polydimethylsiloxane and polystyrene on a silicon wafer.

Image by Catherine Russell and Amanda Leach, University of Massachusetts Amherst.


Retinal Fireworks

Retinal ganglion cells transmit signals from the rods and cones in the eye to the brain. The retinal ganglion cells shown here have the extraordinary property that their dendrites all point in a single direction. Remarkably, these neurons respond best to objects moving in the direction that the cells “point.”

In this particular image, a mouse retina is seen with “J” retinal ganglion cells marked by the expression of a fluorescent protein. Of course, in real eyes it’s not that simple – the millions of other neurons that these are entangled with are not marked, and thus appear invisible. The image was obtained with a confocal scanning microscope, and pseudocoloured.

Part of the Cell Picture Show’s amazing Brainbow series.


A section of a corn stem at 100-times magnification.

Image by Rakesh Bhatnagar, University of Alberta.

That’s a mightily surprised corn stem! And a little on the creepy clown side.


Fractals, Parasites and 3-D Reconstructions: 18 Startling Science Images is a Scientific American gallery of winners of the Czech “Science Is Beautiful” contest. Check it out to see more startlingly beautiful images like these.


A crystallized mixture of glycine (the smallest amino acid), tartaric acid (commonly found in many wines), and resorcinol (a component of some skin creams).

Image by Edy Kieser.

This is beautiful, it looks like a flock of golden birds in the sky. Can’t determine if it was purposeful or not..


A crystallized mixture of acetaldehyde and methylene blue.

Image by John E. Hart.

This is way trippy.