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Marvel at a Moth Wing, and 18 Other Microscopic Delights

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Wing scales of a Urania ripheus (Sunset Moth) (6.25x) Reflected-light microscopy Charles B. Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA

Two m-plane sapphire substrates (100x) Dark-field microscopy Melissa K. Santala Department of Materials Science and Engineering University of California Berkeley, California, USA

Pupil of a Macrobrachium amazonicum (freshwater shrimp) (20x) Stereomicroscopy Alex H. Griman, Alex Kawazaki Photography, Sao Paulo, Brazil

7-day-old Enchytraeus coronatus (annelid worm) embryo (250x) Confocal microscopy Annette Bergter Department of Zoology University of Osnabruck Osnabruck, Germany

Microdictyon umbilicatum (seaweed) (20x) Bright-field microscopy Dr. John M. Huisman Murdoch University Murdoch, Australia

Anterior spiracles (respiratory openings) of a fruit fly larvae (1500x) Fluorescence microscopy Albert Tousson and Tomek Szul Department of Cell Biology The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Anterior spiracles (respiratory openings) of a fruit fly larvae (1500x) Fluorescence microscopy Albert Tousson and Tomek Szul Department of Cell Biology The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Diatom (100x) Heine phase-contrast microscopy Harold Taylor Kensworth, UK

Copepod lophoura (a crustacean) (4x) Dark-field and top-lighting microscopy Harold Taylor Kensworth, UK

Condylostoma sp. (a protozoan) (100x) Bright-field microscopy Raul M. Gonzalez Raul Gonzalez Estudio Mexico City, Mexico

Thin nematic film (liquid crystals) (200x) Polarized-light microscopy Dr. Oleg D. Lavrentovich Liquid Crystal Institute Kent State University Kent, Ohio, USA

For your viewing pleasure, here are the winning photographs from the Nikon Small World competition.

Cell nuclei of the mouse colon (740x) Two-Photon fluorescence microscopy Dr. Paul L. Appleton Division of Cell and Developmental Biology University of Dundee Dundee, UK

Nostoc cyanobacteria and diploneis diatom (100x) Bright-field microscopy Raul M. Gonzalez Raul Gonzalez Estudio Mexico City, Mexico

Spirorbis sp. (aquatic worm) (100x) Confocal microscopy Jens Rüchel Department of Zoology University of Osnabruck Osnabruck, Germany

Lomandra longifolia (Spiny-headed mat rush) (100x) Confocal (3-laser) microscopy Charles J. Kazilek The Paper Project / W.M. Keck Bioimaging Laboratory Arizona State University Tempe, Arizona, USA

Transgenic Nicotiana benthamiana plant (10x) Fluorescence microscopy Dr. Heiti Paves Tallinn University of Technology Tallinn, Estonia

Fluorescing filamentous green alga (60x) Confocal microscopy Dr. Carlos A. Munoz Department of Biology University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

Seed of a Clematis vitalba shrub (also known as traveller's joy and old man's beard) (2x) Dark-field microscopy Viktor Sykora Institute of Pathophysiology First Faculty of Medicine Charles University Prague, Czech Republic

Fluorescing filamentous green alga (60x) Confocal microscopy Dr. Carlos A. Munoz Department of Biology University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus Mayaguez, Puerto Rico

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