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March 6, 2017

The Extraordinary Details of Tiny Creatures Captured with a Laser-Scanning Microscope by Igor Siwanowicz

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If you've ever wondered how a diving beetle swims through the water or manages to rest just on the surface, the answer is — in part — because its foot is infinitely more complicated than your own.

As seen above, this microscopic image of a male Acilius sulcatus (diving beetle) by photographer Igor Siwanowicz reveals the extraordinary complexity of this aquatic insect's tiny appendage.

This is just one of many examples of Siwanowicz's work as a neurobiologist at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Janelia Farm Research Campus.

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His brilliantly colored images show the tree-like structures of moth antennas (above and below),

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the wild details of barnacle legs,

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and the otherworldly shapes of plant spores.

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The photos are made with a confocal laser-scanning microscope capable of "seeing" vast amounts of detail beyond what you might capture with a traditional lens-based microscope.

You can see much more of his nature photography here.

March 6, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink


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