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The Startling Beauty of the Microscopic

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Single-cell fresh water algae, desmids

A composite image showing a collection of single-cell fresh water algae, desmids. The red in the image comes from the innate fluorescence of chlorophyll. Confocal imaging, 400x.

Credit: Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, VA. Third Prize, 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition

When Robert Hooke first looked at a piece of cork under a microscope in 1665, he was looking for scientific reasons–but that didn’t keep him from seeing the intrinsic beauty in the slides.

From Smithsonian magazine
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