The Eye-Popping Moment When Human Life Begins

This dazzling image looks like an orange sun blazing in an alien sky, but it's actually a micrograph of in-vitro fertilization, showing the moment at which the sperm penetrates the egg's membrane. It's just one of many award-winning science images. » 10/16/09 7:30am 10/16/09 7:30am

Atomic Structures Captured by New, Ultra-Powerful Microscope

This image shows the precise arrangement of atoms that form a bridge between two gold crystals. Until yesterday, you would not have been able to see that image — at least, not with such clarity and color. It's the product one of the world's most powerful transmission electron microscopes, installed yesterday at UC… » 1/23/08 7:20am 1/23/08 7:20am