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

For The First Time, Microscopes Show Us Detailed Pictures of Individual…

Scientists have long been able to pelt lots of electrons at atoms to "see" them, but this process did too much damage to be used on molecules. Now, scientists have found a new, less destructive way to visualize whole molecules. » 8/28/09 2:46pm 8/28/09 2:46pm

When (Microscopic) Blood Vessels Explode

The Wellcome Trust, a medical research charity, has just announced the winners of its 2008 imaging contest. Above is my favorite, a picture of a microscopic blood vessel that has ruptured. You can see single red blood cells slowly leaking out. This was taken by Anne Weston, with a scanning electron micrograph. She… » 3/27/08 4:00pm 3/27/08 4:00pm

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