Back When the Victorians Used Microscopic Photography to Look at Porn

Soon after the popularization of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, people started experimenting with gimmicks like microphotography. There was a brief but huge craze for these tiny images that could only be seen using a special microscope lens. It was perfect for sharing porn in a repressive age. » 12/05/14 1:56pm 12/05/14 1:56pm

Some of the Year's Most Startling Science Images

This is an electron micrograph of a leafcutter ant holding a gear that's just 0.1 mm wide. This astonishing image was created by Manfred Page, and it's just one of 100 great science images featured in a brand new exhibition by the Royal Photographic Society. » 9/18/13 2:20pm 9/18/13 2:20pm

Check out these spectacularly beautiful images of the ocean’s smallest,…

Planet Magazine has published a stunning gallery of some recently discovered sea-based microorganisms. These images of the wondrously bizarre phytoplankton and zooplankton were taken by researchers aboard the Tara Oceans, a ship that only recently returned from its two-and-half-year journey. » 7/10/12 12:11pm 7/10/12 12:11pm

Artist uses NASA technology to capture the cosmic beauty of flowers in…

Flowers look like solar flares and stellar eruptions when you photograph them in intense detail, using techniques developed by NASA for imaging the surface of Mars. Photographer David Leaser developed a new process, based on NASA's tech among other things, which he uses to capture the unsettling beauty of flowers up… » 2/10/11 8:30am 2/10/11 8:30am

This psychedelic structure is what dopamine looks like under a…

The neurotransmitter dopamine isn't just beautiful under polarized light - it's also a neurotransmitter that can get you high. Photographer Spike Walker just won an award for his breathtaking micoscopic photography. Check out some more breathtaking images below. » 9/14/10 8:30am 9/14/10 8:30am

The Microscopic Chambers of the Sea

Albert Folch is a bioengineering professor at the University of Washington whose Folcher Lab is devoted to building better tools for cell cultures. As he puts it on his lab website, "We apply micro- and nanofabrication techniques to quantitatively design the micro/nanofluidic environment and/or the underlying… » 9/17/08 7:00am 9/17/08 7:00am