Microscope Image Or Alien Planet -- Can You Tell The Difference?

We're discovering amazing new worlds all the time. In space, we're finally getting clear images of the surfaces of other planets; and in the microscopic world around us, we're seeing startling visions of strange creatures and uncanny landscapes. But can you tell the difference between microscope photos and exoplanet… » 5/19/14 3:00pm 5/19/14 3:00pm

New Double Helix Visualization Revises What We Know About DNA

By using an advanced microscopy technique, researchers have collected the most precise measurements to date of DNA's tangled structure. Their results showed significant variations to the well-known double helix — variations that are offering fresh insights into the inner workings of this life-bearing molecule. » 5/16/14 3:20pm 5/16/14 3:20pm

These spectacular images show why they call it the ‘OMG’ microscope

Back in 2011, GE unveiled DeltaVision OMX Blaze, a state-of-the art microscope that uses a combination of optics and powerful computer algorithms. Using a technique called 3D structured illumination microscopy (SIM), OMX can see objects as small as 100 nanometers across and more than doubles the resolution in all… » 3/26/13 2:14pm 3/26/13 2:14pm

Microscopic cross-section photo of layers of paint is more spectacular…

This photograph may resemble the geological strata of an alien world, but it's actually dozens of layers of paint. Natasha K. Loeblich of the Architectural Research Department of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation photographed a cross-section of the wall paints on an 18th-century theater at 100 times magnification,… » 2/16/13 5:00pm 2/16/13 5:00pm

Scientists snap a picture of DNA’s double helix for the very first time

For the last 60 years, scientists have known that DNA's structure is composed of a spiraling corkscrew. They know this thanks to molecular theory and and an old-time technique called X-ray crystallography, where patterns of dots are converted into an overarching image using mathematics. But now, using an electron… » 11/29/12 9:45am 11/29/12 9:45am

Can you guess the subject of this photo? (Hint: over half the US…

The Wellcome Trust — a London-based medical research charity — has just announced the winners of its 2012 image competition, and they are positively stunning. Take the scanning electron micrograph featured above, for example. Can you guess the subject of the photograph? It may be the most widely consumed psychoactive… » 6/21/12 7:20am 6/21/12 7:20am

Astonishing Time-Lapse Video of a Fruit Fly Embryo Developing

A new microscope called the Multi-View SPIM, or MuVi-SPIM for short, is allowing scientists to take unprecedented images of rapid biological processes, at a level of detail we've never seen before. And to show off the power of this new microscope, the developers have released an incredible time-lapse video of a… » 6/05/12 12:20pm 6/05/12 12:20pm