The deadliest ailments on Earth, mapped by their affected tissues

Artist and physician Odra Noel has created an arresting map of global health, plotting microscopic views of the diseased tissues that correspond to each region's deadliest illnesses. » 7/09/13 7:20am 7/09/13 7:20am

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 three … » 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 fruit… » 6/05/12 12:20pm 6/05/12 12:20pm

Parasites, deadly bugs and fungi are more beautiful than you could…

We've all seen totally gorgeous microscopy photos before — but there's still something startling about seeing an arresting picture of a beautiful lattice, only to realize it's a set of mutated cells. Or an insect slowly murdering another insect. Or a horrible parasite, feeding off its host. Part of the thrill of… » 11/28/11 5:00pm 11/28/11 5:00pm

This thimble-sized microscope could revolutionize neuroscience research

Mice are energetic little buggers, which is bad news for scientists who want to get a look at their brains while they're scurrying around. But at last, researchers have perfected a high-powered, miniaturized fluorescent microscope that can be mounted on a mouse's head and used to monitor the activity of as many as 200… » 9/14/11 11:00am 9/14/11 11:00am