These Microscopic Videos Show How Our Bodies Are Really Fields Of War

To the naked eye, your body may not look like the site of much action, but take a closer look and you'll see the microscopic battles being waged every moment of every day, between our bodies' invaders and the systems that fight back. » 3/25/15 3:00pm 3/25/15 3:00pm

Science Photographer Reveals Beauty of the Microscopic World

Linden Gledhill is a photographer with a background in biochemistry, and lately, he's been using his scientific training to make the microscopic world look absolutely breathtaking. » 3/22/15 7:12pm 3/22/15 7:12pm

See The Wellcome Trust's Best Science Photos Of The Year

The finalists of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards have been announced. From insectoid eyes and cat tongues to curved spines and boll weevils, here are the most spectacular science photos of the past year. » 3/09/15 8:00am 3/09/15 8:00am

Can You Guess The Subjects Of These Extreme Close-Up Photographs?

Photographer Pyanek takes photographs of everyday objects — book pages, sugar, bags of tea — at high magnifications, rendering some of his subjects nearly unrecognizable. Watch this video and see how many of the super-magnified objects you can identify. » 1/27/15 5:30pm 1/27/15 5:30pm

These are probably the most detailed images of nerves that have ever been produced. Italian researchers have developed a new technique for labelling nerves in living mice, which includes an artificial tagging system. The increased resolution is allowing scientists to see things they couldn't before, including nerves… » 12/09/14 6:00pm 12/09/14 6:00pm

This Powerful New Microscope Will Transform The Way We See Biology

Just weeks after winning a Nobel Prize for his work in microscopy, Eric Betzig has done it again. He and his colleagues have developed a revolutionary new microscopy technique that allows scientists to observe living cellular processes at unprecedented speed and resolution. » 10/24/14 7:20am 10/24/14 7:20am

The 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. Also called nanoscopy, the technique allows scientists to visualize pathways of individual molecules inside living cells in real time, including those in the brain. The award goes out to German… » 10/08/14 7:00pm 10/08/14 7:00pm

110 Years Ago, These Microscopic Photos Horrified Londoners

In 1904, the micrographs Arthur E. Smith, were exhibited at the Royal Society's Annual Conversazione in London, are showing many viewers the world under a microscope for the first time. And some reacted to these giant images of insects, plants, and human body parts with not just wonder, but revulsion as well. » 9/23/14 3:00pm 9/23/14 3:00pm

The Astounding And Horrific World As Seen Under A Microscope

There's a stunning new photo gallery called Life: Magnified that's currently on display at Washington's Dulles International Airport's Gateway Gallery. Here's a sampling of the gallery's best images — from the hairs on a gecko's feet to the viruses that make our lives miserable. » 6/17/14 8:00am 6/17/14 8:00am

Can You Guess The Subject Of This Photograph?

The folks at Nautilus have put created an eye-catching game of Animal, Vegetable or Mineral? from photographs captured at the microscopic level. For the photo above, the choices are Vegetable: Leaf Stem, Mineral: Coal fly ash or Animal: Cross section of hair. Can you guess which it is? » 6/01/14 8:00am 6/01/14 8:00am

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

You'll Never Look At Pond Water The Same Way After Watching This Video

Hidden in pond water is a secret world teeming with swimming, crawling, and bioluminescent life. Daniel Stoupin's stunning video reveals the incredible diversity of life in a pond. » 4/08/14 2:20pm 4/08/14 2:20pm

This is a blood cell balanced on the head of a pin

This incredible image was captured using a scanning electron microscope. It's been colorized to provide contrast, but this is actually what it would look like if you balanced one red blood cell on a pin. Amazing. » 1/17/14 5:00pm 1/17/14 5:00pm

Do tears of grief look different from onion tears under a microscope?

You may joke that, when something sad brings a tear to your eye, someone is chopping onions in the room. But if you compared those two types of tears under a microscope, would they look similar? » 11/24/13 7:30am 11/24/13 7:30am

Can you tell satellite images from microscopic pictures? Test yourself

Is this image a satellite picture or a microscope one? That's the question posed by "Macro or Micro?," an exhibit created by two scientists with completely different focuses. Oh, and we'll tell you the answer below. » 11/03/13 1:00pm 11/03/13 1:00pm

The Very First Image of a Hydrogen Bond

Using a technique called high-resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM), researchers in China have visualized the molecular structure of a hydrogen bond. » 9/30/13 8:00am 9/30/13 8:00am

Photos of the Amazing and Gruesome World Under a Microscope

The strangest sights in the universe could be right in front of you — if you could only see at a small enough scale. The microscopic universe is full of beautiful and terrifying sights, including monsters and treasures. Check out some of the greatest microscopy images of all time. » 9/11/13 3:16pm 9/11/13 3:16pm

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

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure

What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an atom’s electron orbitalan atom's actual wave function! To capture the image, researchers utilized a new quantum microscope — an incredible new device that literally allows scientists to gaze into the quantum realm. » 5/24/13 8:00am 5/24/13 8:00am