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11 Stunning Microscopic Photos

Nikon's annual Small World Photomicrography Competition attracts thousands of entries from photographers using light microscopes to produce images of the natural world. These are some of this year's top submissions.

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Subject: The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo

Photographers: Dr. Jennifer L. Peters and Dr. Michael R. Taylor, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Magnification: 20x



Subject: Eye organ of a Drosophila melanogaster (third-instar larvae)

Photographer: Michael Bridge, HSC Core Research Facilities -- Cell Imaging Lab, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah

Magnification: 60x

You can see the rest of this year's top 20 entries at Wired Science, and more entries and details at Nikon's contest site.

H/t to Betsy Mason, the editor of Wired Science.

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