Image of a series of colored loops.
Enlarge / Whereas this will likely seem like a set of iridescent satin ribbons, it is truly the scales on the wing of a butterfly.

I do not know what number of years I have been placing collectively picture galleries of the Nikon Small World Microscopy contest, nevertheless it has been fairly a number of now, and it’s laborious to not really feel like I am repeating the identical issues after I introduce a number of the photographs from it: that nature’s magnificence is not restricted to grand landscapes or charismatic megafauna. That severe science can co-exist with superb aesthetics. That among the finest scientists even have a watch for the creative and the need to seize the worlds they examine in compelling methods. That expertise and software program have revolutionized a expertise—the microscope—that has been round for a whole bunch of years.

All of these issues are nonetheless true, which is why I preserve emphasizing them. However phrases are only a distraction from the pure artistry of this 12 months’s contest winners. So I will shut up and allow you to get pleasure from them.

 

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