University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

See how beautiful the world can look through a microscope

See how beautiful the world can look through a microscope

A zebra fish “selfie,” a butterfly’s curly proboscis and the fangs of a centipede. Welcome to the beautiful — and sometimes strange — world of photomicrography.

Nikon Instruments has unveiled the winners of its annual Small World Contest. The images celebrate the intersection of art and science, revealing the amazing, minuscule details of the natural world.

The top image was created by Oscar Ruiz, who captured an extreme close-up of a 4-day-old zebra fish embryo. Ruiz studies facial development at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and...

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