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Stunning Images Under the Microscope Capture the Lives of the Tiniest Creatures [Slide Show]

The Olympus BioScapes International Imaging Competition provides a selection of photographs that flame off our pages each December in riotous color. A good portion of the magazine would have to be given over to the contest to give every photo its due. We’re bringing you an additional selection here of worthy stills and videos that we’re sure will fascinate and amaze.

Scroll down to watch a movie of a root growing or look at a photo of bugs eating bugs

» View the Tiniest Creatures Slide Show

» Slide Show: Dazzling Miniatures: View Highlights from BioScapes Photo Contest

 

Real-Time Root Growth:
Arabidopsis thaliana, a small flowering plant that is often used by biologists for plant research, is the star of this video by Daniel von Wangenheim, which shows a new root growing laterally off a primary root.

Sperm Blush Red:
Sperm from the insect Nephrotoma suturalis, a crane fly, goes from one stage of cell division to another in this movie by James LaFountain and Rudolf Oldenbourg.

  • CORAL IN COLOR:
    CORAL IN COLOR:

    Underwater image by James H. Nicholson of live brain coral, Goniastrea sp., stands out under fluorescent and reflected light.

  • FLUORESCENT ALGAE:
    FLUORESCENT ALGAE:

    Spherical colonies of  Nostoc, a type of blue-green algae, glow like curlicues of neon in this portrait by Gerd Guenther.

  • FRUIT FLIES AND REPRODUCTION:
    FRUIT FLIES AND REPRODUCTION:

    Fruit fly ovaries and uterus glow in the dark in this image taken by Gunnar Newquist. Eggs are stained red.

  • BUGS EAT BUG:
    BUGS EAT BUG:

    Two damsel bugs appear to feed on an aphid in this staged shot by Geir Drange using dead specimens.

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