Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®

Laurie Knight from Kent, UK, placed 10th in the 2010 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition with this image of a weevil.

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz. 2014, 3rd. Barnacle appendages that sweep plankton and other food into the barnacle's shell for consumption.

Ant on its deathbed—a carnivorous plant known as a sundew.

Scales on the wing of a Panacea prola butterfly

Mouth of a live mushroom coral, Fungia

Algae, Scagelia

2014 Second Prize. A rat cerebellum

Phyllobius roboretanus weevils using Stereo microscopy. 4th place 2014.

Green coneheaded planthopper nymph with its gears. The insects are accomplished jumpers, able to accelerate at 500 times the force of gravity. To synchronize the movement of their hind legs they use a pair of cogs. The insect demonstrates that gears are not a human invention.
First Prize for 2014 went to a movie of a fruit fly developing, captured by a team including William Lemon, Fernando Amat and Philipp Keller of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia.

In the video, a trembling ball of cells turns into a fully developed fly larva that starts to crawl off screen by the movie's end.

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