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Images: Small Worlds Come to Life in Stunning Photos

A nest egg

nikon small world competition, microtubules, nucleus, COS-7

(Image credit: Dr. Mariela Loschi | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Detail of the microtubules and nucleus in a COS-7 (Cercopithecus aethiops kidney, SV40 transformed) cultured cell. Confocal at 100X.

Squeaky clean

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(Image credit: Mr. Haris Antonopoulos | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Soap bubble. Polarized Light at 10X.

A circle of life

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(Image credit: Mr. Arturo Agostino | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Navicula variolata (diatom). Darkfield at 400X.

Animal, mineral or vegetable?

nikon small world competition, carnivorous plant glands

(Image credit: Mr. Jose R. Almodóvar | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Glands in a leaf of Drosera capensis, a carnivorous plant. Image Stacking at 10X.

Nature's decorations

nikon small world competition, dew, spider web

(Image credit: Mr. Massimo Brizzi | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Dew on spider web at 5X.

Vitamin C Crystal

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(Image credit: Mr. Raul M. Gonzalez | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) crystal. Brightfield at 100X.

Butterfly tongue

microscopic image of a coiled butterfly tongue

(Image credit: Kata Kenesei and Barbara Orsolits | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Miley Cyrus has nothing on this butterfly. Here the insect's coiled tongue seen with 60-times magnification by Kata Kenesei and Barbara Orsolits of the Institute of Experimental Medicine - Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Danger and beauty

nikon small world competition, battery leakage crystals

(Image credit: Mr. Zhang Chao | Couresy of Nikon Small World.)

Battery leakage crystal. Polarized Light at 25X.

Floating and flying

nikon small world competition, algae

(Image credit: Mr. Marek Mis | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Micrasterias Americana (algae). Polarized Light at 50X.

Flowing and light

nikon small world competition, citric acid, tartaric acid

(Image credit: Mr. Harald K. Andersen | Courtesy of Nikon Small World.)

Citric acid and tartaric acid. Polarized Light at 60X.