Scientists can now use heat to check out the internal workings of a cell. All they need is lasers and titanium. This means that one day they might be able to figure out how a disease takes hold before it attacks more than one cell in your body.
It’s a bright day in 1677, in the city of Delft, and Antonie van Leeuwenhoek is making love to his wife. But moments after he shudders with orgasm, he hurries out of bed to grab his microscope. After all, he’s not just spending time with his wife: he’s running an important scientific experiment at the request of the…
To the naked eye, your body may not look like the site of much action, but take a closer look and you'll see the microscopic battles being waged every moment of every day, between our bodies' invaders and the systems that fight back.
Linden Gledhill is a photographer with a background in biochemistry, and lately, he's been using his scientific training to make the microscopic world look absolutely breathtaking.
The finalists of the 2015 Wellcome Image Awards have been announced. From insectoid eyes and cat tongues to curved spines and boll weevils, here are the most spectacular science photos of the past year.
Photographer Pyanek takes photographs of everyday objects — book pages, sugar, bags of tea — at high magnifications, rendering some of his subjects nearly unrecognizable. Watch this video and see how many of the super-magnified objects you can identify.
These are probably the most detailed images of nerves that have ever been produced. Italian researchers have developed a new technique for labelling nerves in living mice, which includes an artificial tagging system. The increased resolution is allowing scientists to see things they couldn't before, including nerves…
Just weeks after winning a Nobel Prize for his work in microscopy, Eric Betzig has done it again. He and his colleagues have developed a revolutionary new microscopy technique that allows scientists to observe living cellular processes at unprecedented speed and resolution.
The 2014 Nobel Prize for chemistry has been awarded for the development of super-resolution fluorescence microscopy. Also called nanoscopy, the technique allows scientists to visualize pathways of individual molecules inside living cells in real time, including those in the brain. The award goes out to German…
In 1904, the micrographs Arthur E. Smith, were exhibited at the Royal Society's Annual Conversazione in London, are showing many viewers the world under a microscope for the first time. And some reacted to these giant images of insects, plants, and human body parts with not just wonder, but revulsion as well.
There's a stunning new photo gallery called Life: Magnified that's currently on display at Washington's Dulles International Airport's Gateway Gallery. Here's a sampling of the gallery's best images — from the hairs on a gecko's feet to the viruses that make our lives miserable.
The folks at Nautilus have put created an eye-catching game of Animal, Vegetable or Mineral? from photographs captured at the microscopic level. For the photo above, the choices are Vegetable: Leaf Stem, Mineral: Coal fly ash or Animal: Cross section of hair. Can you guess which it is?
We're discovering amazing new worlds all the time. In space, we're finally getting clear images of the surfaces of other planets; and in the microscopic world around us, we're seeing startling visions of strange creatures and uncanny landscapes. But can you tell the difference between microscope photos and exoplanet…
By using an advanced microscopy technique, researchers have collected the most precise measurements to date of DNA's tangled structure. Their results showed significant variations to the well-known double helix — variations that are offering fresh insights into the inner workings of this life-bearing molecule.
Hidden in pond water is a secret world teeming with swimming, crawling, and bioluminescent life. Daniel Stoupin's stunning video reveals the incredible diversity of life in a pond.
This incredible image was captured using a scanning electron microscope. It's been colorized to provide contrast, but this is actually what it would look like if you balanced one red blood cell on a pin. Amazing.
You may joke that, when something sad brings a tear to your eye, someone is chopping onions in the room. But if you compared those two types of tears under a microscope, would they look similar?
Is this image a satellite picture or a microscope one? That's the question posed by "Macro or Micro?," an exhibit created by two scientists with completely different focuses. Oh, and we'll tell you the answer below.
Using a technique called high-resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM), researchers in China have visualized the molecular structure of a hydrogen bond.
The strangest sights in the universe could be right in front of you — if you could only see at a small enough scale. The microscopic universe is full of beautiful and terrifying sights, including monsters and treasures. Check out some of the greatest microscopy images of all time.