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Small World Logo Hi ResCome take a look at the 20 award winning photomicrographs and see the unseen as a wide variety of artistic visual concepts and scientific disciplines are revealed in Nikon Small World opening June 14 and on view through Sept. 15 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

Art and science are intertwined in Nikon Small World as the photomicrographs showcase the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality. “We are proud that this competition is able to demonstrate the true power of scientific imaging and its relevance to both the scientific communities as well as the general public,” explaine Eric Flem, Communications Manager, Nikon Instruments.

First place winners Dr. Jennifer Peters and Dr. Michael Taylor of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, partnered to capture the image highlighting their research of the blood brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo, which is believed to be the first-ever image showing the formation for the blood-brain barrier in a live animal. “We used fluorescent proteins to look at brain endothelial cells and watched the blood-brain develop in real-time,” said Drs. Peters and Taylor. “We took a 3-dimensional snapshot under a confocal microscope. Then, we stacked the images and compressed them into one – pseudo coloring them in rainbow to illustrate depth.”

The top five images in Nikon Small World include The blood-brain barrier in a live zebrafish embryo; Live newborn lynx spiderlings; Human bone cancer (osteosarcoma) showing actin filaments (purple), mitochondria (yellow) and DNA (blue); Drosophila melanogaster visual system halfway through pupal development, showing retina (gold), photoreceptor axons (blue), and brain (green); and Cacoxenite (mineral) from La Paloma Mine, Spain.

This year’s judges were comprised of top science and media industry experts: Daniel Evanko, Editor, Nature Methods; Martha Harbison, Senior Editor, Popular Science; Dr. Robert D. Goldman, Stephen Walter Ranson Professor and Chair, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University and Liza A. Pon, Ph.D., Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology and Director, Confocal and Specialized Microscopy Shared Resource, Columbia University.

For additional information on the top images from the 2012 Nikon Small World competition, visit www.nikonsmallworld.com or follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter@NikonSmallWorld 

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June 13, 2013




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