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“To see a world in a grain of sand”*…

A knotted human hair

Nikon has announced the winners of the 2020 Small World Photomicrography Competition and has once again shared some of the winning and honored images with us. The contest invites photographers and scientists to submit images of all things visible under a microscope. More than 2,000 entries were received from 90 countries in 2020, the 46th year of the competition.

More astounding photos at “Photographing the Microscopic: Winners of Nikon Small World 2020.”

All of the winners are here; links to winners in other categories (e.g., video), here.

* William Blake


As we get small, we might recall that it was on this date in 1958 that Patricia Bay Haroski, a secretary at the State Farm Insurance Company, registered Boss’s Day with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Haroski chose the date because it was the birthday of her boss… who was also her father.


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October 16, 2020 at 1:01 am

Looking closely. Very closely…


Designer Adam Saynuk is a detail guy… and a very fine photographer.  Consider the photographs that he took for The Taco Truck (restaurant/store/food truck in Hoboken, NJ) last year, in which he minutely examined each of 35 ingredients


Corn Tortillas

See them all here.  And see some of Adam’s other work here.

[TotH to Good]


As we resolve to leave our glasses on while eating, we might recall that it was on this date in 1609 that Galileo first demonstrated his telescope.  Earlier that year, while in Venice, he’d heard of “Dutch perspective glass,” which made distant objects appear closer and larger.  He reports that he returned to Padua, made a prototype, then an improved telescope, and returned to Venice– where he presented his invention to the Doge Leonardo Donato, who was sitting in full council. The Doge and Senate were so impressed that they awarded him life tenure for his lectureship at Padua and doubled his salary.

Later that same year, Galileo turned his invention around, and created the precursor of Adam’s favorite optical tool, a compound microscope with a convex and a concave lens.

19th Century painting of Galileo displaying his telescope to Leonardo Donato (source)



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