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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

Getting small…


First Place: a colonial plankton organism, Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom), magnified 250x
by Wim van Egmond, of the Micropolitan Museum, Berkel en Rodenrijs, Zuid Holland, Netherland

Nikon has announced the winners of this year’s Small World Photomicrography Competition.  Browse the gallery here or here.


As we resolve to be more thorough as we vacuum, we might send microscopic birthday greetings to Rita Rossi Colwell; she was born on this date in 1934.  The first U.S. scientist to create a computer program to analyze data related to the taxonomic classification of different strains of bacteria, she enabled the surprising discovery that the strain of cholera bacteria that had been linked to the disease belonged to the same species as benign strains of cholera. Subsequently, her team of researchers found that both the harmless and the disease-causing (toxin-producing) strains were found commonly in estuaries and coastal waters.

She is perhaps better known as the 11th Director of the National Science Foundation– the first woman to hold that post.  In 2004, she was awarded the National Medal of Science.



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November 23, 2013 at 1:01 am

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