The Great Masters of Microscopy

Can you guess what this is? Credit: Spike Walker
The December issue of Scientific American is about to come out. The issue will feature our pick of images from the 2010 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, but you can already see those online as they were posted today, which is also the day of the announcement of the winners.

I helped choose the images that went into our feature (which don’t coincide with Olympus’s own top ten picks) iand I wrote the captions for them, after interviewing each of their creators. In the process I discovered that there is a whole subculture of serious microscopy hobbyists, such as Spike Walker, who took the beautifully abstract shot here, which is actually … well, you’ll have to click to find out.

To see all nine images that will appear in print, plus an online bonus of ten more, visit Life Unseen.

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