Microscopic Nature: Winners Of The 2014 Olympus Bioscapes Competition

Microscopic Photography Barnacle

3rd Place: Dr. Igor Siwanowicz – HHMI Janelia Research Campus // Ashburn, VA, USA.
The appendages of a barnacle are used to move food for consumption. Technique: Confocal microscopy, 100x

Now in its second decade, the Olympus Bioscapes photography competition celebrates the stunning beauty of and discoveries in the field of science. But it comes with a catch: this beauty must be found beneath the lens of a microscope. Amateur and professional scientists from over 70 different countries submit thousands of entries per year in the hopes of being recognized in the competition, which is widely regarded as the world’s best showcase for this unique brand of photographic landscapes. The images that follow contain both winners and honorable mentions for 2014.

Microscopic Photography Mosquito Larvae

Honorable mention: Mr. Charles Krebs – Issaquah, WA, USA.
Specimen: Mosquito larva.
Technique: polarized dark field illumination, 100x

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20 Dramatic Weather Photos That Make You Wonder Why We Use It For Small Talk

Weather is so much a part of our lives that we usually take it for granted. Talking about the weather is the textbook example of meaningless small talk, something we do when discussing substantive issues would make everybody feel awkward and uncomfortable. In general, weather is a nice, safe topic that doesn’t get anybody all worked up or end with people slamming doors and calling each other misogynists.

Some weather, however, is so dramatic that it demands to be the center of attention. Talking about the tornado that just destroyed your house, for example, isn’t the kind of chatter one uses to break the ice at parties, though it would probably do the trick. Here are 20 of Earth’s most dramatic weather formations that you can talk about at your next cocktail party, if those are still a thing people do.

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Dramatic Weather Lightning Alps

Some people live the kind of lives that let them see stuff like this all the time. You do not live one of those lives. Source: My Birdie

Dramatic Weather Alps


Dramatic Weather Lenticular Antarctica

These are lenticular clouds clinging to Mt. Erebus in Antarctica. Lenticular clouds are believed by sane people to explain many UFO sightings. Other sightings are probably aliens, though. Source:

Dramatic Weather Lenticular Arizona

Source: Wikipedia

Dramatic Weather Lenticular UFO

Source: Blogspot

Dramatic Weather Beach Haboob

Have you ever been standing on the beach and suddenly been hit by a second, much larger beach that's roaring sideways as fast as a car on the freeway? This is a haboob, which is a hilariously named horizontal sandstorm that can arrive suddenly in arid areas. Source: All Hip Hop

Dramatic Weather Ocean Haboob

Source: Daily Mail

Dramatic Weather Lightning Manchester

Okay, let's start slow with the lightning. Here it is, touching ground behind a small house in Manchester. Source: Manchester Evening News

Dramatic Weather Lightning Barcroft

Here it is, hitting Barcroft with quite a bit more enthusiasm. Source: The Mirror

Dramatic Weather Lightning Liberty

Take that, New Jersey! Source: BBC

Dramatic Weather Lightning Volcano

Do you suppose the ancient Romans ever wrote erotic fan fiction about Jupiter getting down with Vulcan and having the angriest sex ever? This is what they had in mind. Source: ABC

Dramatic Weather Volcano Iran

Source: Hotcloob

Dramatic Weather Lightning Dianetics

Okay, you can believe in Thor, or you can be a Scientologist. Not both. Source: Blogspot

Dramatic Weather Round Cloud

This is just the kind of thing you have to get used to if you live in Kansas. Source: End Time Upgrade

Dramatic Weather Tornado House

If you lived here, you'd be calling your insurance carrier now. Source: Blogspot

Dramatic Weather Fire Tornado

This is a fire tornado moving over water. Immediately after this picture was taken, a group of Israelites drowned after following it into the river. Source: Cat In Water

Dramatic Weather Tornado Lightning

The good news is that the tornado spared your house. The bad news is that it burned down after being struck by lightning. Source: WVUA TV

Dramatic Weather Rainbow Lake

Always go out on a high note. Source: Photo Furl

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10 Interesting Science Fair Projects That Made It Big

For most people, the thought of science fairs conjures sentiments of general anxiety as well as images of Styrofoam planets and toilet paper tube volcanoes. But then again, most of us don’t consider science fair projects to be an opportunity to take on the task of killing biological weapons or coming up with cheaper ways to travel through space. Using the science fair project as their point of entry, the students featured here have developed technologies that may change the tapestry of science forever.

Using Meth Addiction To Develop New Treatments

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10 2014 Discoveries You Should Know About

With every passing year the world around us grows, and our understanding of its history widens. In 2014, this included everything from a probe landing on a comet to the detection of ancient monuments underneath Stonehenge’s Salisbury plain. Here are some of the definitive scientific discoveries of the year, just in case you missed them.

ESA Probe Lands On Comet

2014 Discoveries Rosetta Comet

One of the first pictures sent back from comet 67P. Source: Wired

On November 12th, the Philae lander launched by The European Space Agency (ESA) came to rest on the comet known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, ten years after leaving Earth for its mission. Even though the lander went into hibernation in an unknown shadowed area, it is still collecting information and has sent back a precious few pictures via the orbiting Rosetta spacecraft’s camera, OSIRIS. Along with the images, we have learned that the comet contains carbon, one of the basic building blocks for life on Earth.

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