A simple two-dimensional grid can convey a lot of information – whether making pictures with Lite-Brite or storing data in DNA.
DNA has been storing vast amounts of biological information for billions of years. Researchers are working to harness DNA for archiving data. A new method uses light to simplify the process.
Viruses are too small to visualise with traditional microscopes.
Ian McKee/St John’s College
New scientific research reveals how Thomas Cromwell's Machiavellian manoeuvring influenced his own depiction on the front of The Great Bible.
No contemporary portrait of Robert Hooke seems to have survived. This 2004 oil painting is based on descriptions during his lifetime.
Born on July 18, 1635, this polymath broke ground in fields ranging from pneumatics, microscopy, mechanics and astronomy to civil engineering and architecture.
Light bounces from an image to your eye, and is interpreted by your brain.
oldskool photography / Unsplash
Sometimes photographic images are not able to capture and accurately represent science – especially at very tiny scales. This is where scientific visualisation comes in.
Detail from Witchetty Grub Dreaming, Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis, Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu.
Courtesy of the artist
A new exhibition pairs paintings by Indigenous Australian artists with microscopic images captured by scientists. The parallels, as this gallery of pictures shows, are intriguing.
Laser illumination in a light-sheet fluorescence microscope.
Shaped light enables deeper imaging of biological samples under the microscope and avoids damage to the tissue.
Bioblocks, created for the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon.
Research is not just about producing papers.
Working with an embedded artist for a year helped one physicist realise that art and science share a lot of common ground
A baby Hawaiian bobtail squid, measuring just 1.5cm across, is pictured using photomacrography.
Mark R Smith/Macroscopic Solutions
A better understanding of science among ordinary people validates the vast amounts of public funds spent on scientific research.
Fluorescent image of the coral
Pocillopora damicornis. The field of view is approximately 4.1 x 3.4 mm.
Andrew D. Mullen/UCSD
Could this new technology do for the microscopic marine world what the first telescopes did for the heavens above?
A butterfly’s wing viewed through an optical microscope (left) and the scanning helium microscope (right).
University of Newcastle
A new scanning helium microscope offers the potential for capturing images with finer resolution than optical microscopes, but without damaging samples as with electron microscopes.
Here’s looking at you.
Kevin Mackenzie, University of Aberdeen
Winners of the Wellcome Images Award 2015 tell us about how they got their special shot.
Asteroidea Electrica, first prize winner by Adrianus Indrat Aria.
We all know engineering is useful, functional, even ingenious. But the engineering photography competition we hold each year provides us a chance to wander outside its merely utilitarian aspects into dimensions…
Winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry: Eric Betzig, Stefan Hell and William Moerner.
Matt Staley, HHMI / Bernd Schuller, Max-Planck-Institut / K. Lowder
Robert Hooke was a pioneer of microscopy, when back in the 17th century he drew stunning images of insects, plant cells and fossils. Since then microscopes that use light to magnify things we can’t see…
Kung Fu bat.
Widening our view of the world can mean taking a much closer look at the familiar. And technology from MRI to Scanning Electron Microscopes, which use focused beams to interact with a sample’s surface…
The molecule that causes the eel to glow when blue light is shone on it is unlike any found in other living organisms.
Akiko Kumagai & Atsushi Miyawaki
Researchers have discovered a fluorescent protein in a Japanese eel consumed as a popular sushi snack. The discovery could help develop simpler and more sensitive tests to detect jaundice and other diseases…
A world-first image with implications for everything from quantum computing to microbiology.
Kielpinksi Group/Centre for Quantum Dynamics
As the image above illustrates, my colleagues and I at Griffith University have been able to photograph the shadow of an atom for the first time – the culmination of five years of work by our team. The…
Scientists have for the first time seem the workings of T-cells, the front-line troops that alert our immune system to go…