Saturday, October 10, 2009

World's Smallest Art Prize

Crossing a microscope with a camera gives you a micrograph, a tiny photograph that allows artists and scientists to show the beauty inaccessible to the naked eye. Every year the Small World competition run by Nikon celebrates this hidden world.

This years first place winner. An image of a thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana) anther magnified at 20x, taken by Heiti Paves of the Tallinn Institute of Technology, Estonia. The thale cress is an important species used in the study of plant genome traits.

It made history in 2000 when it became the first plant to have its entire genetic code sequenced and now stands as a model species for understanding the molecular biology of many plant traits.
See the other winners HERE.


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