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Two human cancer cells sitting next to each other right before they’re about to divide into four cells.

The annual Small World Photomicrography Competition sponsored by Nikon aims to showcase “the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope.” (Pics)

 

Indeed, the 2010 winning photographs reveal what’s not seen or visible to the human eye. While many of the stunning images were taken to advance science, some are just simply beautiful to look at.

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The baby bivalve swimming like a scallop by clapping its shells together.

The following photos were amongst this year’s 20 winners, but you can see hundreds of gorgeous photos featured from previous years as well. Some winning photographs are on display at museums across the country. You can also learn how to create your own masterpieces.

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Soap bubbles under a microscope.

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Soy sauce

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A Ichneumon wasp compound eye magnified 40 times.

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1st Place 2010 – Anopheles gambiae (mosquito) heart

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Cacoxenite (mineral)

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Strelitzia reginae (bird of paradise) seed

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Divaricatic acid from Evernia divaricata (lichen), recrystallized from acetone

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Crystallized melt of sulfur and acetanilide

Via Yahoo Green and Small World

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