Can You Guess What This Is?

I know what you're thinking--you're thinking that the image above is a wonderful macro shot of some grass clipping. No--it's a shot of Japanese paper made with a laser microscope by Charles Kazilek of Arizona State University. The image was one of the winner of this year's Small World Photomicrography competition (which is sponsored by Nikon). The laser caused the paper fibers to fluoresce in green and blue shades. The image below, by Albert Tousson of the University of Alabama, shows a petal of

I know what you're thinking--you're thinking that the image above is a wonderful macro shot of some grass clipping. No--it's a shot of Japanese paper made with a laser microscope by Charles Kazilek of Arizona State University. The image was one of the winner of this year's Small World Photomicrography competition (which is sponsored by Nikon). The laser caused the paper fibers to fluoresce in green and blue shades. The image below, by Albert Tousson of the University of Alabama, shows a petal of a lily of the valley magnified 1,300 times. Again, the laser light from the microscope causes some wild colors to emerge. The red structures are the cell walls, and the green/yellow thingies are starch molecules.--David Schonauer