Colonial rotifers showing eyespots and corona, magnification 200x – 500x. Screenshot of video by Ralph Grimm, Jimboomba, Queensland, Australia. First Prize, 2012 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging CompetitionĀ®. www.OlympusBioScapes.com

Live mushroom coral Fungia sp. Close-up of mouth during expansion. Green color is bright autofluorescence. Photo by James Nicholson, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Sixth Prize, 2012 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging CompetitionĀ®. www.OlympusBioScapes.com

Nature is infinitely fascinating. Maybe that’s because it’s so complex – we know we can never understand everything about it.

And that’s just what we can see! The microscopic parts of our world are being revealed more and more as technology improves. These types of insights have led to many biomimetic applications such as mimicking the surface of the lotus leaf, butterfly wing scales, and moth eyes.

Journey into that microscopic world by visiting the gallery of images and videos from the 2012 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition.

 

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