Stunning RMS images revealed


Rebecca Pool

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 21:45
Image: Light microscopy winner; sol-gel process particles [Claire Trease].
Following its largest Scientific Imaging Competition yet, the Royal Microscopical Society is showcasing the winners from more than 230 submissions.
Announced at mmc2017, stunning images from light, electron and scanning probe microscopy categories, as well as the video category, are all shining examples of the beauty of microscopy.
"This competition goes way beyond 'coffee table' pictures and this makes it special," highlights Professor Chris Hawes, RMS Executive Honorary Secretary. "We look for images that have a scientific quality as well as outstanding aesthetic appeal."
First prize in electron microscopy life sciences went to Steve Gschmeissner for his bacterial culture from a mobile phone.
Bacterial culture from a mobile phone, Steve Gschmeissner.
Meanwhile, first prize, for electron microscopy physical sciences went to Amir Tavabi and colleagues for a zeroth order diffracted intensity of a structured electron beam, generated using a focused ion-beam-prepared holographic aperture. 
Zeroth order diffracted intensity of a structured electron beam, Amir Tavabi and colleagues.
First prize for light microscopy in the life sciences was an image of the brain of the marine planktonic Salpiasis Cylindrica, captured by Mohammad Mofatteh.
Brain of Salpiasis Cylindrica, Mohammad Mofatteh.
The sample was stained with antibodies against serotonin (green) and tyrosinated-alpha-tubulin (red) and the nuclei marker DAPI (blue).
Claire Trease won first prize in light microscopy physical sciences, for her image of sol-gel process particles in a colloidal solution, that had been converted to form a solid network (gel).
Sol-gel process particles, Claire Trease.
In the image, a spin-coated liquid film was covered by a glass slide before solidifying air displaced the sol, forming the viscous fingers pattern.
First prize for scanning probe microscopy went to Sandip Kumar for an image of dingle LH2 nonamer rings; defects are visible and single subunits can be seen.
 Dingle LH2 nonamer rings, Sandip Kumar.
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