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The most incredible microscope images of 2016 reveal a beautiful, hidden universe

The most incredible microscope images of 2016 reveal a beautiful, hidden universe

Nikon Small World awards microscope photographer cash prizes for their best microscope pictures each year, and 2016 has brought some truly beautiful images.

Cosmic beauty. Delicate image of pollen grains on a Cosmos Bipinnatus anther. Also known as the Mexican Aster, this herbaceous plant can be found in warm gardens in a vast variety of colours. Credit: Jannicke Wiik-Nielsen/Science Photo Library

Delicate image of pollen grains on a Cosmos Bipinnatus anther. Also known as the Mexican Aster, this herbaceous plant can be found in warm gardens in a vast variety of colours.

Bat Tongue

Scientists have found that a species of bat uses blood flow to reshape its tongue while feeding. The quick dynamic action makes the tongue an effective "mop" for nectar and could even inspire new industrial designs.

Raphael Kim's rotifer farm

Raphael Kim's rotifer farm

Moon (Earth's natural satellite)

Moon (Earth's natural satellite)

Most Dangerous Creatures On Planet Earth - Page 13 of 29 - Travelwhip

Sand bees or ground bees burrow down into the soil to build their hives. This can make spotting them tricky and getting rid of them even trickier. It's hard to remove what.

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To avoid detection by predators, several species of butterfly larvae defecate by firing waste pellets at high speeds away from their homes.

Carpenter Ant on a wooden bench

dendroica: “ At Least It’s Small in Reality! (by sk_husky) ”

veiled chameleon tongue - Google Search

A panther chameleon eating a locust Wow! A DD, never expected that, thanks guys More chameleon images Other critters Lunchtime

Les Chenilles étranges de Igor Siwanowicz (5)

Les Chenilles étranges de Igor Siwanowicz

Les Chenilles étranges de Igor Siwanowicz (5)

Earthworm head, SEM

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a small annelid (segmented) earthworm, showing its mouth, and small clumps of setae (bristles).

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