Photos that capture the inner workings of a rat brain, an oyster toadfish and crystalline “flowers” of cobalt pyrite were among the winners of the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Cool Science Image contest, announced today.
Above, Borago officinales, also known as borage and starflower, can be grown as an annual herb. Gardeners will often grow Borage because its bright flowers attract bees, who can help with pollinating the rest of the garden.
This image -- captured with a scanning electron microscope-- shows cobalt pyrite, a metallically conducting material. False color was added to highlight the natural beauty of these flower-like structures.
The sound-producing muscles of the oyster toadfish, Opsanus tau, are the fastest known twitching vertebrate muscles at 200 times per second and are used by males to produce a foghorn-like sound to attract females.
The picture depicts a flower of Miconia friedmaniorum, a shrubby member of the family Melastomataceae and known only from cloud forests of Costa Rica.
This series of pictures illustrates the process for making restorative prosthetic devices. The first step is to create a mold replica of the unaffected right hand. A symmetric hand for the affected side is created. Then 3-D printing helps create a physical model of the prosthetic left hand. Finally, a highly skilled anaplastologist creates a mold and gives the prosthetic left hand realistic features by sculpting texture and matching skin color.
This image shows a piece of rat brain cortex cultured in a petri dish.
Moss capsules are where spore production takes place. The teeth-like structures in the center (the peristome) control the release of the spores.
This is an electron micrograph of the element molybdenum. The image resembles a satellite view of Antarctic icebergs. Initially black and white, the image is false-colored.
This image shows cellulose nano-fibers marked with a fluorescent stain. When dried, the fibers produce fascinating geometric, crystallized patterns. This image resembles a surreal, microscopic city skyline.