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Metabolomic Eye

Skin of an Immature Cucumber

The Cliff of the Two-Dimensional World

Tumor Death-Cell Receptors on Breast Cancer Cell

Variable-Diameter Carbon Nanotubes

Exploring Complex Functions Using Domain Coloring

Separation of a Cell

Gaming for science

Powers of Minus Ten

The Ebola Virus

First place in the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge in the Photography category went to a detailed picture of the tissue from the eye of a mouse. University of Utah Moran Eye Center professor Bryan William Jones used a technique called computational molecular phenotyping (CMP) to delineate the different types of cells from a tiny slice of a mouse's eye.
Caption by / Photo by Bryan William Jones, University of Utah Moran Eye Center
Photographer Robert Bellinveau used a polarizing microscope to get a 800 times magnification of trichomes, a defensive tip of young cucumbers. His work got an honorable mention in the Photography category.
Caption by / Photo by Robert Belliveau
It looks like the side of a mountain from Utah but it's actually tiny layers of titanium-based compounds. The team of photographers was able to capture this level of detail, with each strip only five atoms thick, in two dimensions for the first time, according to the journal Science.
Caption by / Photo by Babak Anasori, Michael Naguib, Yury Gogotsi, Michel W. Barsoum, Drexel University
This illustration depicts a dangerous-looking breast cancer. It was modeled in 3D software and painted in Photoshop. The green globs on the bottom left show a protein treatment which can shut down and kill cancer cells.
Caption by / Photo by Emiko Paul and Quade Paul, Echo Medical Media; Ron Gamble, UAB Insight
Illustrator Joel Brehm creates the perspective of being within an array of carbon nanotubes, which are too small to see with the naked eye. He drew from the work done at the University of Nebraska in making variable diameter carbon nanotubes, which could be used for antennas or electronics.
Caption by / Photo by Joel Brehm, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
This image is a visualization of a complex math problem. Each complex number in an equation is a color, and the farther they are from zero (the white area), the brighter the picture. The idea is to show the differences between complex numbers.
Caption by / Photo by Konstantin Poelke, Konrad Polthier of Free University of Berlin
Cell division is taught early on in biology but it's most often depicted in two dimensions. This illustration is an effort to create a more realistic three-dimensional image.
Caption by / Photo by Andrew Noske and Thomas Deerinck The National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research; Horng Ou and Clodagh O'Shea, Salk Institute
Foldit is a computer game where people try to visually construct proteins that could be useful to medical research. Gamers, who don't need to be trained scientists, compete to make a protein from amino acids.
Caption by / Photo by Foldit
Using a video game, students can delve into the biology under the skin. The students start at the skin on the hand and then enter a cell, then animated chromosomes and proteins. The developer hopes to refine the game so that students can visually see things at the atomic level, according to Science.
Caption by / Photo by Laura Lynn Gonzalez, Green-Eye Visualization
Certainly not the prettiest sight, but one that reflects the complexity of the Ebola virus. This 3D model, put together by Russian-based group Visual Science, reflects the complicated structure of the virus.
Caption by / Photo by Ivan Konstantinov, Yury Stefanov, Alexander Kovalevsky, Anastasya Bakulina of Visual Science
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