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via infinity-imagined:        Neurons growing in a cell culture        These time lapse animations use phase contrast microscopy to show neural stem cells in a nutrient medium for 4 hours.  They reveal the dynamic growth and recycling of dendrites and synapses as neurons establish relationships with each other.  The social behavior of these cells creates the incredible properties of the mind and brain.        Credit: University of Victoria Medical Sciences

via infinity-imagined: Neurons growing in a cell culture These time lapse animations use phase contrast microscopy to show neural stem cells in a nutrient medium for 4 hours. They reveal the dynamic growth and recycling of dendrites and synapses as neurons establish relationships with each other. The social behavior of these cells creates the incredible properties of the mind and brain. Credit: University of Victoria Medical Sciences

Human blood cells, coloured scanning electron micrograph. Seen here are platelets (small, roundish) and a neutrophil white blood cell (large, whitish).

Human blood cells, coloured scanning electron micrograph. Seen here are platelets (small, roundish) and a neutrophil white blood cell (large, whitish).

Micro CT scan of the interior of two mating fruit-flies. The male is on the left; the female on the right.

Micro CT scan of the interior of two mating fruit-flies. The male is on the left; the female on the right.

Schistosome fluke. Coloured SEM of a schistosome (Schistosoma sp.) fluke worm, a cause of schistosomiasis in humans. This parasitic trematode (flatworm) lives in the veins around the large intestine, anchoring itself to the wall of the blood vessel with several suckers (one seen at centre), and feeding on its host's blood. The worms cause fever and abdominal pain, and the eggs produced by the female worm can form obstructions of tissues known as granulomas.

Schistosome fluke. Coloured SEM of a schistosome (Schistosoma sp.) fluke worm, a cause of schistosomiasis in humans. This parasitic trematode (flatworm) lives in the veins around the large intestine, anchoring itself to the wall of the blood vessel with several suckers (one seen at centre), and feeding on its host's blood. The worms cause fever and abdominal pain, and the eggs produced by the female worm can form obstructions of tissues known as granulomas.

Could the tardigrade, or "water bear" be an extraterrestrial? http://aquaviews.net/explore-the-blue/bizarre-sea-creatures-tardigrade/

Could the tardigrade, or "water bear" be an extraterrestrial? http://aquaviews.net/explore-the-blue/bizarre-sea-creatures-tardigrade/

Blood clot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a blood clot from the inner wall of the left ventricle of a human heart. Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are trapped within a fibrin protein mesh (cream). The fibrin mesh is formed in response to chemicals secreted by platelets (pink), fragments of white blood cells. Clots are formed in response to cardiovascular disease or injuries to blood vessels. Connective tissue (orange) is also seen.

Blood clot. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a blood clot from the inner wall of the left ventricle of a human heart. Red blood cells (erythrocytes) are trapped within a fibrin protein mesh (cream). The fibrin mesh is formed in response to chemicals secreted by platelets (pink), fragments of white blood cells. Clots are formed in response to cardiovascular disease or injuries to blood vessels. Connective tissue (orange) is also seen.

From Wilson Bentley's lifelong obsession with perfectly capturing and cataloguing photographs of every variety of snowflake.

From Wilson Bentley's lifelong obsession with perfectly capturing and cataloguing photographs of every variety of snowflake.

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