Infinity Imagined
Multicellular Organic
Neural Network
Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere
270 K - 300 K
Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates

11th Prize - Alex H. Griman
Alex Kawazaki Photography - São Paulo, BrazilSpecimen: Pupil of a Macrobrachium amazonicum (freshwater prawn) (20x)
Technique: Stereomicroscopy

Thanks to Stanford University’s aptly named Clarity, scientists are now able to scan the brain for unobstructed views of neurons and their connections. In this scan, aided by a green fluorescent protein, one is able to see the axonal and dendritic branches of neurons within the hippocampus.

TEM of a section through a nerve fiber showing the axon bundle (Wellcome Images)

Synapse EM
This EM image reveals a synapse between an axon and dendrite. Note the presence of numerous synaptic vesicles and mitochondria in the axon.

Transmission electron micrograph of the mitochondria

SCIENTIFIC ILLUSTRATION:  NucleosomeThe Mediterranean Institute for Life SciencesSplit, Croatia
High resolution ray-traced model of a nucleosome, isolated on black.

A nucleosome is the basic unit of DNA packaging in eukaryotes, consisting of a segment of DNA wound in sequence around four histone protein cores.  This structure is often compared to thread wrapped around a spool.
Nucleosomes form the fundamental repeating units of eukaryotic chromatin, which is used to pack the large eukaryotic genomes into the nucleus while still ensuring appropriate access to it.  In mammalian cells approximately 2 m of linear DNA have to be packed into a nucleus of roughly 10 µm diameter.  
Nucleosomes are folded through a series of successively higher order structures to eventually form a chromosome; this both compacts DNA and creates an added layer of regulatory control, which ensures correct gene expression.
(Nucleosome - Wikipedia)

Saturn’s moon Rhea is held in the centre of the frame; Tethys moves behind it.  Photographed by Cassini, 8 July 2006.
Earth seen from the Moon by the astronauts of Apollo 11.
Earth seen by the GOES-14 weather satellite, May 22nd 2013.
Earth seen by the GOES-14 weather satellite, May 22nd 2013.
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