These beautiful images are the award winners from the Olympus BioScapes Imaging Competition in 2012 captured by life-science researchers. Above, a cluster of spore-filled reproductive units and the specialized protective hairs around it. Photo by Igor Siwanowicz.
Red algae’s reproductive machinery. Photo by Arlene Wechezak.
Claw of a crustacean showing the muscles inside the claw and rows of pigment cells inside the shell. Photo by Christian Sardet and Sharif Mirshak.
22 images were stacked to get this picture of a single-celled green algae from a lake. Photo by Rogelio Moreno Gil.