3 July 2012

Seeing as if for the first time

'Tis not unlikely, but that there may be yet invented several other helps for the eye, as much exceeding those already found, as those do the bare eye, such as by which we may perhaps be able to discover living Creatures in the Moon, or other Planets, the figures of the compounding Particles of matter, and the particular Schematisms and Textures of Bodies.
-- from the Preface to Micrographia by Robert Hooke (1665)  

The image shows spherical colonies of Nostoc commune, a bluegreen alga. A darkfield illumination by Gerd Guenther. It is one of the prize winners in the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition.

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