Single-crystal magnesium oxide growing on magnesium (Image: Babak Anasori, Drexel University, Philadelphia)

Single-crystal magnesium oxide growing on magnesium (Image: Babak Anasori, Drexel University, Philadelphia)

Did You Know…

…that the Art World Has a New Genre?


At first glance, it looks like the colorful underwater world in a travel brochure for divers, with dazzling colors and squiggly shapes that many hobby marine biologists would expect to find in shallow tropical waters. But there are no coral reefs, sea cucumbers, or rare fish species, as one would expect at first glance. These are images that have one thing in common: They were all taken under an electron microscope.

The common laboratory term for this new genre is nano imaging. Whether it’s bacteria, polymers, or chemical bonds that become photographic art when you look through the microscope is secondary. Through the end of August, ZEISS is looking for the best nano artwork from around the world. Around 80 researchers have already submitted their photos.

Would you like to participate and win one of four cinemizer Plus video glasses? Then enter the ZEISS  Nano Image Contest with any image you have taken using a ZEISS electron or ion microscope. So you are not an artist, but an art enthusiast instead? Then take advantage of the opportunity to vote for your favorite photo by Sunday, September 12. This new genre has already gained quite a following in the laboratories.

10 August 2010

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