Back in 1975, Nikon launched a contest for real photo enthusiasts under the telling title “Small World”, and eight years ago he received a new nomination “Nikon Small World in Motion”. The bet is placed on the search by the contest participants of such phenomena that cannot be seen in ordinary life. And the winners of this year surpassed the most ambitious expectations of the organizers, presenting excellent visualization of important scientific phenomena.
First place went to the team of scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who study how genome editing affects the development of sensory neurons. They took real live cells of the zebrafish as a sample and showed how neurons grow, move, search for each other and form a complex, effective interweaving – the future nervous system of the fish. Almost 16 hours of real time they managed to pack in an amazing 40-second video.
The second place was taken by engineers from the Israel Institute of Technology Technion. They “shot” the laser through the soap film and filmed a bizarre, even psychedelic video with interweaving of spots and rays. In fact, this is an excellent demonstration of how light makes its way through the complex structure of a soap film, and that the laser does not burn through it, but interacts with it according to the laws of physics.
In third place is almost a finished scene for a horror movie. Yes, it is alive, but what do you think – what makes this creature? The correct answer: digests food. And this is why this polychaete worm needs to pull its dorsal blood vessel for this purpose, only a specialist biologist will respond. However, the judges of the competition were impressed by what they saw without knowledge of such details.js.src = “//connect.facebook.net/ru_RU/sdk.js#xfbml=1&version=v2.8”; 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));