This year marked the 45th year of Nikon's Small World microscope photography competition, called the Photomicrography Competition, and the winners have just been announced. In order to be valid for entry, photographs must be taken using a light microscope. The subjects of the competition entries range from animal embryos to cells to plants, but they all have one thing in common: these are not things we can see with the naked eye. And they are absolutely beautiful. Here are the top twenty photos from the competition, in order. Enjoy.
Charlotte is laughing at you.
It's been a weird couple weeks in spider world. It seems like their intelligence has grown at an exponential rate and no one knows where it will end.
Scientists have discovered spiders that know how to parachute effectively and how to tie up stone in their webs, probably to drop on unsuspecting passerbys.
They've even started joining up by the hundreds of thousands to create masses mega-webs.
And now this.
Spiders have learned to read, then learned to write with their webs, then learned enough to understand the subtlety of Internet slang to throw shade at the world.
Our one savior is the cutest spider ever who we want to have as our Ninja Turtle friend.
At least we are still ahead of them. Facebook said that people aren't really using 'LOL' anymore, instead relying on more nuanced phrases like 'haha' and emojis.
Get with the times, spiders. You haven't caught up to us quite yet.
Maratus personatus. Remember that name. For that is the name of the cutest spider science has yet to find, maybe probably will ever find.
This tiny, striped, huge-eyed spider may just change the way we thing about the eight-legged crawlers. Just about everything from its appearance to its mating habits gives you more and more reasons to love it and love Jürgen Otto, the man who took the pictures.
Newscientist.com gives you all the information you need to jump on this bandwagon.
Officially named Maratus personatus (the species name derives from the Latin for masked), blueface belongs to the growing family of peacock spiders – dazzling little Australian natives that are just 3 to 5 millimetres long. As the name suggests, the males use vivid colours to attract females. But unlike other peacock spiders, the male M. personatus does not have a fan-like abdomen that it extends while trying to court females. Instead, it relies on its blue mask and the characteristic white banding around it to lure lady spiders.
It's mating ritual involves scurrying back and forth with two of its legs in the air, hoping to attract attention from females its bright blue Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles mask.
Do you want a video? What a silly question.
He should change his license plate to just say NOPE.
This massive spider could not have found a more inconvenient place to hang out, aside from on your face.
“Nothing worse than opening your car door and feeling something furry!” writes the uploader in the caption.
They found him just chilling beneath the handle, presumably when they stuck their hand up there to open it.
“It’s a bloody super spider,” he says. “Oh jesus!”
Fortunately, for everyone involved, it eventually plops down and scurries away.
Warning: This story might ruin your breakfast… forever.
A man in Wales recently picked up some bananas at a Tesco supermarket which turned out to be infested with spiders that can both kill you and give you a massive erection.
His wife opened the bag to find a cocoon of Brazilian Wandering Spiders (aka banana spiders) which are known to scurry around on the ground at night and hide in banana plants during the day.
They are considered the “world’s most venomous spider” by Guinness World Records, although there is an anti-venom available so not as many people die from their bites. Their bites have also been known to cause painful erections lasting several hours, and they are being studied as a potential Viagra alternative.
The cocoon started to hatch soon after she made the horrifying discovery.
“The spider cocoon started to unfurl so I put it in a sealed box and put it in the freezer as I read that that is supposed to kill them,” she said.
She then posted the photos to Tesco’s Facebook page for answers. The company told her to just mail in the wrapper so she could get a refund, but she was more concerned with not being attacked by the 8-legged killers than getting a few bucks back.
Tesco eventually asked her to bring the fruit back to the store so they could be investigated.
“We’ve apologized to Mrs. Layton and offered a gesture of goodwill,” a spokesperson said according to Yahoo.
A woman in England recently found a strange stowaway in her can of tuna fish, which turned out to be a tiny crab.
So now you can add bananas and tuna to the list of foods you are too terrified to ever eat again
She told him not to do that.
Magician Chris Ballinger recently performed an iPhone trick on YouTube comedian GloZell as part of his "Magic Mondays" video series.
The augmented reality app he uses on her, called My Pet Boris, makes it appear as though there is spider on your hand.
Watch until the end for a special surprise, and the best possible reaction from GloZell.
Arachnophobes and Weave-a-phobes beware.