PHOTOS: Best Microscopic Images of 2008 Announced

PHOTOS: Best Microscopic Photos of 2008 Announced
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Fifth Place: Paper Chase

Although it looks like a close-up of a bag of grass clippings, Charles Kazilek's laser microscopic image of Japanese paper reveals just how randomly ordered even some of the plainest things are--especially when magnified a hundred times.

Kazilek studies both the art and science of fine papermaking at Arizona State University. Fluorescing as a result of the microscope's laser light, the "green" and "blue" fibers' compositions and structures are exposed.
—Photograph by Charles Kazilek/Arizona State University/photo courtesy of Nikon Small World
 
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