TOP TEN PHOTO GALLERIES: Most Viewed of 2008

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3. Best Science Images of 2008 Announced

Under intense magnification, a long-fin squid's suckers--each no wider than a human hair--resemble the leafy star of Little Shop of Horrors.

This electron-micrograph image may have only won an honorable mention in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, but thanks to enthusiastic bloggers, these suckers were the breakout stars of National Geographic News's gallery of the contest's highlights, posted on September 25. Among the other marquee attractions: a bugged-out take on the Mad Hatter's tea party and a "glass forest."

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—Image courtesy Jessica D. Schiffman and Caroline L. Schauer; Drexel University
 
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