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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

25 scientific images so gorgeous you can't even handle it

Written by Jefferson Reid

If you think microscopes and scanners can't produce beautiful art, you're so, so wrong.

Every year, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology runs the BioArt contest. Researchers worldwide submit images culled from their latest projects, and the winners are as gorgeous as they are scientifically significant.

For example, studying infant nutrition is a beautiful thing, in both the literal and figurative sense at the Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center. Dr. Xiawei Ou's team used diffusion tensor imaging tech to non-invasively capture this multi-colored marvel, a 3-D visualization of brain nerve fiber bundles interconnecting.

Click here to see all 25 pictures.