Bright brain cells
The brain cells shown in the images above may play a role in the formation of new memories, and therefore the knowledge gained through studying them could help to diagnose, monitor or treat Alzheimer’s disease.
BBSRC-funded researchers at the University of Leeds have been looking at these brain cells to help them understand the biological events that lead up to people developing Alzheimer’s disease.
Copyright: Danielle John, University of Leeds
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Sticky glands from a Cape sundew
Drosera capensis, or the Cape sundew, is a carnivorous plant covered with sticky tentacles. Insects become trapped in the sap-covered tentacles and activate the plant’s touch response, called thigmotropism. Within thirty minutes, the sundew rolls its leaves towards its center, ensnaring and enveloping its prey in digestive juices.
Image by José R. Almodóvar, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez.
A stunning corn variety selected by Carl Barnes, a part-Cherokee farmer and breeder, from several traditional corn varieties. Gifted to NS/S by one of his students, Greg Schoen. Produces a diversity of gorgeous translucent, jewel-colored ears, each one unique. A popcorn, the kernels may be ground into cornmeal or popped. This corn became an Internet sensation in 2012 and continues to delight gardeners around the planet. Approx. 6.5g/50 seeds per packet.
To read the story behind this magnificent corn, check out this Native Seeds Blog post.
All photos shown here are copyrighted by Greg Schoen and used with permission.
Mia Jane-Harris creates absolutely stunning close-up photographs of medical specimens of human cadavers in her series “Your Corpse is Beautiful” and shows us just how beautiful death can be.
Galactic Moon eclipse captured by Babak Tafreshi. Take time to look at this image, and you’ll notice several large emission nebulae with vivid red color, details of the Milky Way and lots of stars.
High-magnification cross section of an aloe plant
Aloe has been used for thousands of years—tracing all the way back to Egypt 6,000 years ago—to heal wounds and burns. This particular micrograph shows cells from Aloe erinacea, an aloe plant native to Namibia that is endangered due to habitat loss. Large, blue cells in the center are called xylem: they conduct water from the roots to the leaves. The small, circular clusters of cells are called phloem: they transport food made by the leaves to the rest of the plant.
Image by Anatoly Mikhaltsov.
Botany is beauty. ~AR
Springfield? Photos & Gif By David Hanjani
Color Jag. Photo By David Hanjani
Bread in decomposition for almost a month. Various fungus growing. Ph: Mine, NATALIA ROCA (flavors.me/nroca)