Each year Nikon runs their “Small World in Motion” competition, selecting favorite movies or digital time lapse series taken through microscopes. Winners, “are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.” As a former bio-imager, the leaps in technology continue to astound me, and this year’s set of winning videos are gorgeous (last year’s here, and 2015’s here).

The winning entry, from Philippe P. Laissue, shows an emerging coral polyp surrounded by algae:


After years spent developing live cell imaging methods for mouse embryos, the 5th place movie, from Kate McDole and Phillip Keller is a great example of how far imaging technologies have come since my primitive laboratory days. Beautiful stuff.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He serves on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


1 Thought on "The Marvelous Microscopic World in Motion"

Well, now that I know moss piglets can be cannibals, I’ve lost all remaining hope for the world.

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