Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Diatoms and Dinoflagellates

Dr. Paul Hargraves has been taking some incredible photos of diatoms and dinoflagellates, a single-cell type of algae from the oceans that is at the bottom of the food chain. With a scanning electron microscope, he can see these creatures that are not normally visible to the naked eye. The photos he takes come out in black and white only, but then his old college friend and artist, Fay Darling, takes the photos and colorizes them by hand, making them into amazing works of art.

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