Science in itself is captivating and we love science as art, but these photos from the 2011 International Science and Engineering Visualization ChallengeÂ really drew us in.
Contest judges made their picks based on visual impact, originality and clarity. The winners, which include â€śpeopleâ€™s choiceâ€ť awards as well as honorable mentions, were published online Feb. 2 in the journalÂ Science. Here are some of our favorites via WiredÂ Science:
Mouse Eyeball Cells (above)
Researchers stained ultra-thin slices of a mouseâ€™s eye to create this first-place photography winner.Â The stain was made of three antibodies that bind to three different molecules present in all cells, but in differing concentrations.
Image: Bryan William Jones/University of Utah/Moran Eye CenterÂ
Breast Cancer Cells
In this illustration, breast cancer cells bear tentacle-like projections. An antibody designed to combat breast cancer, called TRA-8, floats in the foreground (green blobs). It earned an honourable mention.
Image:Â Emiko Paul/Quade Paul/Echo Medical Media/Ron Gamble/UAB InsightÂ
Cucumber Skin Barbs
Under 800X magnification, this honorable-mention-winning photograph shows toxin-filled barbs called trichomes on the skin of an immature cucumber.Â The trichomes bear sharp points to help protect the growing fruit from predators.
Image: Dr. Robert Rock Bellivea