Image of the Day: Cellular nest

Credit: Mariela Loschi/Nikon Small World 2013

Cells are our friends, because without them, we'd all fall apart into puddles of mostly water. In this picture, you're looking at the nucleous of a cultured kidney cell inside a tangle of microtubles made out of proteins. The protein filaments help the cell to take care of business, including things like cell division and cell locomotion (in case the cell wants to go on vacation or something).

This picture is part of the Nikon Small World microphotography competition, which has a deadline of April 2014. So, whip out your microscope and start looking for very small things to take pictures of, and have a look at some of the previous winners for inspiration.

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Via New Scientist

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