2012 Labby Image Finalists

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August 8, 2012

2012 Labbies | Video Finalists | Image Finalists

See the finalists for best image and vote for your favorite!

Giant Unilamellar Liposome

Credit: Luis Bagatolli

Luis Bagatolli, a biophysicist at the University of Southern Denmark, captured this image of a giant unilamellar liposome (40 µm in diameter) using laser scanning confocal fluorescence microscopy. The liposome is composed of ceramide, cholesterol, and the glycerophospholipid POPC. The star shaped region is formed by a ceramide-enriched two-dimensional crystal embedded in the lipid bilayer.

Water Bear

Credit: Eye of Science / Photo Researchers, Inc.

This color enhanced scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a water bear (Macrobiotus sapiens) was captured by Eye of Science—a two-person team of photographer Oliver Meckes and biologist Nicole Ottawa. Water bears are tiny invertebrates that live in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats such as lichens and damp moss.


Credit: Ahmad Salehi

This high resolution image of the hippocampal region of a mouse model of Down syndrome, submitted by Stanford University neurobiologist Ahmad Salehi, was featured on the cover of Biological Psychiatry. Salehi investigates the role of the degeneration of cholinergic neurons, which help regulate learning, memory, and attention, in Down syndrome.

Electric Ray

Credit: Hari Mohan Saxena

This photograph of an electric ray was snapped by Hari Mohan Saxena in November 2011 during a visit to the Seattle Aquarium in Washington State. Saxena is a professor of immunology at the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary & Animal Sciences University in India, and likes to practice nature photography as a hobby.

Luna Moth

Credit: Ted Kinsman / Photo Researchers, Inc.

This scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the antenna of the Luna Moth (Actias luna) was taken by scientific photographer and high school physics teacher Ted Kinsman. The antenna of A. luna, a moth native to North America, is one of the most sensitive chemical detectors known in the insect world.

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Avatar of: rosinbio


Posts: 117

August 9, 2012

I prefer the photo of the water-bear, because it is one of the strangest looking organism imaginable!

August 10, 2012

Avatar of: Diana Lillig

Diana Lillig

Posts: 1

August 14, 2012

It is a great image, but might need to check with Seattle Aquarium about the ray. I don't think there are any electric fish on display.

Avatar of: Star Bear

Star Bear

Posts: 1457

August 14, 2012

Yay for the waterbear!

Avatar of: Samcornwell


Posts: 2

August 14, 2012

OK, I'm going to ask a serious question now. This is not a joke or a wind up. Is that water bear thing a real photo of a microscopic thingymajig? It looks to me like someone has dressed up in a suit that I can only compare to a vacuum cleaner bag and is waving around green towels. It looks, dare I say, manufactured.

Even so, real or a set up, it's my favourite picture. Great tonal range, incredibly weird and beautiful colours.

Avatar of: Siera Hansen

Siera Hansen

Posts: 1457

August 14, 2012

It's a tardigrade, can withstand the vaccume of space. Fitting it looks like it's wearing a space suit even though it's not. http://woldbiology.edublogs.or...

August 14, 2012

I agree - doesn't look real, but it's my fav too.

Avatar of: Miriam Goldstein

Miriam Goldstein

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

I don't have any inside knowledge of this particular photo, but water bears are totally real! Their scientific name is "tardigrade" and they are found in fresh water (and some in salt) all over the world. They have even been sent to space. Super cute, aren't they? Here's a lab that works on them & has more pics & videos (the PI is no relation to me): http://tardigrades.bio.unc.edu...

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Gail Lucas

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

Love the water Bear and do not care real or fake its cute.

Avatar of: Edward R. Mikol

Edward R. Mikol

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

If the water bear is real, it's my pick.

If bogus, then the mouse hippocampus, which looks like a scene from Dr. Zhivago.

(Has anyone examined DNA remnants to see if Down's Syndrome might be a genetic "throwback" and not a "mistake" and that perhaps the Neanderthals were all what we would call "Down's Syndrome" children?)

Avatar of: Hari Mohan Saxena

Hari Mohan Saxena

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

It is a genuine photograph of a real aquatic organism (identified as an electric ray fish by a fisheries biologist) photographed by me at the Seattle Aquarium in November 2010. The colors are natural and such intricate details of the structure from the usually hidden ventral view make it a rare photograph. You are free to check with the aquarium staff on duty during that period whether this organism was present there or not. But please dont mislead others with doubts which are not supported by hard facts.

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Kerine Elmer

Posts: 1457

August 15, 2012

I have seen water bears with the naked eye.
We used to find dry moss and make it wet to see them wriggle, they look like 1-2mm long caterpillars and I always knew them as 'moss piggies'.
The featured one looks AMAZING in the photograph!!

August 15, 2012

I voted for the water bear. Anything that gives credence to the theory of panspermia gets my vote!

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Michael Hissom

Posts: 1457

August 16, 2012

The electric ray looks a lot more like a skate to me...

Avatar of: Jared


Posts: 1457

August 16, 2012

The colors are all fake. Scanning Electron Microscope photos come out black & white - although have great resolution. Many of them are artificially colored in post-processing so they 'pop' more and look good.

Avatar of: Samcornwell


Posts: 2

August 16, 2012

Thank you Jared. Perhaps the added use of colours make the image look suspect / too clean.

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Gidget Gonsalves

Posts: 1457

August 17, 2012

It looks like it has a skeleton,& a face! It looks very interesting to me.

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Monica Lam

Posts: 1457

August 18, 2012

Water bear is real and it's cooler than a honey badger! It does not give a shit about being in space, it justs comes right back. =)

Avatar of: d_thottungal


Posts: 2

August 18, 2012

Down's syndrome is an extra chromosome (trisomy 21) and not Neanderthal derived. They were actually fairly bright. More info if you want.

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Leah de Jager

Posts: 1457

August 19, 2012

I think Diana's comment was fine. She wasn't misleading anyone. She wasn't saying "what I'm saying is fact". She was just saying "I think I'll have to check up on this before I completely believe it". There's nothing wrong with that. That doesn't have to be supported by anything. Absolute statements need to be supported by hard facts - it's fine to express a doubt.

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Alex Odd Rituals

Posts: 1457

August 19, 2012


here you can see how it looks for real.

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Shirl Parker

Posts: 1

August 19, 2012

The Water Bear photo makes you think "Science Fiction" may turn out to not be fiction after all.

August 20, 2012

Children and adults with Down syndrome (as this is a science-related site, let's be accurate here and spell it correctly and use the preferred people-first language) are extremely bright in many ways too. The whole point of the Down syndrome Mouse Model is to increase brain function and it is all pretty amazing.

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