To win at the Nikon Small World in Motion competition, entries must not only be beautiful to look at but must also convey technical prowess and be information rich. The fourth-place winner in this year’s competition went to Dylan Burnette of Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine. Using differential interference contrast, Burnette obtained a 40X magnification of melanoma cells. They burst in a series of satisfying pops as each cell dies, with only some residue left behind.