Small World 2010 photomicrography winners

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6 Responses to “Small World 2010 photomicrography winners”

  1. Sapa says:

    Awesomeness I love these kind of peeks into a dimension we aren’t aware of

  2. Anonymous says:

    I guess “it was only a gnat”.

  3. IWood says:

    100x? Difficult to extract and eat that to gain the mosquito’s strength.

  4. Brainspore says:

    Now every time I look at the Golden Gate Bridge I’ll imagine all the cars are mosquito blood cells.

  5. Bavi_H says:

    100x doesn’t mean much to me unless the image is meant to be viewed at a specific pixel size on a specific monitor size. The information below suggests the width of the image is about 2.5 segments of a mosquito abdomen, or about 2.5 mm.

    This Vanderbilt University press release explains more about the image:

    The mosquito’s body lies horizontally with its head to the left. The heart is the narrow tube that runs horizontally across the middle of the picture. [...] The mosquito’s body consists of a series of segments and the [vertical muscles at the top and bottom of the image] are intersegmental muscles that hold the segments together.

    Wikipedia’s mosquito article says adult length “varies but is rarely greater than 16 mm”. If the mosquito diagram in that article is 16 mm from tip of probiscus to end of abdomen, then each segment is about 1 mm.

  6. Bavi_H says:

    D’oh. I meant the horizontal muscles at the top and bottom of the image. The press release says [emphasis mine] “the broad strips of muscle that run parallel to the heart are intersegmental muscles that hold the segments together” and the “vertical muscles at the top and bottom of the image wrap around the mosquito’s body and are called intrasegmental muscles”. I was confused and thought they were the same thing.

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