Living Large: microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places

The latest Scientific American [v. 312, no. 1, Jan. 2015] has an article about microscopy: Living Large: microscopes find beauty in the most unexpected places by Kate Wong

Stunning Images from the 2014 Olympus BioScapes International Digital Imaging Competition

BARNACLE APPENDAGES

The pesky white crusts that collect on boat hulls conceal remarkably intricate creatures, as this photograph of a barnacle’s legs reveals. Neurobiologist Igor Siwanowicz of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute produced the image by removing the animal’s soft tissues and staining the remaining exoskeleton with dyes that bind to a polymer known as chitin. “I was always fascinated with the diversity and versatility of crustaceans’ appendages—the filter-feeding legs of barnacles are just one example of what can evolve from the common ancestral limb design,” he observes.