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An X-Ray of a Stingray

The photograph above is an x-ray of a freshwater stingray species discovered in 2011 in the Amazon rain forest. The discovery was made by the research team of Nathan Lovejoy, a biologist at the University of Toronto in Scarborough; and Marcelo Rodrigues de Carvalho of the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil. The new species is known as Heliotrygon gomesi. Besides the pancake-like appearance, the ray is big, with slits on its belly and a tiny spine on its tail. 

Text Source, Photograph by Ken Jones


First Time Humans Saw the Structure of DNA - the photograph that revealed the Geometry upon which all Life is based.

Photo 51 is the nickname given to an X-ray diffraction image of DNA taken by Raymond Gosling in May 1952, working as a PhD student under the supervision of Rosalind Franklin. It was critical evidence in identifying the structure of DNA.

Working in the lab alongside Wilkins in 1952, Franklin had taken a startling, high-resolution photograph of a piece of DNA using X -ray crystallography, a technique whereby X -rays are shone on a crystalline structure (in this case, the DNA protein), to create a scattered reflection pattern on film.To the naked eye the photo looked merely like an X diced up into bits, but to Franklin it confirmed that DNA was a double-helix.

Photo 51 has an important place in history and has at least a claim to be the most important image ever taken.

2014 Winner of the “Wellcome Image” Awards: Bat.

Its creator, Chris Thorn, explained: “The X-ray image was made using minimal kV exposure with a micro-focus system. Exposure parameters were deliberately controlled to allow the complete natural form to be imaged, and to suppress invasive examination of the torso and cranial region”

Judges selected this image as they loved its classic horror like pose.


Our conservators took an X-ray of Francis Bacon’s Painting (1946), currently on view in the exhibition Solider, Spectre, Shaman: The Figure and the Second World War. Find out what they discovered

[X-ray image of Francis Bacon’s Painting. Photo: The Museum of Modern Art, Department of Conservation]