I discovered this species of mycobacteriophage (a virus that infects mycobacteria) in 2013! Its name is IntrepidT (after a book that I was embarrassingly into my freshman year of college…) and I found it chillin’ out in some dirt near a parking lot at UC Santa Cruz. (electron microscope image).
Standard ink fingerprints of an adult male koala (left) and adult male human (right). Bottom row: Scanning electron microscope images of epidermis covering fingertips of the same koala (left) and the same human (right).
Source: Macie Hennenberg, et al. and naturalSCIENCE
Beautiful ceramics? Nope. Butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant, of course!
Oh man, these electron microscope images, featured in the Telegraph recently, are just mind blowing. Nature’s structures are nothing less than awesome, as is the technology that enables us to study them this closely.