scanning electron

Produced by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), under a magnification of 25,000X, this digitally-colorized scanning electron microscopic (SEM) image depicts numerous filamentous Ebola virus particles (blue) budding from a chronically-infected VERO E6 cell (yellow-green).

Ebola is one of numerous Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers. It is a severe, often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (such as monkeys, gorillas, and chimpanzees).

Ebola is caused by infection with a virus of the family Filoviridae, genus Ebolavirus. When infection occurs, symptoms usually begin abruptly. The first Ebolavirus species was discovered in 1976 in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo near the Ebola River. Since then, outbreaks have appeared sporadically. See the Flickr link for additional SEM NIAID Ebola virus imagery.

Spinning Hats, Kirsten Owen for Yohji Yamamoto, 1987

I have always loved when science is a driving force behind art. This image of the beautiful Kirsten Owen shot in 1988 wearing a huge sun hat by Yohji Yamamoto ( so big that if you bought one from the shop, the box was so big it would not fit into a taxi or domestic car! ) I was in love with the work of photographer Harold Edgerton who worked in the USA in the 1930s. He pioneered the use of strobe flashes and is the man best known for his frozen bullet and apple picture. However, he also used stroboscopic photography, where quickly repeated flashes would show every step of an action, swinging a golf club, a ballerina pirouetting, ( look at the work of Gjon Mili! ) etc all on the same frame. Scientific photography, whether it is X-ray photography, or images from an electron scanning microscope, has fuelled my work as it shows the world in ways we don’t see it - this has always been my raison d’être for making images. - Nick Knight