Science as Art

Liz Girvan is a microscopist at the University of Otago. Doing microscopy well takes practice, so Liz makes sure she builds in some ‘play time’ every week. During one of her ‘play’ sessions on the SEM, Liz took an image of some tin spheres of different sizes. These were nothing special in themselves – just a series of objects of known size that are used to calibrate the microscope (check that it’s providing accurate size measurements). Yet by tweaking the settings, she produced an image that gets people talking about what it could be. It won an image competition at Dunedin School of Medicine.

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