COOL IMAGES: Artful Science

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Science  03 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5373, pp. 7a
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5373.7a

No monarch butterfly alive is as punked out as this one, made by adding color to a digitized black-and-white scanning electron micrograph (SEM). But one can forgive such embellishments, for the results—about 40 images displayed by University of Hawaii, Manoa, microscopist Tina Carvalho on a Web page she calls MicroAngela—turn SEMs of tiny creatures into a feast for screen-strained eyes (www.pbrc.hawaii.edu/bemf/microangela/). Among the offerings are a fat, purple-spotted aphid, a rainbow-colored copepod, orange spinnerets on a spider, and brushlike gecko toes in blue. Says Carvalho of the more fanciful hues (the monarch was actually black): “This is my creative release from being a logical scientist.”

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