This month we continue our annual celebration of beautiful images.
Here at Nature Methods, we have a deep appreciation for images — both for their ability to convey scientific concepts and sometimes just for their sheer beauty. One very enjoyable aspect of our jobs is selecting an image to feature on our cover each month. Occasionally, there may be some friendly competition as different team members pull for their favorites. But much of the time, we are largely in agreement on the most striking pick of the bunch up for selection — as in this month’s submission from Siyuan Rao’s group, depicting hydrogel-based optical fibers for long-term perturbation experiments on peripheral nerves in mice.
On this page, we highlight some of the top images from the 2023 Nikon Small World photomicrography competition. The winning image, featured in the top right corner, depicts a rodent optic nerve head with astrocytes (in yellow), contractile proteins (in red) and retinal vasculature (in green). The other competition images featured here are ones that also caught our eyes. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
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Art appreciation. Nat Methods 20, 1617 (2023). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41592-023-02093-6