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51 Stunning Photos From This Year’s Nikon Small World Photomicrography Contest

Enjoy the beauty of the world from a smaller yet compelling perspective.

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They say “the bigger they are, the harder they fall.” But in the world of photography, this doesn’t necessarily apply. Why? Well, simply because it’s all about the details. It’s what makes this art bloom to the nth level.

This is exactly what Nikon’s 2017 Small World Photomicrography competition wants to achieve. And yes, details are the main focus here. It’s about appreciating beauty from the smallest of perspectives. The competition basically involves all sorts of professionals from around the world – scientists, doctors, and macro photography enthusiasts.

As for this year’s competition, Nikon managed to include 2,000 participants from 88 countries. Photomicrography is simply the practice of taking a photograph using a microscope – or sometimes a similar magnifying tool. Its goal is to capture the intricate details of things that are invisible to the naked eye.

So, without further ado, here are the winners of the aforementioned Nikon competition.

#1. A jumping spider.

#2. The common body pain killer: Paracetamol.

#3. The head of a tapeworm found in pigs.

Source: Teresa Zgoda
#4. A living Volvox Algae.

#5. A mold on a tomato.

Source: Dean Lerman
#6. Plastic fracturing on a credit card.

Source: Steven Simon
#7. Immortalized human skin cells.

#8 Natural bridge (also known as Petiole Nodes) of an ant.

Source: Can Tunçer
#9. Traxacum Officinale or Dandelion.

#10.3rd trimester fetus Of megachiroptera.

#11. The skin of a sea-cucumber.

#12. Asiladae’s (rubber fly) eye section.

#13. Senecio Vulgaris seed head.

#14. A mineral called Pyromorphite.

#15. The eye of Opiliones or also known as Daddy Longlegs.

#16. A small moth.

#17. Moth eggs captured in a spider’s silk.

#18. Lily pollen.

#19. The abdominal proleg of a caterpillar.

Source: Dean Lerman
#20. Individually-labeled axons in an embryonic chick ciliary ganglion

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Expert Shares List of Upper Class vs Non-Upper Class Words to Help You Sound Classy

‘Toilet’ is still a no-no.

Our vocabulary can sometimes reveal things about us, like our social standing and our educational background. And although English is widely spoken, the use of colloquial slang and other terms can differentiate speakers of the language.

Etiquette expert William Hanson suggests that our vocabulary can be effective in revealing our social class. For example, for members of the upper class, the word 'lounge' is a no-no. They also prefer using the word 'dinner' to refer to an evening meal.

According to Hanson, the reflection of upper class social status lies in using English rather than Americanized words.

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Original Version Of “Little Red Riding Hood” Is Pretty Sick and Violent

Probably best not to tell the kids.

The grimmer versions of some fairy tales are nothing new. The colorful stories of princes and princesses that we know now today - some of them may not have had happy endings in their earlier drafts. They probably didn't even seem child-friendly back then. The story "Little Red Riding Hood," in particular, had darker versions that are best kept from the kids.

Little Red's tale goes back to 10th century France. It was told and passed around by peasants until it reached and enchanted the Italians. In the popular version known today, a little girl with a red hooded cloak is on her way to visit her grandmother when she is approached by a wolf. The wolf asks the girl where she is headed, and the child naively gives her grandmother's location.

The wolf then seeks the grandmother and eats her whole. He disguises himself as the grandmother and eventually eats the little girl, too. Later on, a male hero arrives and cuts the wolf's stomach, letting out the grandmother and the little girl unharmed. The two women put stones in the wolf's body so that when he wakes up, he will be unable to escape.

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11 Bizarre Ways Animals Defend Themselves

In the harsh landscapes of the wilderness, animals are forced to employ different tactics in order to survive.

In Biology, there is this thing that experts call “the fight or flight” principle. This is the unspoken rule of the animal kingdom that decides the survival of any living species in our ecosystem. It is unforgiving but it is the way of our Mother Nature and we can’t do anything about it.

In the harsh landscapes of the wilderness filled with all manners of creatures thriving to survive, some employ trickeries, while others are more straightforward. In this list, you will learn about some of the most bizarre ways of defense mechanisms in nature. From freezing frogs to downright exploding ants, prepare to get your mind blown by these strange defense mechanisms found in the animal kingdom.

11. Wood frog

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