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Posted: Feb 12, 2013

Spider skin image captures Grand Prize in nanotechnology image contest

(Nanowerk News) FEI today announced that Maria Carbajo from the Universidad de Extemadura, Spain, is the winner of the FEI Image Contest for her “Spider Skin” image.
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Texture of the skin of a spider, with a hair root and brochosomes from a leafhopper preyed upon by the spider. Image acquired using the FEI Quanta™ DualBeam.
María's entry shows the texture of the skin of a spider, with a hair root and brochosomes from a leafhopper preyed upon by the spider.
FEI has partnered with National Geographic on a upcoming giant-screen movie, titled Mysteries of the Unseen World. Look for Spider Skin to be featured on the National Geographic website.
In 2012 FEI invited owners and users of FEI microscopes to submit their best nanoscale images for a chance to win great monthly prizes. From over 230 high-quality submissions FEI selected 16 monthly image winners to compete for the grand prize of two airline tickets to a United States destination.
Here are some other contest entries:
Cupressus sempervirens pollen
Cupressus sempervirens pollen. (Courtesy of Riccardo Antonelli)
Image of a live caterpillar
Image of a live caterpillar. (Courtesy of Ken Bart)
Ichneumonidae larva mouthparts
This image is a closeup of mouthparts of a final-instar larva of Ichneumonidae (endoparasitic Hymenoptera) removed from its host (caterpillar). We can see the mandibles with the remains of its last meal (parts of its host), a pair of maxillas and labium. (Courtesy of Luciana Fernandes)
Source: FEI
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