Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge 2008

Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation are pleased to present the winners and honorable mentions in the sixth annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge. This year, the contest drew 181 entries from 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia and 20 countries. The winners — in categories including photography, illustration, informational graphics, and multimedia — captured the crystalline beauty of diatoms, the expanse of the human circulatory system, a fairy tale tea party re-invented, and the dynamic life of a plant cell.The picture shows the winner photograph by Mario De Stefano (Second University of Naples). He used a scanning electron microscope to capture images of the diatom Licmophora ehrenbergii from the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Italy.

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