The Art of Science is an annual competition for scientists to submit images that manage to both be aesthetically pleasing and to convey a scientific message or principle. Entries have varied wildly in the past - take a look at last year's entries below or earlier.
This year, in addition to the Faculty of Medical and Veterinary Sciences, we have opened the competition up to all of the Faculty of Science. We welcome entries from all the sciences in this faculty including non-medical and non-veterinary sciences such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, geographical sciences and biological sciences. Be as creative as you like!
The deadline for submissions is Friday 7 November at 5 pm. For each submission (maximum three per person), please fill in this form (PDF, 303kB), and either email it with the image to email@example.com, or bring the image on an external storage device, with the completed form, to C.47 in the Medical Sciences Building.
Images must be at least 300dpi to ensure a high quality exhibit. Each image will also need to be accompanied by a short caption and title separate to the image, which you can include on the attached form.
The exhibit this year will take place in late November (exact date and venue to be announced), with a prize giving and refreshments. As with every year, there will be great prizes for the winners and runners up. The winning images will also be made into the highly sought after Art of Science calendar, which will go on sale shortly after the exhibition day.
Microtubules (green) and actin (red) are two components of the intracellular architectural network, the cytoskeleton that structure cells. This is a butterfly-shape cell displaying various transport vesicles (red & green) in an exoskeleton-like manner.
This is an image of a HeLa cell stained for actin (grey) and the cell nucleus (red). While imaging I stumbled across this cell with an unusual heart shaped nucleus. HeLa cells are the oldest and most commonly used immortal cell line; this immortality is reflected in the title "My Heart Will Go On".
This microscopic fluorescent image of the fruit fly's circulatory system shows how the tubular heart (green) is suspended within the body by fan-like muscles radiating outwards. Special excretory organs (red) that lie along the heart capture toxins from the body fluids as they circulate. The genetic material is labelled in blue.
The type III secretion system (T3SS) is a molecular syringe that many pathogenic bacteria use to cause disease. Reconstructed in three dimensions using electron microscopy.
Picture generated by Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) of the zebrafish eye epithelium suffering secretion defects from inside to outside of the cell. Large proteins, such as collagen, produced inside the cell are not able to move out and is stocked up under the cell membrane. This forms a tower within the characteristic maze pattern of the zebrafish skin, which streamlines the fish.
DNA gels are a routine technique used in biochemistry to separate DNA fragments by their size. We took the idea of visualizing DNA on a gel and etched the familiar shape of the DNA double helix into the surface. We 'loaded' the gel with a DNA and fluorescent ethidium bromide mix to produce the DNA helix made of DNA!
This crepidula fornicata (sea snail) embryo is undergoing spiral cleavage from 4 to 8 cells. The DNA is shown in blue and the mitotic spindle in yellow.
Two 400 µM thick slices of live brain tissue in an electrophysiology recording chamber. This set-up enables us to record the electrical activity of neurons, in this case from the hippocampus, a structure thought to be involved in learning and memory.
An artistic representation of a hot air balloon (transport vesicle & Golgi apparatus).
The rod and cone photoreceptors are not the only cells in the retina required for visual processing; here a section of retina is stained to highlight amacrine, bipolar and ganglion cells which also play important roles.
A stellate cell from the mouse somatosensory cortex, which receives information about whisker movement, has been fluorescently labeled. You can see the pipette tip patched on to the cell body with all the cells projections, including the tiny spines, clearly visible.
Diatoms are ubiquitous algae that sheath themselves in a silica shell. This 'glass house' can be isolated by digesting diatoms with hydrogen peroxide. This electron micrograph shows individual diatom shells trapped within the digested organic matrix. One diatom is in the centre, how many others can you spot?