The annual Art of Science Competition highlights the creativity that goes into the scientific output of our academic community, drawing from the best images and movies that have been created by our students and staff over the past year.
This year's results were announced on 21 November 2012, and the winning and runner-up entries of the image category, and the winning entry of the film category, are shown below:
Life science researchers use this piece of lab equipment regularly to separate and identify different proteins. The blue dye added to indicate how far a protein has moved down a gel does not usually spell out words!
This image shows a cross-section through a zebrafish tumour. Cancer cells are coloured green and immune cells (white blood cells) are coloured red. Notice how the over growth has led to a swirling vortex of cells.
Researchers often need to study how different cells communicate with each other. This image shows prostate cancer cells (blue and pink) moving past non-cancerous cells (green). The cancer cells interact intimately with the non-cancer cells, which in turn stretch and pull on their surroundings to create archways that the cancer cells can travel through.
The path of a rat is tracked as he forages for food in a circular arena. The arrows indicate which way he was facing. He often ‘drew’ pictures for me as he explored his environment.
A wintry impression of an intestinal wall, stained green. This view reminded the researcher of Christmas trees in winter and added snow and baubles with Photoshop software.
Thermal imaging is used to detect infrared radiation, which allows us to visualize variations in temperature. Heated reagents are added to a cool conical flask to make a buffer solution.
I took this picture of my colleague at a conference. I was trying to capture the concentration that is needed for these long science events – they really can be an exercise in endurance...
An image through a brain, showing neurons in red, and associated cells - astrocytes, in green.
Peter Mitchell (1920 – 1992) won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1978 for his groundbreaking discovery of how living cells produce energy. Conducting most of his research from a converted manor house in Cornwall, Mitchell’s chemiosmotic theory revolutionized the field of Biochemistry and has given a huge clue to how life on earth first began.
This is a negative image of a cervical lymph node.
This image shows CO2 bubbling through a flask. The researcher uses CO2 extensively to temporarily stun fruit flies and sort them under the microscope.
Sometimes experiments seem to eat up your reserves. This image is a representation of that feeling. The skirted Barb has been stained to identify areas of bone and cartilage in the study of joint formation. The one day old zebrafish embryo has been added using Photoshop software.
Imaging of cells deep within tissue is usually very challenging and requires sophisticated equipment such as two-photon microscopes.
We combined a method that makes organic material transparent. Thereby, we can image (ie astrocytes and their association with blood vessels shown here) four times deeper and at far better detail in the brain than with standard immunohistochemistry and microscopy.