Best science images of 2008 (Wow, squid suckers!)

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Best science images of 2008 (Wow, squid suckers!)

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The Best Science Images of 2008 were announced at National Geographic, the squid suckers are awesome!

Little Shop of Horrors fans may see a resemblance to the bloodthirsty plant from the 1986 movie in the above electron micrograph image.

Drexel University doctoral student Jessica Schiffman won an honorable mention in photography in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge for capturing what’s actually an array of suckers found on the tentacles of a long-finned squid.

Each sucker–about 400 micrometers wide, or a little smaller than the width of a human hair–is surrounded with “fangs” of chitin, a hard organic material.

4 thoughts on “Best science images of 2008 (Wow, squid suckers!)

  1. gunterhausfrau says:

    “Visualizing the Bible” in the top ten science images?

    et tu national geographic?
    am I missing something? or do I need to dig out that picture of me (as a kid) sitting on santa’s lap and say it is scientific proof of Santa…

  2. Dave Bell says:

    Awesome photo, but dude! You must have some seriously coarse gorilla fur there! 400 microns is nearly half a millimeter, wider than the line surrounding this form box. 400 um is almost 16 thousandths of an inch, and typical human hair is about 1 thousandth…

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