Dr E.J. Nicholls

Dr E.J. Nicholls

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A cross-section of a bacterial cell. (David Goodsell)

most people think the cell is a mostly-empty bag of water. It's actually teeming with activity! David Goodsell has done a brilliant job conveying a real cell.

Salmonella can survive weeks outside the body. This is actually a transmission electron microscopy image, which is similar to an SEM in that it uses electron beams but instead of scanning the surface of an object the beam passes through thin sections of a specimen.

Salmonella can survive weeks outside the body. This is a transmission electron microscopy image, similar to an SEM in that it uses electron beams but instead of scanning the surface of an object the beam passes through thin sections of a specimen.

"This model shows what a man's body would look like if each part grew in proportion to the area of the cortex of the brain concerned with its movement."

Motor homunculus: "This model shows what a man's body would look like if each part grew in proportion to the area of the cortex of the brain concerned with its movement.

Scanning electron micrograph of light receptors (rods and cones) in the eye. Rods are long nerve cells which respond to dim light, enabling images to be detected. Cones are shorter cells which detect color. Rods and cones pass visual signals through the optic nerve to the brain.  Credit: RALPH C. EAGLE, JR. /SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Scanning electron micrograph of rods and cones in the eye. Rods are long nerve cells which respond to dim light, enabling images to be detected. Cones are shorter cells which detect color. Rods and cones pass visual signals through the optic nerve to the

Anne Weston, TEM of rough endoplasmic reticulum from an acinar cell in the pancreas

Endoplasmic Reticulum are membranes that move proteins & other substances through a cell

At a synapse an electrical signal is transmitted from one cell to the next in only one direction. The nerve cells are green, with the pre-synaptic cell at lower right and the post-synaptic cell at upper left. Mitochondria are purple. Neurotransmitter chemicals from vesicles are red. Magnification 50,000x. Image by Science photo library.

Another false color electron micrograph of a synapse. The lower right teal circle containing small red circles is the presynaptic neuron; upper circle is the postsynaptic neuron.

Microscopic plant cells

Memory can be aided through beauty because it stimulates and encourages memory. 'Beauty in nature: microscopic plant cells' emphasises Patterns, texture, colour and can even evoke pattern inspiration.

Human liver cell (hepatocyte). Credit: Donna Beer Stolz, University of Pittsburgh.

Human Liver Cell (Hepatocyte) Image credit: Donna Beer Stolz, University of Pittsburgh