scinerds: Intricate Salt Grain A grain of salt took first prize in Swansea University’s 2012 Research as Art competition. This close-up look came from a laboratory study of the salts that form on jet turbines in midflight.
2011 runner-up: "A Year in the Life Of..." (Matt Carnie, College of Engineering). "The image represents just over a year's worth of research into Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells (DSCs) for my EngD. Each one of the objects in the image is an individual DSC or a component of DSCs and each has collectively been subjected to thousands of hours of testing and measurements."
Fractured River of Ice by Adrian Luckman: Glaciers form where snow and ice accumulates in sufficient quantities for it to flow under the pressure of its own weight. This is Kronebreen, the fastest-flowing glacier on Arctic Spitsbergen.
'Finding needles in four-dimensional haystacks' by Ed Bennett (Physics). Each cube represents the same moment in time, of a space times smaller than an atom, in a theory describing interactions of elementary particles.