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Over the last few years, researchers have published atomic structures of numerous complicated protein complexes. a. A protein complex that governs the circadian rhythm. b. A sensor of the type that reads pressure changes in the ear and allows us to hear. c. The Zika virus.

Here’s what the images that just won the Nobel prize in chemistry look like and why they’re so transformative

Cryo-electron microscopy makes biological molecules like proteins, DNA, and RNA visible in ways scientists previously thought was impossible.

These award-winning microscope photos reveal a bizarre universe just out of reach

To honor the beauty of microscopic photographs, the Nikon Small World contest awards the most impressive micrographs captured by scientists and hobbyists.

This origami microscope costs less than $1 to make

The Foldscope is printed in pieces on a sheet of perforated waterproof paper. It can be assembled in 10 minutes and provide 140 times magnification.

These 20 images just won the world’s most prestigious microscope photo contest

Judges for the Nikon Small World contest just deemed these 20 images the best microscope pictures of 2016.

Crusty, dried-up coffee looks beautiful under a microscope

Nikon Small World awards microscope photographers cash prizes for their best pictures each year, and 2016's contest brought an amazing shot of a coffee stain.