How Astonishing Zika Virus Images Were Made With a Nobel-Prize Winning Technique

Pretty Scientific is a new Gizmodo series where we explore how the best images in science were created and why. Read More >>

These Are the First Colour Images Ever Produced By an Electron Microscope

Electron microscopes are renowned for their ability to peer down into the hidden world of the very small. Trouble is, these tools only produce images in black and white. A new technique that took 15 years to develop finally overcomes this optical limitation, producing the first ever multicolour electron microscope images. Read More >>

Our Best View Yet of Molecules Moving Inside Living Cells

A new microscope developed by the Marine Biological Laboratory in Chicago is allowing scientists track the position and orientation of individual molecules in living cells. It has the potential to reveal unknown aspects of molecular behaviour, including those that turn cells into agents of disease. Read More >>

How a Flu Virus Invades a Cell

Researchers from the University of Washington are the first to visualise the insidious way that the flu virus latches onto a cell and ploughs its way inside, causing an infection. Read More >>

The Best Biomedical Images of the Year Reveal the True Beauty of Biology

Every year, the Wellcome Trust rounds up the best biomedical images of the last twelve months as part of its Image Awards. This year, the pictures are a reminder of just how beautiful biology can be. Read More >>

This Pen-Sized Microscope Could Spot Cancer More Quickly

The process of identifying cancer — from taking a sample of a tumour to getting the results back from a laboratory — can be long-winded. This new hand-held microscope could instead help doctors identify cancer cells in just a few moments. Read More >>

New Imaging Technique Shows How Complex Molecules Buck and Twist

It’s becoming gradually easier to see what molecules look like up close, but seeing how their shape changes in real-time is still incredibly hard. Now, a new technique allows scientists to see how molecules change their shape over the course just trillionths of a second. Read More >>

This Microscope Creates Near-Real-Time Nanoscale Videos of Chemical Reactions

It’s relatively easy to create highly detailed images of even molecule-sized structures if you can keep them still; if they move, you’ve little chance. Now, a new kind of microscope is allowing researchers to create video of nanoscale processes in near-real-time. Read More >>

The Best Microscopic Images of 2015

Nikon’s Small World Competition is back for another year of rounding up the best microscopic images from boffins the world over. The results are strange and beautiful insights into to world beyond our puny human vision. Read More >>