Life captured through a lens always commands a certain amount of intrigue; however, these pictures let you explore a world as you've never seen it before.
Taking different items, from everyday objects to the more exotic, these photographers showcase the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope for the Nikon Small World competition.
Now in its 35th year, the Nikon photomicrographer entries make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science. Here are the top 20winners.
Sarfaty from Israel took this very different look at a rusty old coin with a 40X zoom.
Israel Veterinary Association, photo courtesy of Nikon Small World.
Tools designed to ensure computer code in smart cars does not crash has been inspired by hungry penguins.
The rounded sleeping capsules send guests drifting into ocean before arriving on desert island by morning.
Sitting on the saddle activates the part of the brain responsible for learning, a study has claimed.
Scientists are appealing for more people to donate their brains for research after they die.
Life on Earth may have arrived from Mars on an asteroid, scientists have claimed.
Lunar mission scheduled at the end of 2017 could find out if beer can be brewed on the moon.
A bottle used to teach children how far litter can travel ended up on Scottish beach after 8,700-mile journey.
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