A recent exhibition, LABSCAPES – Views Through the Microscope, presented photographic works by 29 researchers at Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

The minute details that cannot detected by the naked eye served as the source of inspiration for the exhibit: micro and nano-scales, tiny animals, crystals, cells, bacteria, viruses, molecules and single atoms.

Anat Har-Gil, the exhibition curator, stated, “The idea behind “LABSCAPES” is that at first glance the spectacular pictures appear to be something familiar from nature, but upon reading the caption accompanying each image, the viewer discovers that the beautifully landscaped pictures are really something different, unusual and unexpected.”

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MOUNTAIN RANGES. Minute nano-diamond crystal seeds formed via electrical discharge in the laboratory of Prof. Alon Hoffman of the Schulich Faculty of Chemistry.

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FURROWS. Light patterns that form spontaneously when a light beam passes through a nonlinear medium. Photographed through an optical microscope.The Research Group of Distinguished Professor Mordechai (Moti) Segev, from the Department of Physics.

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BOUQUET OF ROSES. Magnesium hydroxide particles, prepared by a hydrothermal process. Photographed through a scanning electrons microscopy (SEM) by Dana Katz,  the Research Group of Yaron Paz on Photocatalysis and Thin Films, at the Wolfson Department of Chemical Engineering.

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FALL. A network of micro and nano-fluidic channels in polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS). Photographed through an epifluroescence microscope. Merav Karsenty and Nadya Ostromohov, from the Microfluidic Technologies Laboratory headed by Assistant Professor Moran  Bercovici, at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering.

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GALAXY. Electron diffraction with five-fold rotational symmetry from the icosahedral phase. Photographed through a transmission electron microscope (TEM) by Nobel Prize Laureate and Distinguished Professor Dan Shechtman, Department Of Materials Science and Engineering.

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FOSSILS. Small hollow metal cylinders that collapsed while in a strong electromagnetic field. Zeev Levinger and Prof. Daniel Rittel, Zandman Chair in Experimental Mechanics of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The LABSCAPES images were taken through a diverse range of microscopes by Technion researchers working in the different areas of exact sciences, life sciences, engineering, and medicine, and can be viewed in full in this video.