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2010-11-19 06:25:00

A close-up image of the eyes of a Daddy Longlegs has beaten out nearly 2,000 other life science-related microscope photos and movies to win the 2010 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, officials announced on Wednesday. The picture, which was taken by Dr. Igor Siwanowicz of the Max Planck Institute for Neurobiology in Munich, Germany, "showcases the bug-eyed splendor" of the Phalangium opilio, an arachnid species also known as a Harvestman, contest representatives said in a...


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