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Da Vinci Science Center Opens 2013 Olympus BioScapes Exhibition

The national Olympus BioScapes 2013 visual exhibition has opened at the Da Vinci Science Center and will appear at the Center through May 7, 2014.

The gallery of winning entries of Olympus America’s digital imaging competition will be included with paid Da Vinci Science Center admission or membership entry. The annual BioScapes contest recognizes the world’s finest microscopic still images and videos of human, plant, and animal subjects captured through light microscopes of any magnification and any brand. Olympus America is headquartered in Center Valley, Pa.

First Place in the 2013 BioScapes contest was earned by Igor Siwanowicz, a researcher from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, Va., for his image of a floating humped bladderwort plant.

The aquatic carnivorous plant digests microinvertebrates that are sucked into its trap a millisecond after they touch its trigger hairs. These traps also provide a microhabitat for single-cell green algae, predominantly desmids, which are visible in the winning photo.

Winning images from Olympus BioScapes Competitions travel throughout North America for display. The Da Vinci Science Center has hosted the 2006 and 2008-2012 BioScapes exhibitions.


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