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Teeny Tiny Art

While some believe that bigger is better, scientists at the University of Wisconsin think bitty is beautiful. They have assembled a collection of colorful microscopic photos — of cells, molecules and nanoscale structures — to be displayed as art in an exhibition in Wisconsin.

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Terry Devitt, director of research communications at the University of Wisconsin, says it "seeks to expose the often underappreciated creative and visual nature of the scientific enterprise. Microscopy and other forms of scientific imaging have undergone a revolution in recent decades, and structures that were once hidden have come into full view with the aid of modern technology."

Telescopic images of the cosmos are hugely popular. But the Wisconsin scientists suggest that the tiny structures composing the cosmos deserve a closer look, too — literally. Here's a selection of images from their collection, "Tiny: Art From Microscopes at UW-Madison."