These Close-Up Science Pictures Make Beautiful Artwork

24/09/2015 2:41 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST
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Victor Anggono

Ever wanted to see a really close up picture of an activated platelet attached to a malaria infected red blood cell? Yeah -- neither did we.

That was until we saw some of the pictures submitted to the 2015 National Health and Medical Research Council 'Science to Art' Awards -- which are, quite frankly, mind-boggling.

For those not familiar with the Awards, they are dedicated to recognising outstanding artworks which have arisen from research funded by NHMRC. That's right -- the gorgeous images you'll see below are also actually part of real-life medical research. (Is it just us or does anyone else feel lazy right now?)

The artworks range from close ups of a healing heart to colon crypts to something called CDX macrophages -- which may or may not mean anything to you.

But while you may not appreciate what "ominous glia" is referring to -- we reckon you'll appreciate the image it's referring to.

Enjoy.

Second runner up:

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"Making new connections" by Ariadna Recasens.

First runner up:

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"Egg-samining an intradermal injection" by Alexandra Depelsenaire.

Winner:

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"In search of memory" by Victor Anggono.

And though the below didn't nab a place, we think they're still pretty amazing.

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"CDX Macrophages" by Darren Brown.

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"Activated platelet attached to a malaria infected red blood cell" by Andreas Greth.

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"A hairy deviation" by Stefano Meliga.

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"Prostate fireworks" by Roger Bourne.

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"Finding connections" by David Manser and Nicholas Blair.

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"All aboard the glial train" by Claire Hadrill.

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"Controlling growth" by Ilaria Stefani.

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"The healing heart" by Fabian Friedl.

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"Illuminating the dark side of colon crypts to elucidate the secrets of inflammatory bowel diseases" by Fernando Souza-Fonseca-Guimaraes.

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"HIV Filopodia" by Stuart Turville.

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"Ominous Glia" by Edgar Dawkins.

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"Painting with stem cells to repair the brain" by Christopher Turner.

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