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.
Second runner up:
First runner up:
And though the below didn't nab a place, we think they're still pretty amazing.