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This month in pictures

There is art in science and science in art — here we’ve put together some of the most inspiring science images published in our journals this month.

MOF boxes

What might look good as a minimalist shelving unit wouldn’t be able to store much; these metal-organic framework (MOF) crystals are barely a micrometer across. What they can do, though, is serve as useful precursor materials before annealing with Co@N‐doped carbon composites.

Intestinal organoids

This stunning image shows a differentiated organoid with immunofluorescent staining for F-actin (green), nuclei (blue), and paneth cells (red), a marker of intestinal gland, or crypt, formation. Understanding of the mechanical dependence of crypt architecture is necessary to instruct homogenous, reproducible organoids for clinical applications.

Filter forests

What looks like morning dew on a tree branch are in fact particulate matter from smoke captured on the nanofibers of a renewable air filter material.The innovation here isn’t the ability to filter particulate matter, but to make the filters themselves sustainable and renewable, using less energy-intensive manufacturing processes and raw materials.

Imaging a broken heart

This image is a computer-generated 3D reconstruction based on CT scans of a mouse heart. Researchers developed computer‐assisted cardiac cavity tracking (CACCT), which can detect the connections between cardiac cavities and identify complicated cardiac malformations in mouse hearts automatically.

Micro mazes

f you’re privileged enough to have an exceptionally large garden, the image above might not be a bad design for your hedge maze. Thankfully, though, some advances in science can be a great social leveler, as this particular maze is only a few hundred micrometers in size.
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