The Strange Stories Behind the Year's Best Scientific Images

Researchers Kevin Mackenzie, Sergio Bertazzo and Zeynep Saygin all had winning entries in the 2014 Wellcome Image Awards, an annual competition dedicated to showcasing the year's most fascinating scientific images. Here, in their own words, is how they captured their subjects, and what their images reveal.


Can you guess the subject of this photo? (Hint: over half the US population consumes it every day.)

The Wellcome Trust — a London-based medical research charity — has just announced the winners of its 2012 image competition, and they are positively stunning. Take the scanning electron micrograph featured above, for example. Can you guess the subject of the photograph? It may be the most widely consumed psychoactive…