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A scanning electron microscope captured this image of the formation of calcium carbonate crystals.
A set of stunning photographs that reveal the natural beauty in science are set to go on show to the public.
The 100 incredible images are the shortlisted entries for the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition and highlight how important photography is for academics.
The shots form a dazzling display of the world's best scientific photography from various disciplines and from scientists all over the world.