Take a close look at the picture above.
What do you see?
A work of art? A piece of jewellery?
I see a jewelled icon. Like something biblical or religious, maybe from over a thousand years ago. From medieval times, perhaps, and made of jewels, enamels, gold, silver, pearls, mother of pearl.
Something out of this world, and yet it also reminds me of the Virgin Mary somehow. I don’t know why. Perhaps it’s that I almost expect to see her represented in the centre, after all, it does seem to depict layers of auras, haloes with rays of light emanating from the core.
The detail is incredible, the beauty, wonderful to behold.
Go in close with your zoom. Look at those gorgeous rich pink, green and gold colours. And the intricate patterns. Has it got something to do with the sea? A shell, maybe?
Have you worked out what it is yet?
It’s something that exists inside you and me.
It’s the most detailed image of a human cell ever obtained to date, using x-ray radiation, nuclear magnetic resonance and cryoelectron microscopy (whatever they are).