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Hairs on leafThe 2005 Novartis and The Daily Telegraph Visions of Science Photographic Awards, supported by the Science Photo Library, produced some colorful and eclectic art-meets-science winners this year. Contest entries came from professors, doctors, researchers, scanning electron microscopists, artists, photographers and students.
This photograph does not portray orange starfish on a rocky seabed, but rather tiny star-shaped hairs on a plant's leaf. The hairs, called trichomes, can help stop insects from feeding on the leaf and prevent some water loss.