This video is the winner of the 2011 Nikon Small World in Motion, a competition created as a response to the new trend in digital photomicrography of recording movies. According to Nikon, the movies were judged on whether they were visually outstanding as well as their ability to depict the intersection of science and art.
In the video you can see an exposed 72-hour-old chick embryo placed under a stereo microscope. A needle filled with ink is inserted into the artery. The ink that gently flows from the needle into the vasculature is followed by time-lapse microscopy. “This movie not only demonstrates the power of the heart and the complexity of vasculature of the chick embryo, but also reflects the beauty of nature’s design,” said pathologist Anna Franz, creator of the video.