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Micro-CT scan shows mason bee in unprecedented detail

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 00:53

Award-winning Spanish microtomographer releases his latest stunning images - micro-CT scans of the humble mason bee. Jim Drury reports.

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This is the mason bee as never seen before. The micro-CT scans were produced by award-winning microtomographer Javier Alba-Tercedor. The University of Granada zoology professor uses a SkyScan 1172 scanner to produce pinpoint images. Microtomography is a non-invasive technique used to generate high-resolution images. Mason bees are named for their habit of nest-building using mud or masonry products. Effective pollinators, they do not produce honey or beeswax. The scans won Alba-Tercedor 'Best Picture Award' at a recent micro-CT scan contest in Brussels.

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Micro-CT scan shows mason bee in unprecedented detail

Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 00:53