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National Geographics Best Science Images of 2007

A striking image of seaweed shows the complexity of even the simplest organisms. Seen here is Irish moss—Chondrus crispus—a common Atlantic red alga that is routinely harvested for its carrageenan. The chemical is used as a thickener in many processed foods. Andrea Ottesen of the University of Maryland’s Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture shared a first place prize