25 Everyday Objects Under an Electron Microscope

 
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    March 13, 2012 at 5:24 am

    You come into contact with millions of different objects every day. Many of those everyday objects are so small that you don’t even realize you’re interacting with them, but when we look at the world around us on a microscopic level, a whole new universe reveals itself. Fortunately, the photos in this gallery were taken using an electron microscope, which is the most powerful microscope known to man, and with it we can see everyday objects in a way we’ve never seen them before. Here are 25 everyday objects under an electron microscope:

    Dust

    electron microscope image

    Human Hair

    electron microscope image

    Cracked Steel

    electron microscope image

    Human Tongue

    electron microscope image

    Ant

    electron microscope image

    Artery & Red Blood Cells

    electron microscope image

    Brain Cells

    electron microscope image

    Cake Sprinkles

    electron microscope image

    Dust Mite

    electron microscope image

    Flea

    electron microscope image

    Guitar String

    electron microscope image

    Human Fingerprint Ridge

    electron microscope image

    Life Saver Candy

    electron microscope image

    Maggot

    electron microscope image

    Mosquito

    electron microscope image

    Needle & Thread

    electron microscope image

    Pollen

    electron microscope image

    Salt & Pepper

    electron microscope image

    Snow Crystals

    electron microscope image

    Spider

    electron microscope image

    Sugar

    electron microscope image

    Toilet Paper

    electron microscope image

    Velcro

    electron microscope image

    A Leaf

    electron microscope image

    Nerve Ending

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    4 Comments
    1. m Jahangir says:

      it is horrible to see the detailed read face of every day objects. let us leave this job to the researchers and enjoy the pleasant looks

    2. Revolutionary! These must be the first color images from an ELECTRON microscope that anyone has ever seen. All previous generations of electron microscopes had a problem that they couldn’t see colors because the use electrons INSTEAD OF LIGHT, so color information was lost.

      Or… these are just beautiful images from optical microscopes :)

      • As I understand it, the color is added in after the photograph has been taken, but most of them attempted to emulate the actual colors of the objects.

        • Lawry says:

          John Ward here in the labs at CSIRO has been making coloured electron microscope images for over 20 years. CSIRO developed an attachment for scanning electron microscopes that assigns colours to regions in the image as it is viewed. Many of Johns images are far better than the above with wonderful colours.
          http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread595994/pg1
          etc
          Having said that many other people post colour the SEM images with software.

     
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