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Electron microscope

electron microscope is a microscope that uses a beam of accelerated electrons as a source of illumination. As the wavelength of an electron can be up to 100,000 times shorter than that of visible...

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I beat all those little guys!

I beat all those little guys!

I really am a winner!!

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Scary!

Scary!

Close up of an earthworm!

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15,000X Magnification!

15,000X Magnification!

This is a real photo taken with an electron microscope.glad they didn't catch anybody doing the deed.

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These guys don't look so mean!

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CAFFEINE CRYSTAL

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WHITE GRAPE

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TOMATO

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Octopus Suckers

Octopus Suckers

This is a slightly cropped version of an image that earned honorable mention, which also is a false colored electron micrograph, taken by Jessica D. Schiffman and Caroline L. Schauer of Drexel University. The color scheme was apparently provided by the movie Little Shop of Horrors and, for the right victim, these things are a source of horror: they're the suckers that line the arms of a squid, arstechnica.com

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The Glass Forest

The Glass Forest

Mario DeStefano of Naples was the winner in the photography section for this image, which he entitled The Glass Forest. The trees here are diatoms, unicellular aquatic creatures that fashion a cell wall from silica, rather than organic or calcified materials. Each of the fan-like diatoms is approximately 30 microns across, and they're growing on the surface of a marine invertebrate. The initial source was an electron microscope, so please recognize that the colors are supplied by DeStefano arstechnica.com

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Bluebottle Maggot

Bluebottle Maggot

A coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the head of a maggot or the larva of a bluebottle fly (Protophormia sp.) with tiny teeth-like fangs extending from its mouth. The maggots of this fly are used medicinally to clean wounds. The maggots are sterilised and placed in the wound, where they feed on dead tissue and leave healthy tissue untouched. Their saliva contains anti- bacterial chemicals which maintain sterility in the area. Maggots are used on ulcers and deep wounds away from organs or body cavities, most often being used to treat diabetic ulcers on the feet. www.telegraph.co.uk

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Snow Flake

Snow Flake

Snowflake under an electron microscope!

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There are several types of electron microscopes. This is a scanning microscope. A scanning EM shoots a focused beam of electrons at a target to produce images.

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Electron Microscope give us a glimpse of the tiny world that often goes unnoticed. It allows us to appreciate small wonders all around us. Here is a magnification of human eye lashes brought to you thanks to this awesome technology!

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Guess which one is salt and which is pepper.

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Pollen leaving a flower pedal. The ENEMY for those with allergies!

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Stunning shot of the different variety of sand. Something to remember next time you are at the beach.

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A little micro-organism that lives on your eye lashes!

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Kidney stone magnified

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I'm not a huge fan of insects, but kind of cute in a creepy way!

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The human iris magnified!

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