Life , under the microscope

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    Photos Life , under the microscope

    "Wretched beasties moving about very nimbly"

    This is what Anton van Leeuwenhoek said about the creatures he saw in his 1670s microscope. The "Father of Microbiology" made over 400 different types of microscopes and discovered bacteria and spermatozoa, among other things.... among many, many other things. All these "beasties" live in enchanting world and can sometimes look very cute and photographers keep discovering new angles and frontiers of their microcosm.

    For a number of years [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] revealed to the world the intricate and highly-sophisticated wonders of the micro-world...

    The "Fairy Fly" wasp (left) and some iridescent part of the aptly-named "Jewel Beetle":

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    Lobster Eggs:

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    Left: Live Daphnia... and the portrait of a fly (with a swanky hairdo):

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    Larva of Brachiolaria looks like a wannabe squid:

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    Peeking inside the wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata) -

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    The eye of the honeybee (left). And the flatworm on the right seems to have a face. Pretty morose kind of face:

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    Soap bubbles on the left look somewhat like Mandelbrot set, and Actinoptychus heliopelta on the right looks remarkably like a mandala:

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    Best Microscope Photos, according to Nikon Small World and National Geographic

    Sponsored by Nikon, the annual [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] showcases "the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope." See all the winners and honorable mentions [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], and also [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on National Geographic.

    Nanotube Factory:
    "Nanotubes are elongated, hollow cylinders of carbon atoms, just 1/50,000 the width of a human hair... Sometimes, the heated mass of nanotubes grows like a bulb in the spring."

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    Photograph by Paul Marshall/National Research Council Canada /courtesy of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    Drug Landscape:
    The antibiotic powder mitomycin - "viewed through polarizing filters, the drug gave off colors that reveal its complex crystal structure."

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    A Chick Embryo:

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    Photograph by Thomas Pais de Azevedo of Lisbon, Portugal/photo courtesy of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

    And if you (like us) can't get enough of microscope photography, then this link is for you: the gallery of photomicrographs by year dating back to 1977! - [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Another great set of microscope photos is [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - "Zoomified", by Tracy E. Anderson.

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    Images of Pollen

    Rippel Electron Microscope Facility shows images of Ipomea purpurea (Heavenly blue morning glory) pollen - see [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], including three-dimensional ones.

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    Truly a heavenly mix:

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    Extreme Zoom! Nano-scale Explorations

    A scanning tunneling microscope (based on the concept of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]) and Field Ion Microscopy Systems allow us to see individual atoms ([Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is a good article about it) The first images of atomic structures were published as far back as 1951.

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    Field Ion Microscope also allows to sharpen metal tips (usually tungsten needles) to the ultimate degree - producing The Sharpest Manmade Thing:

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    What you see is a tip of that needle: the small round objects are individual atoms.

    For those who love retro hardware: Soviet early-60s Electronic Microscope (featuring an electron gun) -

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    Bugs on Chips: Microelectromechanical systems [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] are almost nano-scale micromachines... Here microscope photography helps to establish the size of these machines, compared to less than 1mm mite, or a mite's leg:

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    Is this a microscopic Hong Kong? -

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    No, this is so-called Bosch process plasma etchings - image done for The 50th International Conference on Electron, Ion and Photon Beam Technology, see previous entries [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Frog Embryos:

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    Microscopic frost accumulating on a blade of grass -

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  2. pacman88's Avatar

    pacman88 said:

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    Amazing pics
     
  3. tiggerbiker's Avatar

    tiggerbiker said:

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    simply mindblowing images
     
  4. kracken's Avatar

    kracken said:

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    That "sharpest man made thing" doesnt look that sharp to me lol
     
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    dpSparhawk said:

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    Stunning shots!