Looking at the World through a Microscope (Part I)
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When you get bored of looking at the world with your own eyes why not look at it trough a microscope?
It seems that there are two worlds – the world of huge things that we see everyday (a tree, a car, etc..) and a micro world of incredibly small things.
Just looking at the micro world takes our breath away – it’s incredibly rich, beautiful and active. I’ve heard that even science people after looking at the smallest corners of our world see a god here.
Red Blood Cells
(Bamboo leaf for Annie Cavanagh, Scanning electron micrograph Wellcome Images)
(Bamboo leaf for CDC/Janice Carr)
This scanning electron micrograph shows a few red blood cells (a.ka. erythrocytes) that have been magnified a little over 11,000 times. Being biconcave in shape allow RBCs to have a greater surface area and carry more oxygen through your body.
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Blood Clot Forming over a Wound
(Bamboo leaf for David Gregory&Debbie Marshall, Wellcome Images)
“Colour-enhanced scanning electron micrograph of a blood clot, with squamous tissue visible beneath. As a blood clot on a surface injury dries out it forms a protective scab over the wound allowing new skin to grow underneath.”
“For all those people who have ever wondered what an ant’s bottom looks like close up…”
Monarch Butterfly Wing
Electron Micrograph of Drosophila Fly’s Eyes.
The structure of the eye, similar to many other insects, is termed a compound eye and is one of the most precise and ordered patterns in Biology.
Puff Ball 248x
One of those little balls of fluff that float around in spring. (248x magnification)
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Copy Paper we use at Work
(Bamboo leaf for Jim Ekstrom)
“The paper that we use in copying work has a rough tangle of fibers.”
(Bamboo leaf for David Gregory&Debbie Marshall)
Electric Guitar String 80x
(Bamboo leaf for Scott Frankowski, UW Oshkosh)
Human Sperm Fertilizing a Human Egg
(Bamboo leaf for Yorgos Nikas)
“The sperm has fused to the egg cell membrane (oolemma) prior to becoming incorporated almost completely into the egg. The zona pellucida has been removed in this preparation. The surface of the egg is covered with dense microvilli. Once the sperm has fused to the egg cell membrane the “zona reaction” takes place which prevents other sperm from entering the egg.”
Split End of a Human Hair
(Bamboo leaf for Liz Hirst)
“Colour-enhanced scanning electron micro-graph of the split end of a human hair showing the outer cuticle layer surrounding the inner cortical layer.”
P.S.: it is possible to take microscopic photos yourself even with a point and shoot camera (set to MACRO FOCUS (MF) or flower) and of course a microscope. Check these microscopes at Amazon.