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The pictures look surreal. Check out the eyelashes.



Feeling chipper, the little wood ant caught bringing science to life



By Graham Smith
Last updated at 2:01 PM on 8th October 2010
Quite what this industrious little wood ant is planning to do with this microchip is not known, but how appropriate it is that he appears to have a scientific interest.
Because the insect features in a stunning new book featuring the art of the coloured scanning electron micrograph - in the case of this chap magnified 22 times.
Microcosmos takes readers into a secret world of extreme close-ups. Some subjects have been magnified by as much as 22million times.
Detailed descriptions of the subjets are contained within. The wood ant, for example, is a social creature, and acts as a slave for the blood-red ant Formica sanguinea.

Holding steady: The wood or heathland ant holding a microchip in its toothed (serrated) mandibles. The wood ant is social, and acts as a slave for the blood-red ant Formica sanguine

Inseminated females of the blood-red ant invade wood ant nests, steal the pupae, and the ants that hatch are made to work for the strange queen.
Compiled by London-based science author Brandon Broll, Microcosmos takes a piercing look at the everyday in six sections including Zoology, The Human Body and Botanics.
Another fantastic picture is the piece of small household dust below.
It has been magnified 115 times, but it contains long hairs such as cat fur, twisted synthetic and woollen fibres, a pollen grain, plant and insects.

Colourful clutter: Magnified 22million times, this microscopic photo is of household dust containing long hairs such as cat fur, twisted synthetic and woollen fibres, a pollen grain, plant, serrated insect scales and insect remains. It comes from Microcosmos, a new book which takes readers into a world of extreme close-ups


Taken by over 30 'microscopists' using a variety of powerful microscopes, the book charters a voyage through a miniature world showing the unlikeliest parts of our lives in minuscule detail.

Readers can view extreme close-ups of items including ladies' tights, the surface of the human tongue and the beautiful scales on butterfly wings.
Also included in this weird and wonderful selection of images are a rusty nail and cut human hair on a razor blade.

Close encounter: Nylon hooks and loops interweave to form the material more commonly known as Velcro


Electronic wizardry: This photo - or, more precisely, scanning electron micrograph (SEM) - is of the surface of a silicon microchip

The spectacular visuals were captured using a variety of traditional light-based microscopes, powerful scanning electron microscopes which bombard the subject with electrons and build the image using a computer and transmission electro microscopes.
South African Broll, who specialises in science and health writing, said: 'The book will show readers the beauty of what is too small to see with the naked eye.

'The majority of the 203 images are from scanning electron microscopes, and this is the reason the book is so visually stunning.



Cosmic: What may look like a filmmaker's vision of an apocalyptic world is actually a cigarette paper. The blue crystals are additives that keep the lit cigarette burning by producing oxygen


'Light microscopes and transmission electron microscopes require that materials be sliced thinly, or trapped under glass before being examined.

'In contrast, the scanning electron microscope reveals a world familiar to the way we naturally see things, a world with outer surfaces and in three dimensions.'
The other three sections, 'minerals', 'technology', and 'micro-organisms' delve deeper into the tiny world existing under our noses.

Microcosmos is published by Firefly Books later this month.


Magnified seed: Perhaps not as surprising as some of the photos, this microscopic shot is of human sperm


Enlarged 21 times: This colourful flower is actually of fimbriae, a fringe of tissue, of a Fallopian tube



Raised eyebrow: Eyelash hairs growing from the surface of human skin.... magnified 50 times


Another world: A clutch of butterfly eggs sits on a raspberry plant


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The weave of ladies' nylon stocking tights (left) and the scales from the wing of a peacock butterfly (right)



You wouldn't want to meet a mosquito that looked like this. Fortunately, the insect's head has here been magnified 160 times



Vegetable world: Actually looking like you would imagine it to, this is the head of a cauliflower



Contagious: A human head louse clings to a strand of hair


A corroded surface of a rusty metal nail appears like an alien environment when enlarged 600 times





The tip of a hummingbird's tongue (left) is one of many photos taken by 30 'microscopists' and compiled in new book Microcosmos by science author Brandon Broll




Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencete...#ixzz11rACc46c
post #2 of 11
cool pics.
post #3 of 11
really amazing.... thanks
post #4 of 11
Great Pics!
post #5 of 11
That's pretty awesome.
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Originally Posted by hookinfinger View Post
The pictures look surreal.

Enlarged 21 times: This colourful flower is actually of fimbriae, a fringe of tissue, of a Fallopian tube



A fantastic collection of pics.
The pic of the fallopian tube tissue reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings.
Since I was a boy, size relativity has fascinated me.
post #7 of 11
Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by lichum View Post
A fantastic collection of pics.
The pic of the fallopian tube tissue reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings.
Since I was a boy, size relativity has fascinated me.


I stayed in her room at a hotel in Taos (she wasn't there)
post #9 of 11
Im not goin without Kelley and the behbeh.
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I remember when I first started working w/ electron microscopes. I was used to the magnifications afforded by light microscopes and had a grasp for the scale. However, I was awed by the ability to increase magnification by orders of magnitude by a mere click of a button. You can easily get lost scale-wise because your mind can't comprehend magnifications that extreme. Beautiful pics!
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Originally Posted by lichum View Post
A fantastic collection of pics.
The pic of the fallopian tube tissue reminds me of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings.
Since I was a boy, size relativity has fascinated me.



Maybe that's a pic of 'ol Georgia herself....
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