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Bringing the Micro To Life - Amazing!

Bringing the Micro To Life
There is a universe everywhere we look.
Microcosmos takes readers into a secret world of extreme close-ups, with some subjects have been magnified by as much as 22 million 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.
photo of ant holding a micro chip

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


microscopic photo of household dust

Colourful clutter: Magnified 22 million 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


microscopic photo of nylon

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


micrograph photo of a silicon microchip

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


microscopic photo of a cigarette paper

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


microscopic photo of a human sperm

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


microscopic photo of a tissue

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


microscopic photo of an eyebrow

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


microscopic photo of  butterfly eggs

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


microscopic photo of weave of a stocking

The weave of ladies' nylon stocking tights


scales from the wing of a peacock butterfly

The scales from the wing of a peacock butterfly

microscopic photo of a mosquito

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


microscopic photo of a cauliflower

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


a human head louse clings to a strand of hair

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


microscopic photo of rusty metal

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


the tip of a hummingbird's tongue

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




Submitted by: Lara C.

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