The World Under a Microscope

There are things we never think about. Or, at least, not enough. Things that some of us ignore or never knew they existed. Maybe because we don't have access to them or just because we are not interested in finding out more about life.

We use cotton clothing, but how many of us are really interested in where the fancy t-shirts come from?

We eat honey, but without knowing many things about the life of a busy bee.

Bee hive

We look so rarely at the sky that we miss amazing and weirdly shaped clouds traveling above the earth:

Weird Shape Cloud

and we forget that beyond the clear sky lies this wonderful and sparkling night:

And some are not blessed to enjoy snow, but the ones who do, sometimes don't realize that snowballs are made of fragile, little stars:

And this is how a microbe looks like!

I recently discovered Microcosmos - the amazing compilation of Brandon Broll, a journalist from London writing papers on scientific and medical subjects.

The book offers an unparalleled insight into everyday environment, targeting both inanimate objects as well as close ups of animals, plants or even humans. It is a catalog that promised since the beginning to be a total success, no matter if we talked about commercial, artistic or educational aspects.

Inside its pages, the author gathered great images of different materials and objects scanned by the electron micrograph. The technology used allows close-ups on subjects up to 22 million times more than a human eye could see.

Surface of a rusty nail
Cauliflower close-up
Butterfly eggs placed on raspberry
160 times enlarged mosquito head
Human sperm
Eyebrow growing from human skin
Butterfly wing detail, magnified under the microscope
Butterfly wing
Colibri Bird tongue under the microscope
Colibri bird tongue
lice on hair
Louse on human hair
Cloth detail seen on the microscope
Free cloth, magnified 22 million times, containing: cat hair, wool and synthetic fibers, a pollen grain, plant marks, scales and other insect remains
 silicon microchip details seen at the microscope
Surface of a silicon microchip
Nylon fabrics
Nylon networks used in production of women tights
Cigarette paper. The blue crystals are additives that keep the cigarette lit releasing oxygen while burning.
Nylon texture magnified
Nylon networks and hooks intertwined to form a textile

These spectacular images were captured using a variety of traditional micrioscoape based on light, along with powerful electron microscopes bombing with electrons the increased object, building an image with the help of the computer and electrons transmission. 203 images compiled within a book with a stunning visual impact.

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2 Responses to “The World Under a Microscope”

  1. I can’t stop looking at that rusty nail. It looks like the view from the window of an apartment I lived in years ago. Or would look like it, if you added some graffiti and streetwalkers.

  2. Thank you for sharing that. The microscopic world often shows us that ‘mother’ nature arrived at so many simple, subtle and beautiful design solutions way before human kind had even woken up!

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