Picture of the Day: Microscopic Images of Household Objects

By Nicholas Jackson

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Scattered around your home, you never think twice about some of the things that appear in these images. But when shot using powerful Scanning Electron Microscopes (SEMs) that are able to highlight incredibly small details, they take on a new life. Considerably more powerful than regular light microscopes, SEMs bombard an object with electrons and use a computer program to build extreme close-up images. The images are produced in monochrome, but can be hand-tinted as the images on this page have been.

Can you tell what everyday objects appear in these photographs? From top to bottom, they show a salt grains and ground peppercorns, a bit of used dental floss, and a mascara brush.

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Images: The Daily Mail. Via TechEBlog.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/01/picture-of-the-day-microscopic-images-of-household-objects/69648/