Scanning electron microscopes will blow your mind

How do we see things that are really small? Classical microscope technology can let us see all but the tiniest of objects, but some are so minuscule as to evade our eyes. Enter the Scanning Electron Microscope. This marvel of math and engineering fires a stream of electrons and measures the way they bounce off objects. This data reveals the topology of what the electrons hit, producing precise recreations of surfaces. These images give us insight to an alien world on the smallest of scales. Check out the following images of the world beyond our eyes.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

A worker ant.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

Surgical mesh.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

Pollen.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

Healthy human blood.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

Calcium crystals in a kidney stone.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

Hermatite, an iron mineral.

Scanning Electron Microscope Cool Insect Tiny Cells Scary Science Weekly Show

An unidentified insect.

Crazy, right? The ones that really blow my mind are the blood cells and the ant. It’s a window into a whole other world. Which ones are craziest to you? Share your thoughts below, yo. Also, please share, like, comment, and subscribe because I will love you forever.

Comment question of the week

Which of these is the most mind-blowing? I’m a big fan of the insects and blood cells.

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2 thoughts on “Scanning electron microscopes will blow your mind

    • Right? It’s so awesome to see that these amorphous blobs of stone are actually beautifully elaborate structures. I also think the one of blood is super cool–it’s like a whole other world. Thanks for the comment, devinp2013!

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