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Electron microscope: Cochlea - your inner ear.

5th instar imaginal hindwing disk from the Painted Lady butterfly, Vanessa cardui. Immunostained for Engrailed in red. All nuclei are revealed by DAPI staining (blue), and trachae are shown in green. Imaged with ZEISS LSM 700. Courtesy of Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, and Development

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014: This still image from a new NASA movie of the sun shows the wide range of wavelengths %u2013 invisible to the naked eye %u2013 that NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) telescope can view. SDO converts the wavelengths into an image humans can see, and researchers colorize the light into a rainbow of hues. Yellow light of 5800 Angstroms generally emanates from material of about 10,000 degrees F (5700 degrees C), representing the surface of the sun. Extreme ultraviolet…

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5 Images Of Human Cell Magnified 10 Million Times

"Life: Magnified" is an exhibit of scientific images showing cells and other scenes of life magnified by as much as 50,000 times. The exhibit is on display at Washington Dulles International Airport’s Gateway Gallery from June through November 2014. The images are also available online with longer captions than in the airport exhibit at

Hepatocytes, like the one shown here, are the most abundant type of cell in the human liver. They play an important role in building proteins, producing bile (a liquid that aids in digesting fats) and chemically processing naturally occurring molecules like hormones as well as foreign substances like medicines and alcohol.

The Fireworks Inside Us All

Blood cells

35 Everyday Things Made SO Insanely Cool Under a Microscope

This spectacular photomicrograph illustrates mineral formation in Haversian canals of a fossilized Hadrosaur bone recovered in Canada. A combination of Hoffman modulation contrast and polarized light was used to capture the birefringence of the sample and render a three-dimensional effect to the image.

Butterfly wing scale, SEM

Issus coleoptratus, the first living creature known to possess functional gears. The two interlocking gears on the insect's hind legs help synchronize the legs when the animal jumps.

Human Fingerprint Ridge

25 Everyday Objects Under an Electron Microscope - EgoTV

Peacock mite: scanning electron micrograph at 260X magnification

8 week human embryo

7 weeks. - images from Lennart Nilsson "A Child is Born"

Lennart Nilsson Photography