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Believe it or not, this is a photograph of sand viewed under a microscope!

Fluorescent Photography by Daniel Stoupin - microscopic creatures at various magnifications (up to 1000x) microscopic creatures

This is SAFFRON under an electron Microscope. Check out 20 other beautiful food closeups!

This 250x image of the paired olfactory bulbs of a zebrafish was created by Dalhousie University graduate student Oliver Braubach using a confocal laser scanning microscope. "I thought that this image was a particularly good example of the beauty and complexity that is hidden in so many small animals in our environment," Braubach says.

These are pollen grains captured under a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). What makes pollen so amazing, aside from making pretty microscopy pics and making people’s allergies play up? Pollen isn’t capable of dissolution in hydrochloric or hydrofluoric acids. What’s so amazing about that? Well hydrofluoric acid can break down silicic minerals and calcium – which includes human blood and tissue. HF can cause severe chemical burns and can be fatal. But it has no effect on pollen.

Diatom. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the Arachnoidiscus sp. diatom

Dr. Marie-Hélène Bré Laboratory of Cellular Biology University of Paris, South Orsay, France Tetrahymena thermophila (protozoa) cells (1500x)

*WATER BEAR ~ (Paramacrobiotus craterlaki) in moss. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a water bear in its active state. Water bears (or tardigrades) are tiny invertebrates that live in aquatic and semi-aquatic habitats such as lichen and damp moss. They require water to obtain oxygen by gas exchange. In dry conditions, they can enter a cryptobiotic state of dessication, known as a tun, to survive. In this state, water bears can survive for up to a decade.

cross-section of the structure of a sugarcane root. (Debora Leite)

Diatom frustules (Mastogloia sp.) Science Image

Mackerel gills SEM Science Image

Lavender oil glands and trichomes (Lavandula dentata) Science Image

Buttercup stem section (Ranunculus repens) Science Image