Under the Electron Microscope. WOW! Can you guess what these everyday objects are?

Under the Electron Microscope. WOW! Can you guess what these everyday objects are?

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61 Responses to Under the Electron Microscope. WOW! Can you guess what these everyday objects are?

  1. Cefer Dakat says:

    looks like colorful pasta

  2. Rajini Rao says:

    None of the above 😉 Think small! Much smaller!

  3. Matt Uebel says:

    hair, clothing fibers, pollen… and I don’t have a guess to those sort of ribbon looking things… hmm.

  4. I cheated and looked at the descriptions of each photo. 😛

    Absolutely amazing pics.

  5. I’ve got to look up what a sprinkle is. Where I live we don’t use them that much (fortunately).

  6. D R says:

    No fun in guessing if you write the answer in the description 😉

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    Nope, good guesses but…(answers in captions).

  8. Rajini Rao says:

    No need to dust, this is art. Right, Kimberly Brosnan ? 🙂

  9. Rajini Rao says:

    Sugar bits used to decorate cakes, Víktor Bautista i Roca .

  10. Rajini Rao says:

    Drew Sowersby , I think I know what you mean. Sometimes, it’s enough to just watch in awe.

  11. Al Seaman says:

    you got some pollen on your polyester

  12. Rajini Rao says:

    Too brain dead to actually write up something on graph theory of neuronal branching, Feisal Kamil , which is what I really wanted to do this evening. So, eye candy to the rescue 🙂

  13. Rajini Rao We’ll let this pass — but just this once, hear? < winks >

  14. Rajini Rao says:

    William McGarvey , by the time I even skimmed the paper in PLoS Computational Biology my neurons were all out of action potentials.

  15. Rajini Rao That’s quite all right… we’re in a substantive area where I never had anything resembling an action potential.

  16. Rajini Rao says:

    Oh, I’m sure you’ve had a calcium spark or two light up those astrocytes, William McGarvey !

  17. Rajini Rao says:

    Besides, William McGarvey , I’ve seen those sparks in action 🙂

  18. Rajini Rao Possibly so, but if wasn’t cast in psychometric jargon (preferably in covariance-structure models), I would never have known about it. (http://scholar.google.com/citations?hl=en&user=RZyrZXkAAAAJ).

  19. Tony Stark says:

    well its another Under the Electron Microscope….beautiful….

  20. Wow – dust is so….beautiful.

  21. Never seen something like this before so near.Inspiring ones

  22. Sanj Kum says:

    wats this rajini ?

  23. I didn’t expect dust to look so clean. I expected it to be …. dustier.

  24. some sort of smallest organic matter

  25. Johan Horak says:

    Rajini Rao Photoshopped! Joking. When I used such a fancy tool there were no colours!

  26. snow crystall under electron microscope!! is that possible?!!!!!!

  27. The funny thing is that in output of electron microscope there’s no colors at all. I hope the author of program that paints different objects to different colors has much fun reading comments.

  28. Roha Mushtaq says:

    it is a good pattern

  29. Alexander Tankeev You mean that color is not real? Disappointing.

  30. Nico Ward says:

    This is so cool!

  31. Prabat parmal yeah… I think even without decoration, it would have been real and interesting!

  32. Rajini Rao says:

    Thanks for fielding tech comments, Feisal Kamil , you’re a champ! R Prakash Prakash and Prabat parmal : False color or pseudo color is used in nearly all microscope images that I am aware. The digital signal output can be coded into any color your heart desires. The textures, shapes and other visual details are ‘real’ at least as the sample is prepared. I don’t think that a living object will survive electron microscopy, although there are variations that maintain more natural conditions such as cryo-EM where the sample is flash frozen.

  33. Rajini Rao says:

    They are inert until they enter a host cell where they can reproduce. You can also think of them as “obligate parasite”. The question of whether they are living or non-living is a pseudo controversy..depends on how you define life. Outside of the host, they are inanimate. But they “come alive” inside a cell. No different from a resting spore or seed, in my opinion.

  34. Rajini Rao says:

    Depends on whether they are structurally damaged after bombardment, I don’t know the answer. I do know of protein crystals that are later redissolved and shown to have enzymatic activity…this is done to show that the structure obtained from X-ray crystallography is that of an active conformation (=shape). Not a definitive argument, but it shows that the crystal survived exposure to rays. Certain cryoEM crystals must also survive imaging.

  35. Rajini Rao says:

    You’re welcome, keep those questions coming 🙂 What is your field by the way..I assumed you were an engineer, but perhaps you are studying one of the humanities?

  36. Deeksha Tare says:

    Wow, such aesthetically beautiful mundane objects!!!

  37. Rajini Rao says:

    Point away, Feisal Kamil 🙂

  38. Deeksha Tare says:

    Whoa!! Such brainstorming comments and discussions above!! great 🙂 count me in too 🙂 and keep them coming!

  39. Rajini Rao says:

    Also, ? And !

    For the bemused, that translated to “keep the questions and amazement coming” 🙂

  40. Deeksha Tare says:




  41. Very good. The work is perfect!

  42. Zia Anwar says:

    Sorry I Cant guess.

    Would you like to tell me about it?

  43. Rajini Rao says:

    Zia Anwar , click on each image..there is a caption in the comment box on the right.

  44. Thomas Kang says:

    I’ve seen some of these numerous times, yet I can only manage to remember the salt and pepper. I’m not so fond of being reminded of my faulty memory, but these kinds of images could flow through my stream three times a day and I wouldn’t mind in the least bit.

  45. Crazy! The crack in steel is my favorite, looks like some kind of Martian landscape!

  46. Rahul Joshi says:

    Mindbending! Rajini Rao Is this with some special aka high powered microscope or just the usual lab ones?

    Oops: Ok so its an Electron microscope!

  47. Dana Crowe says:

    Some kind of bacterial

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