Under The Microscope

This is a blog dedicated to sharing and compiling many different images from under the microscope. From living to non-living, we can appreciate the invention of the microscope that has allowed us to see the into world of the very small.
Thrombus. False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a thrombus (blood clot) protruding from an arterial entrance in a chamber of the heart. This type of thrombus, known as coronary thrombosis, is the usual cause of myocardial infarction (heart attack). In the blood there are complex mechanisms which trigger blood clotting in case of damages to blood vessels. At the same time other agents discourage the formation of clots which obstruct the blood flow. In arteries the clotting process may be encouraged by the build-up of atheroma (fatty deposits) on blood vessel walls. Magnification: x120 at 6x7cm size. x190 at 4x5”
+ September 20th, 2012
Spider stalking prey. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a wolf spider (Euophrys sp.) stalking a fly. Magnification: x19 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.
+ September 8th, 2012
Cancer cell division. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of two prostate cancer cells in the final stage of cell division (cytokinesis). During this stage the cells’ cytoplasm divides. Here the cells are joined by a thin cytoplasmic bridge. Cancer cells divide rapidly in a chaotic, uncontrolled manner. They may clump to form tumours, which invade and destroy surrounding tissues. Prostate cancer affects the prostate gland of the male reproductive system, located below the bladder. It can cause difficulty in passing urine and an increased need to urinate. Magnification unknown.
+ August 9th, 2012

I thought you might find this interesting. It’s a scanning electron microscopic image of mouse beta-eyelet cells that I had differentiated from mouse embryonic stem cells. It’s not the greatest image (I was still learning the SEM) but it’s still pretty fascinating.

This is fantastic! Beautiful, thank you for sharing, darwin4life!
+ August 9th, 2012
A Tardigrade, also know as water bears
+ June 11th, 2012
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