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Self-assembling hair-like polymers around a polystyrene sphere, about two micrometers in diameter. (Sung Hoon Kang, Joanna Aizenberg and Boaz Pokroy;

Sage Leaf by Giles Sparrow, via wsj: Photomicrograph of a sage leaf showing tiny purple hairs (Trichomes) covered with droplets of oil.

Ready For Their Close-Up

Lots of this in Utah: Sage Leaf by Giles Sparrow, via wsj: Photomicrograph of a sage leaf showing tiny purple hairs (Trichomes) covered with droplets of oil. From 'The Natural World Close-Up'.

"A scanning electron microscope image of spider silk glands making a thread c/o Dennis Kunkel Microscopy."

A scanning electron microscope image of spider silk glands making a thread originally from Dennis Kunkel Microscopy. the colours looks very interesting under a microscope

6 days old Human Embryo Implanting

6 days old Human Embryo Implanting

Pollen under a microscope

Photograph by Martin Oeggerli Snowball blossom Lodged in the rumpled tissue of a Viburnum tinus stigma, pollen grains from other snowball blossoms (gray) swell with moisture.

Rhizopus stolonifer, fungus:

Rhizopus stolonifer, fungus by FEI Company. Dehydrated and sputtered with Au/Pd. Coloured by Margit Wallner. Instrument used: Quanta Family.

This false-colored scanning electron micrograph shows caffeine crystals. Caffeine is a bitter, crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug. In plants, caffeine functions as a defense mechanism. Found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves and fruit of some plants, caffeine acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plant.

Caffeine photo: Eww, what’s that in your coffee?

Caffeine crystals by Annie Cavanagh and David McCarthy. This false-coloured scanning electron micrograph shows caffeine crystals. Caffeine is a bitter, crystalline xanthine alkaloid that acts as a stimulant drug.

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