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Amazing Everyday Objects Magnified Using a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) scientists enable us to view everyday objects close-up, really close up. Check out more after the break. Eye of a Needle.

Scanning electron micrograph of part of a thale cress flower, showing the male and female reproductive organs. The female part of the flower, the pistil (the blue feathery structure on an olive green stalk), is at the centre of the image and contains egg cells (ovules) housed in an ovary. It is surrounded by the male parts, the stamens, which have their anthers coloured light green and their filaments brown.   Photography by Stefan Eberhard

Scanning electron micrograph of part of a thale cress flower, showing the male and female reproductive organs. The female part of the flower, the pistil (the blue feathery structure on an olive green.

Foxglove seed (Digitalis purpurea) Science Image

Science Image of Foxglove seed (Digitalis purpurea) from PS MicroGraphs. Specialists in Science Images.

Rare Adonis blue butterfly egg is laid only on the horseshoe vetch, a type of European perennial

Under the Microscope: "The Adonis blue butterfly is rare because it's choosy. It lays its eggs (like the one above) only on horseshoe vetch, a European perennial. What's more, it looks for patches cropped by rabbits that allow easy landing.

Passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) pollen grain

Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a passion flower (Passiflora caerulea) pollen grain. Pollen grains are the male gametes (sex cells) of a plant. Magnification: when printed 10 centimetres wide.

Actin (purple), microtubules (yellow), and nuclei (green) are labeled in these cells by immunofluorescence. This image won first place in the Nikon 2003 Small World photo competition.

Magnificent Microphotography: 50 Tiny Wonders

Two interphase cells with immunofluorescence labeling of actin filaments (purple), microtubules (yellow), and nuclei (green). This image won first place in the Nikon 2003 Small World photo competition. The Cell: An Image Library - Image

In case you ever wondered what fertilization looks like up close:  Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of sperm clustered on the surface of a human egg during fertilization

In case you ever wondered what fertilization looks like up close: Colored Scanning Electron Micrograph (SEM) of sperm clustered on the surface of a human egg during fertilization

The bones of an 89-year old female with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become extremely porous, fracture easily, and heal slowly. Osteoporosis occurs more often in women, especially following menopause.

The bones of an old female with osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become extremely porous, fracture easily, and heal slowly.

MICROSCOPIC HAIRS IN INNER EAR:  Inner ear help divers (like the one in today's pic) know their up down orientation in water.  Sounds under water are magnified. When we hear sounds (whether under water or above) microscopic hairs in our inner ears vibrate.

MICROSCOPIC HAIRS IN INNER EAR: Inner ear help divers know their up down orientation in water. Sounds under water are magnified. When we hear sounds (whether under water or above) microscopic hairs in our inner ears vibrate.

Butterfly eggs

and textures Photograph by Martin Oeggerli Large white butterfly egg Pieris brassicae The yellow eggs of the large white butterfly are laid in clumps on the undersides of cabbage leaves (above) and brussels sprouts.

Lavender pollen grain, SEM

Pollen!

Science Image of Lavender Pollen Grain (Lavandula dentata) from PS MicroGraphs. Specialists in Science Images.

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