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20 Things That Look Absolutely Bizarre Under a Microscope

11. Caterpillar.

cecropia
image source: onenessbecomesus.com

This bizarre-looking tentacle monster is a caterpillar seen under a microscope, magnified 30 times.(source)

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caterpillar
image credit: Oliver Meckes

12. Human tongue.

tongue
image source: eater.com

The tongue’s surface is covered with thousands of taste buds and bumps called papillae which give it its rough texture. This is a (disturbing) magnified photograph of that description, taken by a scanning electron microscope. The papillae appear flaky because they constantly shed their top layer of skin.(source)

tongue
image source: sciencephoto.com

13. Blood cells in an artery.

artery
image source: bbc.com

So blood inside an artery looks like a bag of delicious candy? Yet another image taken by a scanning electron microscope (seriously, where can we get one of these?): blood cells in a ruptured artery.

blood in artery
image source: sciencephoto.com
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14. Sand grains.

hand sand
image source: people.rit.edu

This incredible picture taken by biomedical researcher Dr. Gary Greenberg is of sand grains magnified up to 300 times. Dr. Greenberg photographs the natural world with his self-invented high-definition 3D microscope. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D., he worked as a filmmaker and photographer. This is what you build your sandcastles with.(source)

sand grains
image source: boredpanda.com

15. Human eye.

Brown eyes
image source: livescience.com

A fascinating ultra close-up of the human eye, taken by Armenian scientist Suren Manvelyan for his microscopic ocular portrait series.(source)

eye macro
image source: surenmanvelyan.com
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