Magical and freaky

Fri, 08, 20

Here are pictures of some items, such as food, parts of the body, magnified many times to create little alien worlds....


Using high powered microscopes, we can take normal, everyday things and magnify them by a great factor. Here are pictures of some items, such as food, parts of the body, magnified many times to create little alien worlds.

Grains of sand

According to the location of the sand, its composition can vary. Dr. Greenberg from Hawaii managed to utilize micro-photography and magnified sand up to 300 times. His images show sand full of remnants from various tropical sea organisms large and small.

Mushroom spores

Mushrooms are the spore-bearing, fruiting body of a fungus. Spores, on the other hand, are single-celled reproductive units of

non-flowering plants,

bacteria, etc. Spores can last for a long time, even in the worst conditions imaginable. The image below shows spores on top of a mushroom, when viewed through an electron microscope.

Human eye

Suren Manvelyan, an Armenian physics teacher, uses his friends’, colleagues’ and pupils’ eyes to create fascinating micro portraits.

Snail shell

A majority of snails are herbivores; eating vegetation such as leaves, stems and flowers. Depending on the species, snails can live 5 – 25 years and sleep for about 3 years straight. The image below shows a microscopic image of a white lipped snail, which is often found in gardens. The picture shows the layers of the snail shell in a fraction which was taken with the help of an electron microscope.


Salt, a mineral composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), is essential for life in general, as well as being one of the basic human tastes. Humans started adding salt to their foods about 8,000 years ago. With the help of an electron microscope, Todd Simpson from the UWO Nanofabrication Facility was able to capture stunning images of salt crystals.

Split end of a human hair

The overall chemical composition of hair is 45 percent carbon, 28 percent Oxygen, 15 percent Nitrogen, 7 percent Hydrogen and 5 percent Sulphur. The hair shaft is essentially composed of keratin. Hair keratin is hard, compact and strong. This fibrous protein is gradually formed inside cells from the germinal layer. Split ends happen when the ends of your hair become dry, brittle, and frayed. They may resemble the end of an unraveled rope.