A brand new underwater microscope just took an unprecedentedly-close look at the deep seafloor. You can see the footage it took, including a microscopic coral cage-match, right here.
‘Image enhance’ just got a little more real, for microscopes at least. A team of researchers form UCLA has developed a new sensor and software that turns an optical microscope into a super-resolution imaging device.
Science fans love to nerd-gas when it comes to popular culture. Witness the countless recent articles analyzing the science versus the storytelling of The Martian. That tension between accuracy and artistic license is not unique to modern society. It’s been present throughout history, including depictions of the…
Every year, Nikon hosts a Small World Photomicrography competition, bringing together the neatest (and smallest) images from microscope slides across the world. The 2014 winners are in, and the results are as wonderful — and creepy — as ever.
The microscopic worlds contained within a droplet of water are just as fascinating—and just as inaccessible to humans—as the farthest reaches of space. But the universe of the very small is now a little closer thanks to a highly-automated, cell counting microscope-camera hybrid from GE.
The light microscope changed science and medicine forever, but in the 400-plus years since it was invented, this crucial piece of equipment has gotten pretty expensive and fragile. Manu Prakash and his team have designed a brilliant solution—an origami microscope that costs less than 50 cents to make.
The microscope is a staple of the scientific community, allowing researchers to study what's too small to be seen by the naked eye. But how exactly did it rise to such notoriety?
Sometimes, you never knew you wanted something until someone drops it in your lap. That's exactly what Bodelin Technologies has done with their smartphone-powered ProScope Micro Mobile microscope. This genius little thing now works underwater.
Nikon just announced the winners for its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. It's basically a collection of the best images of things you can only see under a light microscope. Or better yet, it's the best photographs of things you can't actually see. Here are some fantastically creepy shots that were our…
There's an unknown pandemic threatening mankind. Our only hope lies in Yeasayer's laboratory-grade emulsion of science and synthesizer psychedelia. Dystopia never sounded so good.
As we move into a future where we want to build materials from the atoms up, we need better microscopes to see what we're doing. Right now, we can't even watch DNA building proteins in real time. We only get muddy snapshots. But that may be about to change.
Wow. This is incredible. Captured by high-definition microscopy, the footage shows the buzzing world and slimy life inside a single drop of pond water. It's completely alien, it's unnerving and it makes your stomach turn itself inside out. There are brown flatworms, Medusa looking nematodes, starfish-like hydras…
Microscopes are a dime a dozen in universities, so there's plenty of fun to be had hacking 'em any way you can—like a team of researchers from Caltech, who have developed a cheap and easy way to increase their resolution by a factor of 100.
Electron microscopes have made it possible to see deeper into the fabric of matter than ever before, and they've only been getting better. But we might not be able to zoom in any further because the zoom lenses are making it impossible to see.
Your average atom is about 62 to 520 picometers in diameter, but since that's a full factor smaller than the 390 to 700 nanometers human eye can perceive, direct observation using conventional microscopes is physically impossible. But that's where the electron beams come in. The University of Victoria has just…
Optical microscopes are limited by a phenomenon known as the diffraction barrier, wherein the microscope can't differentiate two objects separated by less than half the wavelength of light used—roughly 200 nm on average for the visible spectrum. But by combining powerful optics and cutting-edge rendering algorithms,…
Back in 2011, GE unveiled DeltaVision OMX Blaze, a state-of-the art microscope that uses a combination of optics and powerful computer algorithms. Using a technique called 3D structured illumination microscopy (SIM), OMX can see objects as small as 100 nanometers across and more than doubles the resolution in all…
In 1665, Samuel Pepys recalls in his diary that he stayed up till 2am one morning, reading a best-selling page-turner which he called "the most ingenious book I read in my life." It wasn't a book about history, or a play, or anything from the arts: it was the world's first popular book about microscopic images.
Scientists just captured the most detailed footage of a single neuron in action ever. In the timelapse video above you can even see individual proteins moving through different pathways within the cell. This is what your feelings look like.
In a rare example where 3D has the potential to actually be something more than a headache-inducing gimmick, researchers at the Japan Science and Technology Agency have developed the world's first scanning electron microscope capable of capturing a 3D images in real time.