GE's "Point and Shoot" Microscope Snaps Spectacular Cellular Shots

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. » 1/14/15 11:40am 1/14/15 11:40am

Genius Microscope Made From Folded Paper Could Help Fight Malaria

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. » 3/08/14 7:30pm 3/08/14 7:30pm

The creepiest photographs of things you can only see under a microscope

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… » 10/31/13 12:00am 10/31/13 12:00am

Look At All the Creepy Stuff Inside a Single Drop of Pond Water

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… » 8/13/13 9:08pm 8/13/13 9:08pm

The STEHM Microscope: Finally, Nanoscientists Can See What They're Doing

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… » 6/20/13 12:41pm 6/20/13 12:41pm

OMG These Images of the Sub-Microscopic World Are Amazing

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,… » 3/27/13 11:30am 3/27/13 11:30am