Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Mysteries of the Unseen World

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Photograph courtesy Riccardo Antonelli, Pisa University, Pisa, Italy
Winner: The Natural World — August/September
The pollen spores of a cutleaf geranium (Geranium dissectum) jut out, as if eager to fulfill their mission.
Image Details
Instrument used: Quanta SEM Family
Magnification: 500x
Horizontal Field Width: 298 μm
Vacuum: Low vacuum
Voltage: 12.50 kV
Spot: 4.0
Working Distance: 5.1 mm
Detector: LFD (Low vacuum)

FEI is a world leader in the production of electron microscopes (think: seeing things at the nano-scale) and is partnering with Nat Geo Entertainment on the upcoming film, Mysteries of the Unseen World

Every year FEI holds a photo contest to find out what folks in the field are doing with their amazing microscopes, and to give scientists and researchers the chance to share their exploration of the sub-microscopic world. The winners of the 2012 FEI Image Contest are below. These are the best images from four categories: Around the House, The Natural World, The Human Body, and Other Relevant Science. 

Check out the photos first and see if you can guess what you are seeing, then look at the caption to find out what you are really seeing! A whole new world is open to us thanks to FEI and other cutting-edge technology creators, as you will see in Mysteries of the Unseen World.