Gold Coated Ants and MicrocogsThis is possibly one of the greatest “just because we can” things I have ever seen. For some inexplicable reason scientists decided to pose this ant with a miniature cogwheel. To get a good image of this using a scanning electron microscope the ant first had to be freeze dried and then covered in a thin layer of gold in order to stop a charge from building up as the specimen is bombarded with electrons. For science!

Gold Coated Ants and Microcogs

This is possibly one of the greatest “just because we can” things I have ever seen. For some inexplicable reason scientists decided to pose this ant with a miniature cogwheel. To get a good image of this using a scanning electron microscope the ant first had to be freeze dried and then covered in a thin layer of gold in order to stop a charge from building up as the specimen is bombarded with electrons. For science!