An image showing a mouse hair complete with nerves wrapped around the base. These nerves are responsible for being able to feel when the hair is moved and is responsible for the tickling sensation you get when you move your hand over your arm hair.Image: Hagen Wende and Carmen Birdmeier

An image showing a mouse hair complete with nerves wrapped around the base. These nerves are responsible for being able to feel when the hair is moved and is responsible for the tickling sensation you get when you move your hand over your arm hair.

Image: Hagen Wende and Carmen Birdmeier

Ever wondered what flavors look like? Here you go!

Each one of these shows some chemical present in your every day food that contributes to the flavors you know and love seen through the microscope!

Top: capsaicin from chillis
Middle: glucose (sugar), catechin (present in teas) and honey
Bottom: some stuff from strawberries and lettuce!

Images

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!