Scientists snap a picture of DNA’s double helix for the very first time

For the last 60 years, scientists have known that DNA's structure is composed of a spiraling corkscrew. They know this thanks to molecular theory and and an old-time technique called X-ray crystallography, where patterns of dots are converted into an overarching image using mathematics. But now, using an electron… » 11/29/12 9:45am 11/29/12 9:45am

Under an electron microscope, spider skin is cooler than you might have…

Up close, spiders look like scary alien creatures ready to devour any mammals who dare cross their mandibles. Up extremely close, however, a spider's skin is richly textured, with spiky hairs that resemble industrial towers rising from the landscape. » 9/08/12 9:30am 9/08/12 9:30am

Titan 80-300 Cubed is the Most Badass of All Microscopes

You are looking at the most powerful electron microscope on Earth. Housed at MacMaster University in Ontario, Canada, the Titan 80-300 Cubed » 10/21/08 10:13am 10/21/08 10:13am will allow researchers to peer into the workings of molecules and atoms on a scale never before possible. What they find with the ultra microscope could revolutionize material…

2008 Science Visualization Challenge Reveals the Teeth in a Squid's…

What you see above are actually the suckers on the arm of a squid, captured with an electron microscope. The color was added for the obvious effect. The National Science Foundation and the journal Science » 9/26/08 7:00am 9/26/08 7:00am have announced the winners of the 6th annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.…

Tentacled Fungus Attacks The Microverse

This creepy monster skull is actually a snapdragon seed pod, magnified by an electron microscope. Just as you'd always suspected, the microscopic world turns out to contain nothing but slimy textures and sinister craggy shapes, judging from Karin Jones' haunting microscopy photos.

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