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Under the microscope

Under the microscope
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We all most likely come into contact with these basic objects every day, but most of us have probably never seen them up close and personal. Under a microscope, even the plainest items prove to be unbelievably complicated. You have never seen these everyday objects quite like this before.

Rose Petal

Rose Petal
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Can you believe these tiny glands make such a beautiful flower?

Margarita salt

Margarita salt
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These minuscule pieces of salt look like massive boulders up close. Pay attention to those tiny crystals on the rim of your next margarita.

Butterfly scales

Butterfly scales
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These scales appear almost like feathers, or maybe even a woven basket. Think about the fragility of a butterfly’s wing and imagine this interlaced texture.

Pencil tip

Pencil tip
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This intricate tip bleeds graphite onto paper for us to see.

Human hair

Human hair
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Our fine hairs look like tree trunks when zoomed in.

You probably never got to look at your own hair under a microscope in school, just like you probably never learned these fun science facts.

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Cashmere

Cashmere
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Nothing like feeling the softness of cashmere on a chilly day. These fibres look similar to human hair close up.

Tomato leaf

Tomato leaf
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The leaf that is normally discarded when slicing a tomato is actually composed of a stunning and elaborate design.

Ball point pen tip

Ball point pen tip
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The ink almost looks like a gentle watercolour painting, but if you’ve ever had a pen explode on you, you know that the ink is incredibly dense.

Speaking of watercolour, take a look at these hidden messages in world-famous paintings.

Pickled cucumber

Pickled cucumber
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This one truly just looks like a pickle.

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