Dust Magnified 22 Million Times [Pic]

Submitted by: Englandrocks 5 years ago in Misc

It"s like a small universe... of dust, but a universe nonetheless.
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Male 143
saw this on mushrooms last weekend, thought it was a video
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Male 5,194
>> Dust Colorized 22 Million Times [Pic]

Fixed.
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Male 331
No offense, but since when were people so concerned about the color od dust? 0_0
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Male 453
WTF is that little green monster!?
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Male 369
DON`T BE DUMB
Light microscopes are only able to see THROUGH things. Solid and non-translucent objects are only black silhouettes. Secondly, the picture shows depth, which cannot be seen in a light microscope. Everything seen there is shown by a scanning electron microscope. ALL SEM images it portrays everything in black and white (only show shades) because the object is covered in a thin layer of gold. All colors you see in SEM pictures of viruses and proteins, in this case dust, are digitally colored to show different materials.
I do acknowledge that dust is most likely not made up of all grey particles but this post is only about the shape, NOT THE COLOR. If it is, then they are wrong. Thank you to the few who are too well informed to think this is what color dust is. It worries me most days out of the week that people can be so uninformed.

-Yours Truly
A Concerned American
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Female 64
From the microcosmos to the macrocosmos <3
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Male 163
fudge yea!!!! this is what i live for!!!!!!!!
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Male 69
I want to jump in there and bounce around and slide. WEEEEE!!!!!!!!
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Male 2,737
Witchcraft!!!!!
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Male 2,868
@Isobel- dust is not necessarily gray. It is, as this picture suggests, mutlicolored. It is made up of many different microscopic objects, including clothing fibers, hair, dead skin cells, and pollen. A small wool fiber from a blue sweater will be blue. a grain of yellow pollen will be yellow. A single mushroom spore from a purple sample of spores will be purple. If you used an optical magnification device to look at a sample of dust, you would be able to see the various colors of the objects within it- they would not appear uniformly gray.
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Male 2,868
@Khronnus - Rubbish? Really? You`re right, a scanning electron microscope (like the one that produced this image) cannot produce color images. It can only produce a picture representing the detailed surface contours of a sample. However, It`s common practice to color-code different objects in an electron micrograph to make it easier to distinguish between them.

Or was that a joke that I just missed upon first reading (because the image is of dust- rubbish- ha ha!)
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Male 907
Aside from the evil green octopusoid, it looks like a pretty happy place.
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Female 1,356
it`s like they`re having a party
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Male 1,509
The background at the upper left is the color of the entire picture before the false color was added.
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Male 621
You don`t really see colour at all at this magnification. The colours been added. I`d argue the whole image is rubbish to be fair.
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Male 770
just think. you inhale billions of those a day.
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Male 2,199
ok guys, for your next challenge... detangle this dust
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Male 365
You should probably have put "False colour image" in the description, for the people who don`t know how electron microscopes work.
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Male 109
Of course color was added, this is a GLORIFIED image of dust. It is possible to have all these different colors in some dust; if you wear a lot of bright clothes. And I suppose if you could view it with the naked eye you could distinguish the color-- however dust is grey from out pov because its so many small samples of other colors weaved together at different consistencies over a very small space. Thus-- it`s grey too us. And it`s grey to the microscope too; the color is added where it would be. Though they were probably keen to up the virbancy.
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Female 833
pwetty!
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Male 528
@to-my-last-statement, sorry isobel, didn`t see the quoting :-P
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Male 528
@isobel, remember that all primary colour put together make black, plus dust is very small and our eyes can`t pick up the colours individually. but i do think it`s enhanced (colourwise)
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Male 1,920
It`s fairy dust, that`s why it is rainbow colored.
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Female 245
"If that isn`t coloured in, then why is dust just grey?"
The picture looks like it`s taken with a scanning electron microscope. The technique can`t "see" colors (since it detects scattered electrons, not photons), so the pics are colored in to create more contrast.

Dust is still gray.
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Male 321
@Evil_Eye: Go to the grocery store and buy some `rainbow` ice cream (with all the different colors), let it melt and then mix it together. Or, look at your milk after a bowl of Fruity Pebbles TM.
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Male 2,344
I`m with Coffee. That little particle can piss off.
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Male 15,262
looks kind of yummy
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Male 8,541
Evil_Eye-"If that isn`t coloured in, then why is dust just grey? "

This could be false-colored, or not. If not, as to why it is grey is that your eye would not be capable of picking out individual colors this small.

Take all the colors you see in the pic, mix them all together, and you get grey.
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Female 1,008
I like everything in this picture but that cthulhu-looking thing in the top-left.
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Male 39,913

shopped!
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Female 167
so colourful
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Male 1,442
If that isn`t coloured in, then why is dust just grey?
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Male 6,737
It`s like a colour ASPLOSHUN!
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Female 491
Link: Dust Magnified 22 Million Times [Pic] [Rate Link] - It`s like a small universe... of dust, but a universe nonetheless.
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