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Dust Magnified 22 Million Times [Pic]

Hits: 23781 | Rating: (3.2) | Category: Misc. | Added by: Englandrocks
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Male, 18-29, Canada
 143 Posts
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 6:26:56 PM
saw this on mushrooms last weekend, thought it was a video

Male, 40-49, Midwest US
 5220 Posts
Sunday, November 06, 2011 3:11:18 AM
>> Dust Colorized 22 Million Times [Pic]


Male, 18-29, Eastern US
 335 Posts
Friday, November 04, 2011 7:59:58 PM
No offense, but since when were people so concerned about the color od dust? 0_0

Male, 50-59, Midwest US
 453 Posts
Friday, November 04, 2011 7:12:47 PM
WTF is that little green monster!?

Male, 13-17, Midwest US
 370 Posts
Friday, November 04, 2011 6:00:02 PM
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

Female, 18-29, Europe
 63 Posts
Friday, November 04, 2011 8:59:45 AM
From the microcosmos to the macrocosmos <3

Male, 18-29, Western US
 164 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 11:29:42 PM
fudge yea!!!! this is what i live for!!!!!!!!

Male, 30-39, Midwest US
 71 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 8:54:48 PM
I want to jump in there and bounce around and slide. WEEEEE!!!!!!!!

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 2752 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:44:07 PM

Male, 30-39, Western US
 2869 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:42:02 PM
@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.

Male, 30-39, Western US
 2869 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:35:38 PM
@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!)

Male, 50-59, Western US
 869 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 4:34:16 PM
Aside from the evil green octopusoid, it looks like a pretty happy place.

Female, 13-17, Canada
 1364 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 2:37:58 PM
it's like they're having a party

Male, 40-49, Eastern US
 616 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 1:49:04 PM
The background at the upper left is the color of the entire picture before the false color was added.

Male, 18-29, Europe
 622 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 1:28:36 PM
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.

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 773 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 1:23:34 PM
just think. you inhale billions of those a day.

Male, 18-29, Western US
 2207 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:53:35 AM
ok guys, for your next challenge... detangle this dust

Male, 18-29, Europe
 371 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:50:23 AM
You should probably have put "False colour image" in the description, for the people who don't know how electron microscopes work.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 108 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:28:39 AM
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.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 840 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:18:45 AM

Male, 18-29, Europe
 528 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:16:43 AM
@to-my-last-statement, sorry isobel, didn't see the quoting

Male, 18-29, Europe
 528 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:15:14 AM
@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)

Male, 30-39, Eastern US
 1795 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:11:16 AM
It's fairy dust, that's why it is rainbow colored.

Female, 18-29, Europe
 248 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 10:00:29 AM
"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.

Male, 18-29, Southern US
 321 Posts
Thursday, November 03, 2011 9:47:51 AM
@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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