Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features under a microscope. We’ve found seven ordinary objects that transform into incredible (and sometimes terrifying) images up close.
1. Alcohol Under a Microscope
If you’ve been wondering what your favorite cocktail looks like under a microscope, look no further. Michael Davidson, from the company BevShots, captured these incredibly colorful images of alcohol under a microscope.
To create these images of alcohol, Davidson and co start by crystallizing the drink of choice (they’ve tried cocktails, liquors, beer and other drinks). They then use a standard light microscope with an attached camera to capture the image. Since the light source is polarized and passed through crystal, the result is brilliant patterns of color.
2. Human Hair Under a Microscope
Although every individual loses between 40-200 strands of hair per day, none of those strands looks half as cool as they do when under a microscope. A human hair shaft (the visible part of hair) is made up of a hard protein called keratin, and contains three layers which include the medulla, cortex and cuticle. These layers can break when mistreated, and result in broken, fragmented strands as seen in the image above.
3. Bugs Under a Microscope
While bugs aren’t too scary in real life, they assume a much more menacing appearance when under a microscope. Only under a microscope do tiny pincers, teeth and claws look so ugly and dangerous.