EXPLORING THE MICRO-UNIVERSE


Paleobiological and biological research into the beginning of life on this planet are vital to our understanding of how we got here.  We do not have that answer yet, and until we do, we will not be able to effectively and conclusively find out the presence of life on the many exoplanets we are discovering in our galaxy.

To get started and to get you a bit involved I reprise here an earlier blog I created under ‘That Art in Science.”  We will go further into the micro-universe in future blogs. This is meant as just an introduction to an important part of our commitment to explore.

Infinite in scope and size, and teaming with a literal universe of both live and inanimate objects, the micro-world beckons a host of explorers. Like all of science, this universe hosts an array of striking, amazing, awesome and sometimes shocking art. The image above is just a small example what lies all around and within us.

Just like our celestial environment in which we are all active members, we are active members of the micro-universe.  We ourselves are hosts to many of its micro-members.  In fact, you can consider humans to be like giant galaxies that host entire populations of stars.  Well we host entire populations of both live and inanimate micro-objects.  So if you wish, you can name yourself the “(name here) Galaxy”.

The image above, actually a contrived object, was done by scientist John Hart who by mixing sulfur, an organic blue dye, and an antiseptic,…created a crystal containing a complex structure of bubbles and fault lines .Illuminated with polarized light, the compound glows with green and salmon hues that give it the appearance of a palm thicket attacked by overzealous bugs.” (National Geographic).

To see some of the most beautiful and amazing images from this micro-universe, I invite you to visit this link which will take you into the world of endorphins.  They live in each of our personal micro-galaxies.  I call them “Doctors Feel Good.” Visit the site and read the material and you will see why.

The image on the right is another example in which botanists can check the respiratory structure of a plant.  The image is the pore-like stoma that allows a plant to adjust its moisture content and its O2 and CO2 levels.  Guess what, this is similar to what our body does through our pores and our respiration.

wouldn’t it be nice if there were centers that offered us access to robotic microscopes (including electron microscopes) so that we could explore this universe the same way we can explore the celestial one above and around us. Well, we can.

You can visit this link to have the opportunity to access, online, microscopic images.  You also have the opportunity to select various images and to then adjust their focus, and other key display factors.  At this site you may use a total of 15 types of microscope instruments including both the electron and laser scanning microscopes.  It is well worth the time to visit this window to our other universe.  Enjoy.

CREDITS:

First imagePhotograph by John Hart/Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado/photo courtesy of Nikon Small World

Second Image: Courtesy of the MicroAngela Microphotograph Gallery displayed with permission.

From: Art In Science (c) 2009 Waddell Robey   All individual copyrights apply


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