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Have you ever used velcro before? These pictures show different magnifications of the velcro, all the way to 60X. You can do this, too, with a simple microscope!

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This is an eye of a fruit fly close-up. See all the little bumps on the red eye? Each bump is a lens! We have only one lens in our eye, but flies are one of the rare species with a compound eye.


These are all pictures of different types of volcanic rock. Isn't it amazing that even rocks can differ so much?


These are all small critters that are better viewed with a microscope. Daphnia is a plankton (a microscopic organism you find in the ocean). Plant louse is a plant-eating insect, and a planarian is a flatworm.


Did you know every fingerprint is unique? No else has one like yours! Check your individual fingerprint with a simple microscope and see what sets it apart from others' fingerprints!


Look at the amazing pattern of an insect wing, up-close!


This picture is of an onion and each square is a cell. It's only two-hundredths of an inch!


Did you know all of these details were on a penny? These details are not easily seen by the naked eye!

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This cool picture is of a cancerous cell from human bone! The cell's "skeleton" (actin) is in purple, and the cell's powerhouse that makes all the cell's energy is in yellow (mitochondria). The DNA is in blue.

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Here's a zoomed-in view of the yellow lines in the previous image. These are the mitochondria--the powerhouse of the cell!

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A "brainbow!" Every different color in this picture is one cell in a part of a mouse's brain! These cells are neurons that make up the brain's hippocampus, where memories are stored.

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Take a look at where the blood meets the brain! This blood-brain barrier is in a live zebrafish embryo, and the blood is giving the brain much-needed nutrients.

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The image above is an eye...a compound eye! Each little bump is a lens (your eye has one lens!). Insects and crustaceans have this type of eye, and this image is taken from the eye of the crustacean krill from Antarctica.

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This beautiful image is of a fly eye. The blue lines are photoreceptors, which take the image of the outside world and then passes this information to what's in gold--the eye's retina. The retina finally passes the image to what's in green--the brain!

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Ever get allergies in the spring time? This is zoomed-in view of pollen, which often triggers people to sneeze. These pollen grains are from all sorts of different plants, including sunflowers, lilies, and primrose, and pollen will help these plants to reproduce.

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This is a close up of a tomato plant leaf! The object in the middle is an opening (or pore) in the leaf that lets air and water inside for the green balls (chloroplasts) to make food for the plant.

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Check out these fossils! You can see freshwater snails and shrimp from a long time ago that died and left their remains--immortalized forever!

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This beautiful organism is a diatom. Diatoms are a type of algae and can be found in freshwater or the ocean. This image zoomed-in on this small creature by 1,600X!

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Here's an inside view of a mouse embryo before it has developed to a full-grown mouse.

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The zebrafish above, though beautiful, has alzheimer's. The neurons are shown in green, and the a protein called Tau is in red and blue. The blue Tau is not doing what is should be doing and is causing the Alzheimer's.

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