What the world looks like magnified 22 millions times (14 Photos)

  • http://mensconfidence.com/ TommyB

    #1 Why do I still smoke? #% WEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!

    • http://thechive.com/ Paula_

      [pets you on the back]

      – Good Tommy!

    • allcomesfromreddit

      you're all morons if you think this is actually magnified 22millions times. Including you OP

      • mihaisuzuki

        And maybe you have some kind of proof that can make us believe you?

  • Sue Acide


  • Mason420

    #12 green eyelashes

    • SomeScientist

      All of the colors are false colors, added manually after the images were obtained. Electron microscopy gives images only in black and white.

    • Woody

      EyeBROW, not eyelash…

    • K-O

      I definitely feel the need to use a facial cleanser right now.

  • dbee


    • allcomesfromreddit

      reddit => 9gag => social media outlets => *5 days later* => thechive

      • anon

        4chan > reddit> tumblr> social media > 9gagfaggots > chive

  • http://mensconfidence.com/ TommyB

    Creepy looking. I thought it was grass.

  • SlimtwigMJ

    #5 Doesn't matter, had sex.

    • Si1entStatic

      I feel sorry for the scientist that had to hold that sample under the microscope. =/

      Or the hooker that had to hold her mouth open the whole time they needed to take the shot…..

      • MonkeyMadness

        You mean Paula.

  • Endo

    No Joke, as soon as I saw the lice my head started itching.

  • etcrr

    Absolutely amazing #10 will haunt someone's nightmares

  • chicago

    #18 looks like the Lice has Lice.

  • AllanA

    #10 After looking at this, suddenly my head became itchy, thanks chive!

  • pooper

    #2 mmmm blue crystals… makes me want a smoke

    • Asshole Aplenty

      you spelled Cancer wrong

      • Tim

        Go lecture fat people. Obesity is outpacing smoking as the leading cause of premature death.

        • Underbaker

          Because after we quit smoking we put on about 50 pounds. At least that is my story.

        • Mike Hunt
    • http://www.last.fm/user/mutiilator Brand_n

      Makes you want to smoke some of Walt's blue meth from Breaking Bad?

      • pooper

        love that show!

        • DutchChiveFan

          Amen to that!

    • fnaah

      Trivia: cigarette manufacturers in Australia don't put the "keep it burning" stuff in anymore, because it tends to cause bushfires (widfires) when people toss their cig butts out the windows of their cars. Also prevents housefires due to poeple smoking in bed.

    • Paully69er

      Well, it states " Crystal additives releasing Oxygen" That's perfect! More Oxygen!
      Thanks Blue Crystals.

      Everyone can use more Oxygen….o.0

    • Smoke Up Johnny

      Nothing will ever make me stop smoking – except death, or the unavailability of cigarettes. Oddly enough when cigarettes are not available, I go on living and am occasionally proud of myself for doing so. However, when in the land of smokes, I must smoke or die trying. Not sure what all that means, butt…

  • nepster

    #8 not an mosquito…a happy mosquito!

    • nepster


    • Wilford Brimley

      Not happy. He's got Diabeetus.

    • Armed Ann Dangerous

      The little bastard

    • Csquaredapparel

      Looks like the pig off angry birds!

  • jordan

    im so confused

  • Anjin-San

    #9 Fractal FTW

  • 177ike

    reminds me of the pigs in angry birds

  • whyme1973

    #13 Looks like a creature from a Sci-Fi horror flick.

  • http://echogeo.wordpress.com/ echogeo

    Think of the possibilities…paper money…water cooler nozzle at work…the 'sneeze guard' over salad bars in cafeterias…better we don't know.

    • Ricco

      That would be interesting to see. Must be really gross.

  • David

    Actually, the colors are all added afterwards. Electron microscopes (especially SEMs, which were used for all these pictures) produce images in shades of black and white. Sorry for the nerdy correction

    • whodoube

      Further, many of these are not enlarged 22 million times, not even close. some are enlarged only several hundred times. 22 million times is for viewing individual atoms and such.

  • Dave

    I'm a Microbiologist – This is everyday shit to me, Chive

    • Hunter X

      Well then, the FLBP and GAP won't be everyday things to you, now will it? xD

      • its_forge

        Some of those lab assistants can be pretty cleavagey.

    • beedee

      Yeah, something is wrong when you have to brag about it. Whatever makes you feel good I guess.

    • chicago

      I don't trust anybody that wears a coffee filter across their face for immunity purposes. this post proves my point.

    • Not a fan

      Wow Dave! Can I be your friend? Can I can I huh can I please!!

    • Sonoran Desert

      Cool story, bro.

    • Lefty8

      Uh oh, we've got a badass here!

  • b0wjanglez

    The microchip and butterfly wing look pretty cool. Though the lice freaked me out a bit.

  • Oddie Monsta


  • Obama

    #4 hmm so tron does exist…..

  • Edward

    Thanks, i didn't really need sleep for the next few nights.
    Altough these are pretty d*mn awsome.

  • Da Sandman

    most of these pics are hardly enlarged 1 million times…

    • Musabi

      They aren't…. on they're all different magnifications and some are even less than 10,000.

      • Ricco

        Hold on, let me get my ruler…..yeh, you're right. LOL

  • keithp420

    #6, yeah, never eating raspberries again…

    • Ricco

      Eww, never eating butterfly eggs again.

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