Undertoad Wednesday Jul 17 10:48 AM
7/17/2002: Micro bug on micro machine
Griff Wednesday Jul 17 02:23 PM
That put a smile on my face. As they fill the world with micro-machines, what happens to the poor spider mite? Will he need to evolve in any way as his enviroment changes?
blowmeetheclown Wednesday Jul 17 03:33 PM
Maybe he can get a job asa micro-mechanic.
Griff Wednesday Jul 17 03:38 PM
Yah, but who's gonna weave that nifty asa arm patch?
NateXLH1000 Thursday Jul 18 10:30 PM
I think that in order for an electron microscope to function properly, the sample has to be plated with a metal film. Also, inside an electron microscope is a vacuum.
jaguar Friday Jul 19 02:12 AM
is it an electron microscope?
russotto Friday Jul 19 03:06 PM
Naa, it's probably optical. If the gears are blood cell sized, the pic is well within the range of optical microscopes.
Bitman Friday Jul 19 07:04 PM
I feel like quoting Slashdot here: "Doesn't Anyone REaD the ARtiCLE?!" (Yeah, I know there's no article, but still..) They only need a 200x scope for this stuff. At least, the live webcam is 200x, and the other pictures look about the same scale.
Tobiasly Friday Jul 19 11:12 PM
If it's an optical scope, why aren't they in color? Oh, that's right, bugs see in black and white. No, wait a minute..
juju Saturday Jul 20 12:10 AM
Their website explains a bit about their microscope. But it's in scientist-speak, and I can't decipher it.
jaguar Saturday Jul 20 01:53 AM
Well if its *not* an electron microsocope, why is there no colour. If it is, why are there movies of the bugs moving?
juju Saturday Jul 20 02:14 AM
Their website says that the microscope is capable of capturing clear images of the gears even if they are moving at high RPMs. This allows them to take several pictures in a sequence and determine how fast the gear is moving.
MaggieL Saturday Jul 20 10:02 AM
The microscope is optical. (There's a picture of it on the site.) Probably the imaging is monochrome to keep the digital size down.
Tobiasly Sunday Jul 21 11:04 AM
I just assumed the microscope used to take the still, black-and-white images wasn't the same one used to do the moving-gears movies, since the images look completely different and the magnification appears to be orders of, um, magnitude apart.
Undertoad Sunday Jul 21 11:22 AM
Slight Monday Jul 22 04:44 PM
Supposing the image is of photons and not of electrons you will have to consider that any equipment that is attached to a microscope probably triples in price due to being in a lab environment. So any electronic camera equipment will be bought as cheaply as possible meaning no color. And color is not as important when you publish in science magazines.
NateXLH1000 Monday Jul 22 10:46 PM
Ongoing 'scope debate
Griff Thursday Jul 25 07:55 AM