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To get a super-detailed X-ray view inside a cell — right down to the individual molecules — scientists dunk the cell they’re looking at in preservative chemicals. That not only kills the cell, it changes its internal structure ever so slightly, meaning researchers aren’t getting an exact look at the cell’s natural state. Now, scientists at Germany’s DESY Research Center have found a way around that, with a technique that’s produced the world’s first X-ray of an individual living cell.
Every once and a while I have to get dressed up for a wedding or something. And it’s kind of fun, but it always reminds me that I’m just not fancy on the inside. No matter how decked out I am I’m still a jeans and a tshirt person deep down. But hopefully that’s not true of luxury tech products that people spend a lot of money on. They should be just as shiny and fabulous on the inside. Right? LuxInside is trying to expose what’s really going on inside the fanciest purchases.
Have you heard about these newfangled X-ray machines? We should put ‘em in everything! We should literally use them to X-ray people’s feet to fit them for shoes. It sounds like a retro-parody cartoon, but it’s not. It’s what actually happened in the 1940s.
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If you ever stared at a chrysalis as a kid, patiently waiting for a beautiful new butterfly to emerge, you were probably left wondering just what was going on inside there. Was the caterpillar reconfiguring itself like a Transformer? Was it morphing like a Terminator? Nobody knows — except now everyone does thanks to these fascinating micro-CT 3D x-ray scans of the process.
We’ve all seen x-rays as art before, but this Christmas-themed selection is too good to pass up. Captured by Hugh Turvey, these images show what lurks beneath the wrapping paper you can’t wait to tear open.
When most people tackle DIY projects related to airports, it’s usually some kind of over-the-top commercial airline simulator. But not Ben Krasnow. He took a decidedly different approach by building his own X-ray backscatter machine using various parts found on eBay.