Exploring with Microscopes
Taking a closer look at our world
Microscopes let us view an invisible world – the objects around us that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Learn more about how microscopes work and how they can shed light on plant structure, cells, earthquake processes and more.
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Microscopes enhance our sense of sight. They make things appear bigger (magnify them) and increase the level of detail we can see (resolution).
Animal cells come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. We can learn a lot about what a cell does by looking at its shape.
Microscopes were important in recent research on harakeke (native New Zealand flax) at the University of Otago. Scientists and weavers worked together to compare the microscopic qualities of harakeke...
Deep below the Earth’s surface, rocks get ‘squished’ under pressure (instead of breaking), but can this tell us anything about how earthquakes happen? Professor Dave Prior from the University...