2009 MicroMonsters - Praying Mantis PMC
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This strange looking monster is actually a familiar insect! The remarkable transformation is a result of a Scanning Electron Morcroscopy (SEM). The SEM allows magnification of remarkable strength - well over one million times - and became commercially available in the 1960's. In addition to being a crucial research tool in many areas of science, SEM has changed the way we see the world. By enabling us to view any specimen at such magnification, SEM Reveals the beauty and complexity of microstructure in amazing clarity.
It also Importantly allows scientists to examine, among other things, the structure of cells, bacteria, viruses, colloidal particles, rocks, minerals and fossils, giving valuable insight into the nature of the physical world we inhabit and the origins of our planet. While SEM is always in black-and-white the stamp. featuring a Dead Leaf Mimic Mantis or Praying Mantis, has been colourised to emphasise specific features.
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