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Chris Forman - 'Spider as seen by Scanning Electron Microscopy'

The electron micrographs are close up images of the silk spinarets and legs of a spider in all their glory. The specimens become charged in the electron beam beause they were in the microscope chamber all day for an open day and are non-conductive. This limits the resolution that can be attained but adds a peculiar sheen which gives an ambience to the "electro" (as opposed to 'photo'!). These images have in no way been doctored or processed beyond adjusting the contrast and brightness. The spider was found running around on the ground outside the IFM and is just a normal average, every day kind of a spider. In one image you can see a torus of what we think is spiders silk.

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Taken on June 23, 2011