Exploding wires open sharp X-ray eye

By Peter Weiss, 15:48 PM April 15, 2008

Some coffee-table books feature hair-raising microscopic views of insects, dust mites, and other minimonsters. Taken with optical and electron microscopes, those pictures typically show only surface features of their subjects. Now, a novel X-ray camera peers into the interiors of tiny creatures and objects with micrometer-scale resolution over exceptionally large areas.

The new device faces stiff competition, however. Microscopists at huge electron accelerators called synchrotrons already mak...

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