We don't have a sense of scale for the very small, and gigapan + microscopes (optical or SEM) can go a huge way towards opening the country of the very small to a wider public.
Richard Feynman wrote There's plenty of room at the Bottom, but even if you have read
that (more than once :-), you still don't get the sense of what
'small' means that you can get from seeing it in a Gigapan.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Moth Nano Gigapan
Here is a Nano Gigapan of a the head of a moth. It is composed of 195 pictures stitched together and is 130 megapixels. The moth is magnified 800x using a scanning electron microscope.