Colorful nebulae made with ink spreading in water

Macro Room made a simple and beautiful video of inksquirts: "This time we dived into the hypnotising beauty of colored ink in water and the interaction of this substance with different elements." I love how their videos are carefully devised to show both sides of the curtain. Here's another:

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This ASMR of vegetables defrosting may make you shudder with delight

Break out the headphones for this tingly and satisfying sound design of macro timelapse thawing of fruits and vegetables. The visuals are quote appetizing and lovely, but the sounds are what really make it amazing. Read the rest

The macro beauty of objects sliced in half

The Macro Room sliced numerous objects in half -- from a toothpaste tube to a seashell to a digital camera -- to reveal the beautiful mysteries inside. (via Laughing Squid)

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Watching ice cream bars melt can be as glorious as it is depressing

So tragic yet I... can't... look... away.

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Macro timelapse of frozen treats melting

Macro Room grabbed a bunch of frozen treats and filmed extreme closeups as they melted. The melting patterns create beautiful and sometimes surprising delights. Read the rest

The secret skylines of high-magnification computer chips

Christoph Morlinghaus got a gig photographing motherboards for Cisco and discovered that the chips he was shooting were spectacular at extreme magnifications, prompting him to create Motherboard, a collection of arty, high-rez images of boards. Read the rest

Timelapse of pills dissolving: "decaying clowns"

Kottke nailed it when he said that the timelapse video of these colorful pills dissolving looks like "decaying clowns." Read the rest

Extreme closeups of animal eyes

Photographer Suren Manvelyan continued his series of stunning closeups of eyes by focusing on non-humans. Above: Red-eared turtle. Below, a Fennec fox and a raven. Read the rest

Culturing the critters on an 8-year-old's hand

Tasha Sturm, a lab tech, sampled her 8 year old son's hand when he came in from playing outside in an agar medium, then cultured the microbes that came off in the dish. Read the rest

Rare photo of honeybee leaving its stinger behind

Kathy Keatley Garvey has won the Association for Communication Excellence gold medal for her rare photo of a honeybee leaving behind its stinger in an unfortunate (but now immortalized) human. Ms Garvey comes from a line of California dairy farmers who have kept bees since the mid 19th century. She is a communications specialist at UC Davis in the Department of Entomology. Andrea Gallo reports in the Sacramento Bee:

Garvey recognized an opportune time to capture this photo when she was walking with a friend. A bee came close to him and started buzzing at a high pitch. She said that's normally a telltale sign that a bee is about to sting, so she readied her camera and snapped four photos.

The images showed the progression of the sting, but the most interesting part was that the bee's abdominal tissue lingered behind, she said.

"As far as I know, nobody's been able to record anything like this," Garvey said. She said the only time she's seen it illustrated was in a textbook.

UCD worker wins award for rare photo of bee sting in action (via MeFi)

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Macro photos of the inside of musical instruments

On Behance, art director Bjoern Ewers shows off the gorgeous macro-photo ads he produced for the Berlin Philharmonic, which depict the insides of instruments as airy atria (or, as Colossal has it, "vast and spacious, almost as if you could walk around inside them.")

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