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China hints at currency appreciation before Barack Obama arrives

China has moved to defuse a currency spat with the United States by hinting that it will allow the yuan to rise in the coming months.

The weakness of China’s currency, which critics say gives its exporters an unfair trade advantage, has become a major issue ahead of Barack Obama’s arrival in Shanghai on Sunday.

Mr Obama has said that currency will be a key part of his talks with Hu Jintao, the Chinese president. The exchange rate of the yuan has been frozen against the dollar for the past 16 months.

“Currency, along with a host of other issues, will come up, and I’m confident that both the United States and China can arrive at a broad set of policies that encourages trade that benefits both countries,” said Mr Obama.

The US president has so far stopped short of branding China as a currency manipulator, an accusation that carries a wide range of trade sanctions. However, US trade officials have slapped punitive sanctions on a variety of Chinese-made products ahead of his visit, ramping up tensions with Beijing.

The European Union has also complained bitterly that the weakness of the yuan makes domestic manufacturing uncompetitive and other countries, and the International Monetary Fund said it is “significantly undervalued”.

In response, the People’s Bank of China, the central bank, acknowledged the case for a stronger yuan in its quarterly report. It said that foreign exchange policy would take into account “capital flows and major currency movements”, a reference to the money that is flowing into China as a result of the attractive price of the yuan.

It also omitted its stock phrase that the yuan should be kept “basically stable at a reasonable and balanced level”, which it has repeated for over a year. In response, the yuan began to move slightly upwards against the dollar in futures markets.

However, economists at Goldman Sachs dismissed the possibility of any major change in the yuan’s valuation. “We maintain our three, six and 12-month forecasts for the dollar against the yuan as flat at 6.83 yuan,” said Helen Qiao.

“The PBOC has mentioned before that it hopes to refer to market movements more in the process of determining the exchange rate,” she added, but said that “top policy-makers do not seem to have made up their minds and the central bank does not have the final say.”

Chen Deming, the Trade minister, said last week that the yuan should remain “stable for exporters and Chinese manufacturers to make an easier judgement on future situations”.

International outrage as North Korea defies UN to launch missile in 'satellite test'

North Korea defied world leaders and United Nations’ resolutions this morning to launch a ballistic missile test.

The missile blasted off in the early hours from a coastal site in the north east of the country, prompting immediate condemnation from Britain and the U.S.

The U.S. and other nations suspect the launch was a cover for a test of North Korea’s long-range missile techonology.

President Barack Obama was woken up with the news it had taken off this morning, during his stay in the Czech republic at the end of his hectic European tour.

South Koreans watch the North Korean rocket launch on television. The launch was branded a ‘provocative action’ by US President Barack Obama

He immediately declared that the launch threatened the security of countries ‘near and far’.

In a speech this morning, Mr Obama announced a new international effort to secure nuclear material within 4 years. He said that North Korea had broken the rules and ‘now is the time for a strong international response.’

The US President added that the US would be hosting a summit on nuclear security within the next year.

He told reporters that the move demands a response from the international community.

He added that it underscores the plan he will be setting out later today about the need to combat the spread of nuclear weapons. 

Barack Obama speaking today in Prague. The US President said that North Korea had broken the rules and that ‘now is the time for a strong international response’

The security council said it would hold an emergency session in New York tonight, following a request from Japan minutes after the launch. 

In Britain, David Miliband condemned the launch of a rocket by North Korea today as a ‘hostile policy’.

The Foreign Secretary said it represented part of the Asian country’s ‘ballistic missile programme’ and therefore breached a United Nations Security Council resolution.

‘While Pyongyang continues to pursue a hostile policy towards the rest of the world, it cannot hope to take its rightful place within the international community.

‘I strongly urge North Korea to cease immediately all further missile-related activity and commit to engaging constructively with international partners,’ he said.

A protestor in front of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan, following North Korea’s rocket launch this morning

The multistage rocket flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific Ocean, the Japanese broadcaster NHK said. 

The launch took place at 3.30am UK time from the coastal Musudan-ri launch pad in north-eastern North Korea, the South Korean and US governments said.

North Korea has previously said it was sending a satellite into orbit, but the state’s neighbours suspected the launch was a cover for a long-range missile test and therefore a potential step towards the development of a nuclear weapon.

Mr Miliband said: ‘I strongly condemn North Korea’s action in conducting a satellite launch earlier today.

A satellite image shows the Musudan Ri rocket launch facility in North Korea

‘This action contributes directly to their ballistic missile programme, and therefore puts North Korea in breach of UN Security Council Resolution 1718.’

South Korea’s presidential Blue House called the launch a ‘reckless’ move that posed a ‘serious threat’ to stability on the Korean peninsula.

Presidential spokesman Lee Dong-kwan said: ‘We cannot contain our disappointment and regret over North Korea’s reckless act.’

The Taepoding-1, described as the first generation of North Korea’s ballistic missile. The communist state is set to test the second generation in three or four days, reports claim 

Japanese prime minister Taro Aso told a news conference: ‘Our primary concern is to confirm safety and gather information.’

President Obama said it was a clear violation of the security council resolution 1718, which prohibits North Korea from conducting ballistic missile-related activities of any kind. 

‘I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the UN security council,’ he said.

He had said last week that the launch would be ‘provocative’ and warned the US would ‘take appropriate steps to let North Korea know that it can’t threaten the safety and security of other countries with impunity’.

If the long-range rocket has test-fired successfully, North Korea would have a strike range of 4,200miles – putting it at least in range of Alaska in the US

North Korea would not find acceptance in the international community ‘unless it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction’, the President added.

His statement came from Prague, in the Czech Republic, where he will made a speech today on nuclear proliferation.

The Chinese government has reportedly called on all sides to show restraint following news of the launch.

Resistance To Flu Drug Widespread In U.S.: Study

A flu shot is prepared in Chicago, Illinois. US President Barack Obama has vowed to fight for his budget proposals that include investments in clean energy and healthcare as he faces a tough battle moving the measures through Congress. (AFP/Getty Images/File/Tim Boyle)

From Yahoo News/Reuters:

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Virtually all cases of the most common strain of flu circulating in the United States now resist the main drug used to treat it, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday.

CDC researchers said 98 percent of all flu samples from the H1N1 strain were resistant to Roche AG’s Tamiflu, a pill that can both treat flu and prevent infection. Four patients infected with the resistant strain have died, including two children.


Obama's BlackBerry Brings Personal Safety Risks

President Obama and his BlackBerry at the White House in late January.
(Credit: UPI Photo/Ron Sachs/Pool)

From CNET News:

When the mainstream media first announced Barack Obama’s “victory” in keeping his BlackBerry, the focus was on the security of the device, and keeping the U.S. president’s e-mail communications private from spies and hackers.

The news coverage and analysis by armchair security experts thus far has failed to focus on the real threat: attacks against President Obama’s location privacy, and the potential physical security risks that come with someone knowing the president’s real-time physical location.


Neil Armstrong Walking On The Moon Is Most Memorable Television Moment

From The Telegraph:

Astronaut Neil Armstrong walking on the moon is the most memorable television first, according to a survey of 3,000 people.

More than half chose the moment in 1969 when man first walked on the moon as their most memorable television world first.

Among the other events which left their mark on viewers was the election of Barack Obama as the first African-American president, nominated by 37.5 per cent of people questioned.

Third most memorable was the assassination of President John F Kennedy in 1963, nominated by 27 per cent.

The survey was commissioned by Sony Bravia to mark the UK launch of the world’s thinnest LCD TV.


Wikipedia: Black and white and wrong all over

Free-content Web site is your No. 1 source for late-breaking inaccuracies

The speed with which some rabbit-reflexed webmaster changed regimes on the White House Web site still couldn’t match the mad skillz of the jackass responsible for breaking the big fake news on Wikipedia: Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. is dead!

Day one for the oft-described “first tech-savvy” president of the United States tested the mettle of the World Wide Web. Simultaneous streaming video over the Internet was reportedly at its highest ever, thanks to those of us who chose the comfort of the office over a front-row seat to history and the risk of hypothermia at Washington D.C.’s National Mall. 

In the end, the Web won the day. Not only did it endure all that heavy lifting, it mostly did so at the typical broadband pace we short-attention span types can tolerate, with surprisingly few periods of lag time. 

And how about the speed with which some rabbit-reflexed webmaster changed regimes on the official White House Web site? Per our Constitution, the old dot-gov recognized President Barack Obama’s authority at straight-up noon. It happened so fast, the site reported things that hadn’t even happened yet.

According to a 12:01 p.m. blog post by White House director of new media Macon Phillips, “A short time ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.” Yet the video timestamp reveals that President Obama didn’t place his hand on the bible until four minutes later, at 12:05 p.m.

Impressive, yes, but it hardly ranks an awesome-update mention compared to the blink-and-you’d-miss-it action on Wikipedia that same day. That’s right, the president’s Web Czar just couldn’t match the mad skillz of the jackass responsible for breaking the big fake news: Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass. is dead!

Of course, he totally isn’t, but that wasn’t the salient point for the Wiki-warrior. When given the choice between accuracy and dropping some dubious drama before anyone else had the chance, “First!” bragging rights won out.

So there you go, kids. Wikipedia is not a news source. Remember that next time you have a social studies or history report due. Except, well, sometimes it gets it right and breaks a real story. So it is a kind of a news source … sort of an incredibly unreliable news source that’s likely to bury its hinky lede — like, oh, let’s say the subject’s death — in the last paragraph. 

Yes, that’s where the Sen. Kennedy’s untimely tidbit was found. The false information wasn’t blatant or bolded, just tagged at the end of the senator’s side box scorecard. Even rush-to-the-ready fabricators know a thing or two about subtlety, evidently. Not that it lessens the impact for the reader. 

“Oh my God, Wikipedia already has it!” (My desk mate’s announcement upon checking the relevant entry soon after the news of Sen. Kennedy’s seizure broke.) 

It was true. The addition’s presence, not the death intel. 

I IM’d this bit of inaugural Internet culture to my boss on the other side of the country, in Redmond, Wa. 

His response? We were mistaken. The page was devoid of deathly detail. 

We refreshed. Boss was right. News was gone. We refreshed again. Boss was wrong. The inaccurate information was back. And so it went with each subsequent reload. Like some macabre hokey pokey, the Sen. Kennedy’s status swapped over and over until the entry was locked down to keep the citizen jackasses at bay.

The discussion area revealed that we were not alone in our Wiki-voyeurism:

“I apologize for informally posting here but Ted Kennedy isn’t dead,” wrote the insistent, first poster. “Why dose (sic) it say that he is dead when he isn’t? HE’S NOT DEAD. CHECK YOUR INFO. WOW. You, my friend, are a pure mor*n.” 

It was action time in the sooner-or-later-self-policed community, as a second contributor chimed in: “Editors, please lock this page for further edits until something definite is known about Senator Kennedy. The ghouls are already descending on this page to celebrate Kennedy’s collapse and prematurely declaring him dead. It’s not only childishly hateful, but horrendously inaccurate.” 

Another civic-minded poster wrote: “Thank you for removing the Jan. 20th Date of Death. You beat me to it.”

The quick moving Wikipedia avatar’s response: “You’re welcome. (I also changed “was” to “is”.)”

Got to love that kind of equal dedication to content and grammar in the midst of the Wikipedia vandalism war we’d we all stumbled upon.

But we didn’t really stumble upon it. Apparently, mankind has evolved in such a way that checking Wikipedia whenever news of an uncertain origin or ending hits is now a reflex imprinted in our reptile brains. 

That “FIRST!” guy who initially changed the profile, the Wikipedia avatar who corrected the entry and everyone who caught the false information — we heard something bad and that’s where we went. Apparently, Wikipedia is now the Public Storage space for our universal subconscious. It houses prized possessions and a fair share of worthless junk, too. 

That said, I totally heart Wikipedia. We all do. Sure, it’s reliably unreliable at times, but that’s part of its not-so-newsy charm — we’re in charge of separating the faux from the facts.             By Helen A.S. Popkin

Interim NASA Chief Takes Charge Until Obama Settles on Successor

 Mike Griffin gave his last speech as NASA administrator to his staff before departing Washington on a ski vacation on Jan. 16, leaving Associate Administrator Chris Scolese to run the agency until U.S. President Barack Obama settles on a successor.

Griffin’s departure and the resignation of his deputy, Shana Dale, left Scolese as the top ranking official at NASA. Outgoing President George W. Bush issued an executive order Jan. 16 making the 22-year NASA veteran’s position as acting administrator official.

Griffin’s parting words were marked by personal thanks to managers and staff he had led during nearly four years as NASA chief. He said he was heartened that staff members continued to work with him even as it became increasingly clear during the past two months that Obama would not ask him to stay on the job despite Griffin’s desire to do so. 

“I’m well aware that as a political appointee it’s very, very easy for the career staff to adopt what I call the belief in the hereafter – I’ll be here after he’s gone. And when that happens the agency can’t get anything done because you’re at odds. And that by and large didn’t happen in my four years here and I’m grateful to you,” Griffin said.

Like thousands of other Bush appointees, Griffin submitted his resignation effective Jan. 20, when Bush officially left office.

While Obama had not named a successor before Griffin’s last official day on the job, sources said the leading candidate was retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Jonathan Scott Gration, a decorated fighter pilot and close adviser to Obama during the campaign. Gration helped write the seven-page space policy paper the Obama campaign released in August supporting Bush’s goal of sending humans to the Moon by 2020 and calling for narrowing the time gap between the planned 2010 retirement of the space shuttle and the first flight of its successor system, now scheduled for 2015, sources said. The paper stood out as the most comprehensive NASA policy statement released by a major presidential candidate in recent history.

Gration held senior policy positions in the military prior to his 2006 retirement from the Air Force but lacks space-related experience aside from a one-year stint in 1982 as a White House Fellow working for NASA’s deputy administrator at the time, Hans Mark. 

Sources had said an announcement of Gration’s nomination could come as soon as Jan. 14. However, a potential roadblock emerged on Capitol Hill that day when U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) warned against placing someone without NASA experience in the job. Nelson, who chairs a key NASA oversight panel, had previously endorsed retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charlie Bolden, a former astronaut who co-piloted Nelson’s 1986 space shuttle mission, for the post. 

Bolden said Jan. 16 he had not been contacted by anyone representing Obama to discuss the administrator post.

“I’m honored just to have my name out there,” Bolden said. “I have resisted the temptation to respond to questions about what I would or wouldn’t do because that would be presumptuous.”

Nelson, asked to comment on the prospect of Gration leading the space agency, referred to the tenure of former NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe, who had no direct space experience before moving to NASA from the White House Office of Management and Budget in late 2001.

“I think President Bush made a mistake when he appointed someone without NASA experience in Sean O’Keefe to head the agency. I hope President Obama’s pick will have that kind of [NASA] background,” Nelson said Jan. 14 through his spokesman, Dan McLaughlin.

Nelson added in a Jan. 16 statement that he hoped Obama would select someone with experience similar to Griffin, an engineer with three decades of experience in space and other high-technology jobs.

“Mike Griffin is a good man and was a good administrator,” Nelson said. “I am hopeful that the administration’s selection to replace him has similar experience and knowledge of the space program as Mike does.”

John Logsdon, a space policy expert with the Smithsonian Institution’s Air and Space Museum here, said Gration’s lack of space experience should not disqualify him for the job. “There are lots of NASA administrators who have come from other areas without a background in space,” he said. “You want a guy who is a leader and can manage a large organization.”

Those former administrators include the second and third NASA chiefs, James Webb and Tom Paine, respectively. Webb was a lawyer who served in the Marine Corps during World War II and held several positions in Washington, including undersecretary of the State Department and White House budget director, before becoming NASA chief. Paine, an engineer by training, replaced Webb after a career as a laboratory researcher and manager who had served as a U.S. Navy submarine officer in World War II.

Gration, who retired from the Air Force in 2006, flew 274 missions over Iraq during and after the first Gulf War, according to the Air Force’s Web site. He told attendees of the Democratic National Convention in August that he met then-Sen. Obama in 2005 while serving as director of strategy, plans and policy at U.S. European Command.

“That’s when I met a leader unlike any I had met before,” he said as he led a retired generals’ tribute at the convention. “He asked tough questions, and he didn’t settle for easy answers. It was this same way of thinking that led him to get it right when he opposed the [current] war in Iraq, when he warned of its consequences. That’s the judgment of a leader.”

Gration accompanied Obama on a five-nation, 15-day tour of Africa in 2006. He went on to campaign for Obama alongside former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig and retired Gen. Merrill McPeak, former Air Force chief of staff, as part of Obama’s national security policy working group. He also served on Obama’s transition team for the U.S. Defense Department.

The son of missionary parents, Gration spent part of his childhood in the Congo and speaks Swahili fluently, according to a Newsweek article published in August 2007. He joined the Air Force in 1974 through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He earned a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University in Washington in 1988.

From George Washington To Barack Obama: All 44 US Presidents

This is cool.

What Obama's two million crowd looked like from space – and why it will take days to clear up their mess

It was the largest crowd in history to ever have witnessed a presidential inauguration.

A record-setting 1.8million people crowded on to the National Mall in Washington DC yesterday to watch Barack Obama become the first black president of the United States on the steps of the Capitol Building.

Now the clean-up: Trash and other debris scattered across the National Mall after the inauguration ceremony

A satellite view of the National Mall shows nearly two million people swarming the grounds before the Capitol Building yesterday during Barack Obama’s inauguration

They had been waiting since dawn – some had even camped over night – in sub-zero temperatures for a ceremony full of pomp and circumstance.

But now the pomp is over, circumstances are looking a bit messy.

These pictures show not only the scale of the crowd, but the scale of the clean-up now facing Washington’s street cleaners.

Top: The ‘before’ shot of the National Mall, taken by satellite in December last year. Below:The ‘after’ shot of the Mall during the ceremony

The debris scattered over the grounds of the Mall consisted mostly of paper and plastic bottles, newspapers, food wrappers, coffee cups, and even American flags.

It will take until the weekend just to clear the thousands of port-a-loos off the Mall. Trucks hauling big septic tanks could be seen working the streets this morning.

Workers will also have to reinstall stop lights along the parade route taken down for the presidential parade. Media parapernalia – audio and video towers – are all expected to come down today.

The view from in front of the Capitol Building looking down the Mall towards the Washington Monument yesterday

Peering Into The Micro World

A team of University of Michigan researchers created a set of electron microscope images of carbon nanotube structures depicting images of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama. John Hart, leader of the research team says it wasn’t a political statement, but an attempt to draw attention to what is possible these days with nanotechnology, and imaging at the very small scale. I’ll take him up on this invitation and share with you some other images of very tiny things in our world. For visualizing the scale, most measurements below are in microns – one micron is a millionth of a meter – human hair is approximately 100 microns thick. 

Images of U.S. President-elect Barack Obama, each made with approximately 150 million tiny carbon nanotubes, are photographed using an electron microscope by University of Michigan Mechanical Engineering Department in this image released to Reuters November 10, 2008. The image, based on an original drawing by Shepard Fairey, is just wider than 500 microns and is made of approximately 150 million tiny carbon nanotubes, which is about the number of Americans who voted on November 4, according to John Hart at University of Michigan.  Electron micrograph close-up of a weevil (Curculionidae family) – its snout is just over 100 microns wide. Scanning electron microscope image of a leaf from a Black Walnut tree. Image shows a cross-section of a cut leaf, itsupper epidermal layer, mesophyll layer with palisade cells and vascular bundles, and lower epidermal layer. The protrusion at center is just over 50 microns tall. 

A Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) gear train manufactured on silicon. The larger gear at center is about 80 microns wide.
Microalgae seen under the microscope: CO2-feeders in the ocean. 
Rime on a columnar snow crystal. Contact between the snow crystal and the supercooled droplets in the air resulted in freezing of the liquid droplets onto the surface of the crystal. Observations of snow crystals clearly show cloud droplets measuring up to 50 microns on the surface of the crystal. 
Pollen from a variety of common plants: sunflower, morning glory, hollyhock, lily, primrose and caster bean. The largest one at center is nearly 100 microns wide. 
In this Harvard University photograph released October 8th, 2008, brain cells of a laboratory mouse are shown glowing with multicolor fluorescent proteins at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to two Americans and a U.S.-based Japanese scientist for research on a glowing jellyfish protein that revolutionized the ability to study disease and normal development in living organisms. 
Magnified 598x, this scanning electron micrograph depicts an enlarged view of the chitinous, exoskeletal surface of a male louse, Pediculus humanus var. corporis. In this particular view, the exoskeleton appears to be composed of interlocking plates. 

Scanning electron microscope image of an ant. Its eye is approximately 300 microns wide. 
Scanning electron microscope image of the compound eye of a noctuid moth. Each facet of the eye (ommatidium) is approximately 25 microns wide. 
Winner of an Honorable Mention in Illustration in the 2008 International Science and Engineering Visualization Awards, this is a rendered 3D image of a melanoma cell using data obtained using ion abrasion scanning electron microscopy, a novel approach for imaging mammalian cells at nanometer resolution. 
Scanning electron microscope image of lower surface of Arabidopsis thaliana leaf, showing a trichome – an outgrowth, or “leaf hair” that grows out of specialized epidermal cells. 
Scanning electron microscope image of a pyralidae moth, a side view of its head and curled prob
oscis. Its eye is about 800 microns wide. 

Under a magnification of 1438x, this scanning electron micrograph reveals some of the ultrastructural details seen on the surface of a “crimson clover”, Trifolium incarnatum flower petal. 

The anterior spiracles  (respiratory openings) of a fruit fly larvae magnified 1500x. 

Under high magnification of 5653x, this scanning electron micrograph depicts the surface of an unidentified insect’s compound eye, revealing photoreceptor cells, support cells and pigment cells that make up the repeating hexagonally-shaped units of a compund eye known as “ommatidia”. 

This scanning electron micrograph shows the exoskeletal morphology found on one of the six legs of an unidentified hornet found in the suburbs of Decatur, Georgia. Under a magnification of 87X, what this SEM reveals is the anatomical configuration of what is termed the leg’s “tarsal chain”, which comprises the tarsus, and pretarsus or claw. 

At a magnification of 765X, this scanning electron micrograph reveals morphologic details found at the tip of this adult figeater beetle’s maxillary galea, which due to its shape, was given this Latin name for “helmet”. The galea is located just medial to another, more prominent maxillary appendage, the palpus. Note the concave configuration at the distal tip of the galea, and how there are numerous pointed protuberances inside this concavity, which are most probably sensorial in nature. 

Scanning electron microscope image of Heliotropium (marine heliotrope) lower leaf surface, showing trichomes and a few stomata. The large trichome at bottom is approximately 50 microns wide at its base. 

Description: At a magnification of 1504x, this scanning electron micrograph shows features of an Anopheles dirus mosquito’s antennae. In this particular view, only the first two (of three) segments of the left antenna are visible. Covered with sensorial “hairs”, which aren’t really hairs at all, but exoskeletal chitinous extensions, known as “setae”, they provide feedback to the mosquito as to chemical, thermal, and tactile changes in its environment. 

In this Harvard University photograph released October 8th, 2008, brain cells of a laboratory mouse are shown glowing with multicolor fluorescent proteins at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The Nobel prize in chemistry was awarded to two Americans and a U.S.-based Japanese scientist for research on a glowing jellyfish protein that revolutionized the ability to study disease and normal development in living organisms. 

Under a low magnification of 58X this scanning electron micrograph shows some of the exoskeletal morphologic characteristics displayed on the head region of an unidentified beetle. What appears to be hairs are actually sensorial organs known as “setae”, which provide the organism with information about its environment including changes in temperature, wind direction, and chemical queues, i.e., pheromones. 

This scanning electron micrograph shows the “scape”, or the first segment of an unidentified mosquito’s left antenna magnified 500X. Note that the central region of the scape is concave, where the second segment of the antenna, known as the “pedicle” will interlock. The grape-like ommatidia surrounding the scape are the functional units of its compound eyes. 

A polllen grain on perched on the anther of a Penta lanceolata flower. The grain is about 40 microns wide. 

Scanning electron microscope image of the stigma of a Penta lanceolata flower, approximately 140 microns wide. 

This image is of a schistosome parasite. It enters the body through the skin of persons coming in contact with infested waters. The adult worm lives in the veins of its host. The parasite is magnified x256 in this photograph. 

Pictured is a breast cancer cell, photographed by a scanning electron microscope. This picture shows the overall shape of the cell’s surface at a very high magnification. Cancer cells are best identified by internal details, but research with a scanning electron microscope can show how cells respond in changing environments and can show mapping distribution of binding sites of hormones and other biological molecules. 

Under a low magnification of 23x, this 2007 scanning electron micrograph depicts the fibrous configuration of a dry macrofoam sponge swab. 

Scanning electron microscope image of Juglans nigra (Black Walnut tree) lower leaf surface, showing a variety of trichomes.