Fishy Scales and Ecphora Shell Under a PSEM

John Nance sent in two samples to be scanned by ASPEX’s elemental analyzer PSEM eXplorer.

A Ecphora Shell is actually a subspecies of a ferocious predator sea snail which is now an extinct member of rock snail family, Muricidae. Pretty cool stuff.

Included in this sample were fish scales. Don’t they look like grains of [...]

Mini Minerals Under A SEM

Jim Lehane from the University of Utah sent in minerals to ASPEX to be scanned under our Scanning Electron Microscopes. The scans shown below are magnified up to 1000x!

A New Perspective: Fossil and Minerals Under a Scanning Electron Microscope

Not only limited to studying science, Scanning Electron Microscopes can be used by geologists to get a really up close look of their fossils and other minerals. The use of SEMs in different industries like this has recently become an increasing trend due to the always emerging technology and the drive to always [...]

Bird Feathers Look Like String Under SEM

Not what you first expected eh?

Its hard to imagine that something this soft looks like a hard pieces of string under ASPEX’s Scanning Electron Microscopes .

The scan was done by using our sem edx analysis and the reports were prepared by using ASPEX Personal Image Print II (PIPTM).

Secondary electron detector (SED) images were [...]

NAME THAT SAMPLE! - WEEK 4

Great guesses last week! Again, congratulations to Bryan for guessing Halls cough drops.

Our prizes are getting bigger and this time we are giving away a Brand New Apple iPod Touch!

Since the stakes are higher, this week’s sample is a bit harder than last week’s, so it’s important to be [...]

Personal SEM Analysis of a Plastic Robot Arm

Aaron Saenz of Singularity Hub sent a plastic robot arm to ASPEX Corporation for image analysis using the ASPEX’s Scanning Electron Microscopes.

ASPEX manually analyzed the sample with the PSEM eXplorer.

Saenz had requested to provide images of the plastic robot arm, so reports were prepared using ASPEX Personal Image Print II (PIPTM).

Backscatter electron detector [...]

Fuzzy Wuzzy Wasp?! under a Scanning Electron Microscope

Wasps aren’t exactly cuddly creatures, but you’d never know that looking under our Scanning Electron Microscopes.

With its fur and eye magnified, the wasp Aaron Thompson from Nanjing International School submitted to ASPEX may make you reconsider your traditional feelings toward wasps.

ASPEX Corporation performed a manual image analysis of a wasp using the ASPEX Personal [...]

Is Your Day Dragon? Check Out a Dragonfly Scanned Under a Personal SEM

The image of the dragonfly represents a variety of things across traditional cultures. While Swedish folklore holds that the devil uses dragonflies to weigh people’s souls, for example, dragonflies had been used for traditional medicinal purposes in China and Japan.

These swift creatures are quite elusive, so it is no wonder Aaron Thompson from Nanjing International [...]

All We Are Is Dust in the…Scanning Electron Microscope?

Dust. It’s everywhere, or as Kansas sings, it’s everything.

Yet it’s something everyone is always looking to clean up and get rid of.

Daniel Lund from Glenwood Intermediate School got rid of some dust by sending it to ASPEX Corporation for image analysis using the ASPEX Personal SEM.

Manual image analysis was performed on the dust [...]

SEM Analysis of a Lucky Ladybug

If spotting a ladybug is considered good luck, seeing one zoomed in under our Scanning Electron Microscopes probably magnifies its luckiness by 50,000X!

That makes today your lucky day.

Daniel Lund from Glenwood Intermediate School sent in a ladybug to ASPEX Corporation for image analysis using the ASPEX Personal SEM.

Manual image analysis was performed on the [...]