We so rarely look at everyday objects that, when they are pictured under a scanning electron microscope, they take on a new - and sometimes disgusting new life.

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An ant carries a computer chip.

A close-up of the microchip.

Eyelashes growing out of human skin.

The surface of a strawberry.

Bacteria on a human tongue.

Human sperm.

The components of household dust.  Includes cat hair, insect remains, pollen, and fibers.

Nylon stockings

A mosquito's head.

Head lice and a human hair.

Spider eyes.

Cigarette paper.

A rusty nail.

Mushroom spores.

Butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant.

Calcium phosphate crystal.

Gold atoms.

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