Insects in tiny space suits. Real ones. In a vacuum.

Can’t beat NBC’s headline for this: Insects Wear Tiny Spacesuits, for Science:

Scanning electron microscopes (SEM) provide incredibly detailed images of biological specimens, but the instruments have not been able to image living organisms because of the powerful vacuum environment required.

But now, a team of researchers has developed a way to image mosquitoes and other insects in an SEM, by wrapping them in a substance that keeps the organisms alive, without interfering with the imaging process.

There’s a video of the nano-suits (1,000th the width of a human hair) in action.

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