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An incredibly detailed lifesize octopus cut from one sheet of paper by artist Masayo Fukuda - "At first glance, the beautiful artwork looks as though it was rendered using fine-tipped pens, but Fukuda carefully cut every detail from one sheet of paper."

They manufactured one using their "soft imprint lithographic method" which consists of... (*checks notes*)... casting it directly from a dead moth's eye. MADNESS.

Ah, ground planes with no thermal reliefs, ancient unwickable solder, and tissue thin conformal coating. Time for extreme measures.

...and OF COURSE there are wires tack soldered to the back of several pins.

Today's exciting microscope maintenance task: replacing some 40 year old DIP switches with some new ones that (hopefully) stay properly latched.

10 micron tubules on an insect egg. The thread in the first shot is likely spider silk. The entire egg is only about a millimeter tall.

Milly's beam is finally aligned and stable enough to take multiple photos at varying focal depths. Here are two focus stacked pollen grains, and a third non-stacked grain for comparison. Zoom in for full effect.

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