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Photoelastic stress of forks and spoons Featured polarized light Print

Photoelastic stress of forks and spoons

Coloured light interference pattern of spoons and forks. When photographed through cross-polarised white light some transparent plastics display coloured interference effects, according to the pattern of residual stress within the plastic (a result of moulding manufacturing). Areas of similar colour represent regions under similar degrees of stress. This phenomenon, known as photoelasticity, is utilised in engineering situations. Plastic models of bridges, gears, axles, etc may be made and subjected to proportional loads in order to predict the stress patterns that might occur in the real objects


Chebarkul meteorite, light micrograph Featured polarized light Print

Chebarkul meteorite, light micrograph

Chebarkul meteorite fragment seen through a microscope in polarised light. This research is being carried out at the Vernadsky Institute, Moscow, Russia. The meteoroid and meteor (Chelyabinsk Event) that produced this and other meteorite fragments occurred at around 09:20 local time (03:20 UTC) on 15 February 2013 over Russia's Chelyabinsk region. The meteoroid weighed several thousand tons, reaching an altitude of around 20 kilometres before exploding in an airblast. Most fragments found so far are less than a few centimetres across. Photographed on 28 February 2013


Adrenaline, polarized light micrograph Featured polarized light Print

Adrenaline, polarized light micrograph

Adrenaline. Polarized light micrograph of crystals of adrenaline (epinephrine). This is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands above the kidneys. Adrenaline is normally present in blood in small quantities. However, in times of stress large quantities are secreted into the blood- stream. Adrenaline widens the airways of the lungs, constricts small blood vessels and liberates sugar stored in the liver. This makes the muscles work harder and produce a "fight or flight" response. Adrenaline used as a drug expands the bronchioles in acute asthma attacks, or to stimulate the heart in cases of anaphylactic shock. Magnification: 50x