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Thursday 23 October 2014

Wine put under the microscope

30th August, 2013 by Lucy Shaw

A series of photographs taken by a Hawaii-based scientist have come to light that reveal what drops of wine look like under a high powered microscope.

The featherlike appearance of drops of Beaujolais under a high powered microscope. Credit: Caters New Agency

As reported by the Daily Mail, Dr Gary Greenberg placed drops of Merlot, Zinfandel and Beaujolais under a microscope and used polarised filers on a camera to capture the results.

The sugars within the wine are revealed to boast a rainbow of different colours, while the wine’s individual particles formed an array of shapes and patterns.

According to the Mail, Greenberg took the images to explore the “beauty” of everyday items.

Merlot under the microscope. Credit: Caters News Agency

Merlot under the microscope. Credit: Caters News Agency

“The extraordinary nature of ordinary objects is revealed when seen through a microscope.

“Everyday objects take on a new reality when magnified hundreds or thousands of times, illuminating the hidden secrets of nature, which is what I like to reveal with my work,” he said.

“There’s an amazing micro world wrapped up inside the ordinary world that we experience through our senses,’ he added.

After completing a PhD in biomedical research at University College London, in the ‘90s Greenberg invented high definition, 3D light microscopes used to take his latest series of photographs.

In addition to wine, Greenberg has also explored the hidden worlds of flowers, fruit, bones, a human retina and grains of moon sand returned from NASA’S Apollo 11 mission.

He describes his work as “micro photography” in which the worlds of art and science collide.

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