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Crusty, dried-up coffee looks beautiful under a microscope

What you're looking at above is not bubbles of melted gold on a rusted surface. It's dried-up blobs of espresso coffee. The high-power microscope image is part of Nikon Small World, a contest that awards cash prizes for the most amazing microscope photos from around the world each year. This particular image is one of dozens of stunning finalists that judges hand-picked from thousands of entries, and I can see why.
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