Oct 17, 2012
Microscopic things are small. Really small. So small that it’s possible to forget that these are actual things that exist, with form and structure to be discovered. What Science â€“ Microcosm 3D attempts to do is to put things into perspective. 3D models of various microscopic objects can be seen. A Flea and sugar crysals measures 3×10^–3 m long, compared to the size of a human chromosome, which is small, when a human chromosome measures 10^–5 m, or .00001 m long. That’s really, really, really small. But it’s gargantuan compared to the size of a virus. The ruler along the bottom that shows where different items are on the scale provides perspective on just how small some of these things are. A virus in proportion to a human is about the proportion of a virus to a Uranium nucleus. Fascinating stuff, especially for those that haven’t been to a biology or chemistry class in a while. A selection of 3D models are available for free, with the rest available as in-app purchases. The app is available from Google Play.