This series from the University of Cambridge takes us to the frontlines of science to combine stunning close-up imagery with the voices of those behind the research (and the photos). The films catch glimpses of the natural and man-made worlds, uncovering unseen details that are only observable through the use of sophisticated microscopes and imaging techniques.

From biomaterials to embryonic development these films demonstrate some of the varied and cutting-edge research currently being undertaken at the University of Cambridge. Looking across the series, it is also possible to see the wide ranging imaging techniques employed by the different fields as they peer into hidden worlds beyond the naked eye.

The Engineering Department at the University of Cambridge have also published an incredible collection of stunning imagery which you can explore here.

Cambridge is one of the world’s leading research universities. It has more than 80 Nobel Prizes to its credit, more than any other single university in the world.

Media Gallery

  • Beetle

    As seen by Scanning Electron Microscopy

    Image: Chris Forman

  • A thin layer of gold on top of rubber

    Cracks in the gold allow it to stretch and we can use this for stretchable electronics

    Image: Dr Ingrid Graz

  • Compound eye of fruitfly

    As seen by Scanning Electron Microscopy

    Image: Chris Forman

  • Fruit fly foot

    As seen from a scanning electron microscope

    Image: Chris Forman

Under the Microscope

Capturing glimpses of the natural and man-made world in stunning close-up.

Fruitfly as seen by Scanning Electron Microscopy

Chris Forman - 'Fruitfly as seen by Scanning Electron Microscopy'