We live in a wondrous world filled with marvels all around us, but sometimes we forget. Getting caught up in our daily lives most people barely stop to smell the roses, much less open the roses to look inside. Well, it turns out that there are beautiful secrets hidden underneath and inside things you would never even think to take a closer look at.
A lions fur is gorgeous on the outside but have you ever seen the intricate pattern that sits beneath? or how about the quarry where they mine the marble for your countertops? The following list is a collection of photos that show the unseen side of things that are all around us. If something catches your eye don’t forget to upvote your favorite!
1 This Is What A Cleaned Heart Looks Like
A ghost heart is obtained by washing away all donor cells until you're left with a protein scaffold. This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient's stem cells so a new heart - one that won't be rejected - can be grown.
2 Large Ice Crystals In Switzerland
Ice crystal precipitation vary in shapes, intensity and size, but are found in cold regions around the world. "In the absence of supercooled liquid water, the growth of ice crystals to precipitation size is most likely dominated by aggregation of smaller ice crystals, which depends on the ice crystal number concentration and temperature (Hobbs et al. 1974) ," as you can see in the image below.
3 This Is What A Tiger's Skin Looks Like When It's Shaved
Each tiger has a unique pattern of stripes which are ideal for the camouflage needs of the animal.
"Interestingly, the skin of the tiger is also striped beneath the patterned fur," say Tigers.org. "The darkness of the pigmentation of the skin seems to be directly related to the darkness of the fur."
4 Microbes Left Behind From The Handprint Of An 8-Year-Old Boy After Playing Outside
But before you freak out and lock yourself inside, remember that most germs won't harm you. Your immune system protects you against infectious agents. And growing up in 'natural' environments help kids develop a balanced immune response.
5 You Can See Every Organ In The Glass Frog
Reticulated glass frogs are found in the rain forests of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. The skin on their underside is completely transparent which allows for you to see their internal organs and even their beating heart. Scientists still don't know the evolutionary reason behind their see-through skin, but think the pattern on their backs are meant to resemble eggs and confuse predators.
6 What Thousands Of Years Look Like In One Photo (Dun Briste Sea Stack, Downpatrick Head, Co. Mayo, Ireland)
Living 50 metres off the north Mayo coast at Downpatrick Head sits the 45 metre high flat topped sea stack Dún Briste (the Broken Fort). Interestingly, this is considered to be a relatively new sea stack as it was only separated of the mainland Ireland in 1393 when monster seas severed it from County Mayo in an overnight storm. The summit of the stack is approximately 50 metres long and 15 metres across the centre. This flattopped stack contains the remains of the buildings where people were living on the night of the great storm. In 1980 three scientists landed on the summit by helicopter and spent a couple of hours examining the remains of the buildings and plant life still surviving there. They discovered the remains of a building running across the centre of the headland with enough details left to say that both people and livestock lived together inside it.
7 Some 5-Pointed Starfish Can Be Squared Due To Birth Defects
Did you know that there are about 1,500 species of starfish that we know of? From the tropics to frigid polar waters, they are found from the intertidal zone down to abyssal depths, 6,000 m (20,000 ft) below the surface.
8 This Is What An Empty Boeing 787 Looks Like
The Boeing 787 is known as the 'Dreamliner' and its variants seat 242 to 335 passengers. The 787 was designed to be 20% more fuel-efficient than the Boeing 767, which it was intended to replace.
While Boeing isn't having a great time right now, with grave safety concerns over it's new 737 max 8, the dreamliner has been a commercial success. Still, it wasn't all plain sailing; the aircraft suffered from several in-service problems related to its lithium-ion batteries, including fires on board during commercial service. This resulted in the FAA grounding all 787s in the US in 2013, with other civil aviation authorities following suit. The battery design was revised, and the Dreamliner was back in the skies within a few weeks.
9 This Is What An Elephant's Tail Looks Like Up Close
Elephant's tails have a few uses. For example elephants can use their tails to communicate with each other; much like a dog, a swishing or wagging tail can signify happiness or excitement.
Baby elephants sometimes hold on to the tail of older animals while they are walking, for guidance and security on long walks. The tail full of hair also works as a flyswatter, to help keep away those annoying and biting flies.
10 What An Eclipse Looks Like From Space
This photo was uploaded onto the Astronomy Picture of the Day and shows the shadow of the Moon darkening part of the Earth. It was taken by crew on the former Mir space station and it is estimated that the shadow moved across the Earth at nearly 2000 kilometers per hour.
"Only observers near the center of the dark circle see a total solar eclipse - others see a partial eclipse where only part of the Sun appears blocked by the Moon," APOD explained. "This spectacular picture of the 1999 August 11 solar eclipse was one of the last ever taken from the Mir space station. The two bright spots that appear on the upper left are possibly Jupiter and Saturn, although this has yet to be proven. Mir was deorbited in a controlled re-entry in 2001."