A new era of science is upon us. Unlike before now when science relied on basic microscopy to illuminate cells that were previously too blurry to imagine what was actually going on inside. Now with the help of high-speed imagery, and fluorescent emissions microscopy, we can see exactly what is going on in the underpinnings of life by breaking the diffusion barrier.
Microscopes were first invented in 1590 by two eyeglass makers later to have the term, “Microscope” coined by Giovanni Faber coined the name microscope for Galileo Galilei‘s compound microscope in 1625. We now commonly use the modern light microscope that we’ve all probably played with at some point in our early schooling.
The issue with modern light microscopes is the fact that when looking at cells they are blurry. Further, more complex microscopes such as electron microscopes is the fact that there is a great deal of preparation in order to look at something. Generally something has to be suspended in formaldehyde, or plated in gold.
Now with the recent breakthrough in microscopy we can see exactly what is going on in a cell. Previously, the diffusion barrier warped light around cells giving them a lensed effect just like when looking at a cluster galaxy with a black hole in front of it (lensing effect). The significance of this break through is the fact that we now know for certain which processes are happening when we are looking inside of a cell.