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A low-temperature scanning electron microscope (at left) enables acarologist Ron Ochoa (background) and botanist Eric Erbe to observe tiny mites in detail impossible with conventional microscopes and slide-mounting techniques. Liquid nitrogen is first used to flash-freeze mites on their hosts in their natural positions.

Photo by Scott Bauer.

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