Friday, June 19, 2015

It's the Friday video post! Electron microscope slow-motion video of vinyl LP

If you've ever wondered what a phonograph needle looks like when it moves through the grooves of a record, this is the video for you.

When you think about it, being able to hear stereo music all because of microscopic grooves in a thin piece of circular plastic is pretty amazing – even in today's world of digital downloads and music streaming. In fact, there's something vaguely magical about the whole thing, and the fact that we can't normally see what's going on with our own eyes makes it even moreso.

Thanks to electron microscopy, however, we can see that it's not actually anything particularly mystical.

But it's still cool.

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