Researchers at Ohio State University have invented a 3D microscope lens that gathers images of tiny objects from nine different angles at once. Here the lens captures the image of a drill bit that measures only 0.2 millimeters across. Image courtesy of Ohio State University.

Researchers at Ohio State University have invented a 3D microscope lens that gathers images of tiny objects from nine different angles at once. Here the lens captures a ballpoint pen tip that measures about 1 millimeter across. Image courtesy of Ohio State University.

A lens invented at Ohio State University enables microscopes to capture 3D images of tiny objects. Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons, courtesy of Ohio State University.

Two Ohio State University engineers inspect a lens that enables microscopes to capture 3D images. Shown from left to right are inventors Lei Li, a postdoctoral researcher, and Allen Yi, associate professor of integrated systems engineering. Photo by Kevin Fitzsimons, courtesy of Ohio State University.

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