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Revealing the Hidden Beauty of Common Components via IEEE Spectrum: Technology, Engineering, and Science News

As we’ve remarked in these pages before, oftentimes some of the best engineering around is invisible, hidden inside black boxes of one sort or the other. If the black box is sufficiently important in some way, professional forensic and reverse engineers can be employed to crack it open and reveal its secrets. But what about more humble items, such as the apparently unremarkable components that make up everyday electronics? Who cares enough to take the trouble to look inside them?

Eric Schlaepfer does. To the delight of a growing following, in March of this year, Schlaepfer started posting to his @TubeTimeUS twitter accountmagnified cross sections of capacitors, cables, LEDs, transistors, and more, usually with accompanying annotations.

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