Ever wonder what kind of stuff you are sucking in during an airpocalypse? Well, a Chinese researcher has recently published some pictures that will make you want to stop breathing altogether.
Liu Yong, a researcher at Beijing University of Chemical Technology, decided to take a closer look at the filters from different smog masks after they had been worn outside in Beijing for 10 days. Liu put the filters under an electron microscope, enlarging the images up to 2,000 times. Here’s what he found:
Blech. This helps to explain why one-sixth of all face masks sold in China are bought by Beijingers.
The images have gone viral on Chinese social media with netizens lamenting the state of their lungs. “That was only after 10 days, just imagine what it would look like after 10,000!” one Weibo user worried.
Earlier this week, images of a battle-scarred high-speed train that had made the tough journey from Shanghai to Beijing through the current airpocalypse also provoked similar terror online.
Though, while PM2.5 particles may look scary under a microscope or on the exterior of a train, simply add a little color and they instantly become rather psychedelic.
Who wouldn’t want that little guy in their lungs?
[Images via Sina]
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