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The beauty of Tears

I decided to start an evening of experimenting with my close friends. I asked them to come over and pick a way they would like to cry from. The options they could voluntarily choose from where: cutting onions, eat hot peppers, look in to a fan or cry because of sadness or happiness. To see if there was a resemblance or difference in the structure of forming tears, I took images of every tear drop under the microscope.

A relatively simple and fun proces, first you capture the tear with a micropipet. After you have the tear you dispense it on too a microscopic slide by making several small (2–4 mm) drops. After this step it takes some time to crystalize and settle. After the tear drop(s) are crystallised it’s possible to take images and start comparing….Maurice Mikkers

Reflex tear: This tear is harvested after cutting white onions.

Reflex tear: This tear is harvested after cutting white onions.

Psychic tear: This tear is harvested after an emotional response.

 

Reflex tear: This tear is harvested after cutting white onions, putting pepper in the eyes, snorting water and eating a red pepper.

Basal tears: This tear is harvested after looking in to a fan for a few minutes.

Click here to see and read more about these experiments- Maurice Mikkers