I have always been fascinated by electron microscope style images. They often display a fragile almost magical quality that is just beautiful. Over the years, blender users have come up with a number of creative methods for producing these lovely images.
Blender 2.5 of course, has brought new tools and techniques to the election microscope look. Here's a couple of tutorials that I have run across just in the last few months by very talented Blender users that make excellent use of Blender 2.5 to created truely beautiful "Electron Microscope" style images.

Creating a Microscopic Virus Effect

Blendercookie.comhas become a major educational resource since it's launch. Among the numerous video tutorials covering a dizzying array of topics, there is a beautiful tutorial by Jonathan Williamson on creating a Microscopic Virus. In addition to showing how to quickly and easily model a “virus”,he shows the viewer how to achieve that lovely electron microscope look. The end result is beautiful and easy enough for even a beginner to accomplish in little to no time.

Construct a 'Microcosm' Us-ing Blender 2.5

This is a 4 part in depth video tu-torial series by Frederique Steinmetz on how to create a Microcosm.
Each video covers a different part of the process, leading to an absolutely beautiful end result.

From cg.tuts.com

In the first part of this brand-new, advanced Blender 2.5 tutorial, Frederique Steinmetzwalks us through how he modeled and rigged his ‘Microcosm’ creation! The full tutorial will go on to discuss com-plex particle & hair simulation, how to add materials, texture and light the scene, and finally how to use nodes for depth of field.
In the second part of his brand-new, advanced Blender 2.5 tutorial, Frederique Steinmetzcontinues to walque us through how he created his ‘Microcosm’ scene! After mod-eling the scene in part 1, today’s tutorial deals with particle and hair simulation, whilst later parts go on to cover adding materials, how to texture and light the scene, and finally how to use nodes for depth of field.
In the third part of his brand-new, advanced Blender 2.5 tutorial, Fre-derique Steinmetz continues to walque us through how he created his ‘Microcosm’ scene!
After modeling the scene in part 1, and dealing with the particle and hair simulations in part two, today’s part starts looking at how to texture and light the scene!
In the forth and final part of his brandnew, advanced Blender 2.5 tutorial, Frederique Steinmetzcontin-ues to walque us through how he created his ‘Microcosm’ scene! After modeling the scene in part 1, dealing with the particle and hair simu-lations in part two and texturing and lighting the scene in part three, today it’s all about finalising the scene, rendering and putting together the final composite! It’s time to wrap up this awesome series.
After learning how to create your own lovely new artworks, you might want to kik it up a notch and get a little motion going. Re-cently Dimisticsent me a fun little blend file for you to play with, that shows his method for creating an electron in motion, as well as the settings he used to create a rather nice glow/glare effect. The blend file is included in this issue's blend zip download. You can see a short animation of his electron motion
on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoyXd...ature=youtu.be