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While going through my daily reading list, one particular image posted on the Tumblr blog Daily Overview, which publishes high quality satellite photos of interesting places, grabbed my attention. At first I thought it was an integrated circuit, until I read the description, which said:

Colorful, metal-roofed industrial buildings line the coast of Tokai, Japan. The city’s economy is dominated by a massive steel mill - a portion of which is seen at the bottom of this Overview.

I was struck by how similar the satellite image looked to a close-up photo of an integrated circuit. You can check this out in the comparison published below. The image on the left is taken from the satellite and the image on the right is that of Intel’s Pentium 4 processor. The colors seen in the photograph of the processor are the actual colors produced by the diffraction/refraction of the light illuminating the die.

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