May 17, 2012 at 4:12 PM ET
The little red, green, and blue dots that make up our LCD screens are a common enough sight, but it's not often that you get to see them up close in motion. This video from a macro photography enthusiast does just that, showing how dynamic and granular our monitors and phone displays really are.
It's worth noting that there are different kinds of LCD displays, and they might look very different under the microscope. Some have different numbers of red, green, and blue sub-pixels that make up each whole pixel. And the sub-pixels might have a different shape, or be packed more loosely or densely.
If you have a microscope or macro lens sitting around the house, try using them to take a look at your monitor or the screen of your phone. And if you crave more close-ups, check out Paul's other videos looking closely at fingerprints and the eye.
Devin Coldewey is acontributing writer for msnbc.com. His personal website iscoldewey.cc.