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FEI's DualBeam Electron Microscope Makes World's Smallest Things Visible in "Mysteries of the Unseen World” Movie

FEI is pleased to announce its participation in the latest IMAX film, "Mysteries of the Unseen World," by National Geographic. Now showing at the recently-renovated Empirical Theater at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), the big-screen movie features things that are too fast, too slow or too small to be seen with the naked eye. As a leader in electron microscopy, FEI was the exclusive partner in the development of the "too small" portion of the film.

Mysteries of the Unseen World, by National Geographic, playing now.

The world's smallest things are made visible in the movie through FEI's Versa 3D™ DualBeam™ electron microscope. Electron microscopes are thousands of times more powerful than the average light microscope. The movie features images of everyday things, ranging in size from fleas, to blood cells, to atoms and molecules.

"The world of microscopy is shown through some of the most amazing images in this film," said John Williams, FEI's vice president of strategic marketing. "It is truly exciting to be a part of it and to be able to show people things that exist all around them, but they are unable to see, until now. I think the film will be very beneficial in helping to get students at various grade levels interested and engaged in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)."

OMSI recently renovated its 300-seat, four-story giant screen theater and reopened in December 2013. The projection system is entirely digital with 4K technology and 3D capability, making it possible to show a greater range of content than ever before, including live satellite feeds and Blu-ray. Additionally, OMSI is the first museum in North America – and the first science center in the world – to feature a state-of-the-art Dolby Atmos surround sound system. Visitor comfort was also enhanced. Seats were replaced with tables in select upper rows to provide more legroom with the added benefit of a convenient eating place.

FEI employees and their families will view the movie at OMSI during an employee event on January 28. About 900 people are expected to fill the Empirical Theater in three separate showings over the course of the evening.

"Mysteries of the Unseen World" is now showing daily at 11 am and 3 pm at OMSI, visit for pricing or to purchase tickets.

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About FEI

FEI Company (Nasdaq:FEIC) designs, manufactures and supports a broad range of high-performance microscopy workflow solutions that provide images and answers at the micro-, nano- and picometer scales. Its innovation and leadership enable customers in industry and science to increase productivity and make breakthrough discoveries. Headquartered in Hillsboro, Ore., USA, FEI has over 2,500 employees and sales and service operations in more than 50 countries around the world. More information can be found at:

About OMSI

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation's leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214. For general information, call 503.797.4000 or visit


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