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Hunting for microbes in Central Park’s murkiest waters

Follow biologist Sally Warring into New York City's Central Park as she collects water samples from fountains and ponds to find instagrammable microbes. From her site PondLife.com: All free-living life forms are m...

Subvisual Subway – The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World

Why do we wash our hands after we've been riding on public transportation? Is it true that "using the handrails on the subway is like shaking hands with 100 people"? New York City-based typographer and designer Craig ...

The Foldscope – A Paper Microscope that Costs $1

To help make microscopes as accessible and as sturdy as pencils, Stanford University biophysicist Manu Prakash created an ultra-low-cost origami-based microscope. He was inspired by a 2011 visit to a Thailand clinic w...

Wim van Egmond’s award-winning microscopic videos

Winning first place in Nikon's 2015 Small Worlds in Motion competition, this is a Trachelius ciliate feeding on a Campanella ciliate -- "a classic life and death struggle played out in miniature" -- captured by Wim va...

From Drifter to Dynamo: The Story of Plankton – Deep Look

Mind-blowing fact: A massive group of single-celled algae called diatoms are considered champions of photosynthesis. Why? Diatoms are responsible for an estimated 20% to 40% -- maybe even 60% -- of the Earth's oxygen....

Animated Life: Seeing the Invisible

"Everything that you can actually see with your eye is just the smallest sliver of life on this Earth. Most of life is invisible..." And so begins the exquisite paper-puppetry of Seeing the Invisible, a video by F...

The Wool Parade

Abstracted shapes “as living creatures – each given locomotion by the possibilities and restrictions inherent in it’s own physical form - the objects ‘finding their own way&...

Microscope video of a Limnias melicerta (a rotifer)

Wired Science has an incredible gallery of the Best Microscope Videos of 2012, via Nikon’s video competition. We have a few favorites: This is a Bay Scallop Limnias melicerta. Those blue things are tiny eyes. T...

You Are Your Microbes – TED Ed

Every gut microbe has a job to do. Find out who these millions of different microbes are and what their jobs are within the ecosystem that is you, from the wonderful TEDEd: You Are Your Micro...

TED Ed: How Life Begins in the Deep Ocean

From the team that brought us The Secret Life of Plankton and The Plankton Chronicles comes this wonderful TEDEd video from their amazing microscopic footage, re-created to explain How Life Begins in the Deep Ocean: ...

Para Films’ The Plankton Chronicles

After watching The Secret Life of Plankton, oh how happy we were(!) to find Para Films'  The Plankton Chronicles. There are so many beautiful videos shot in microscopic detail that we haven’t watched ...

TED Ed: The Secret Life of Plankton

We really love this video, The Secret Life of Plankton, from TEDEd. Marine biologist and science educator Tierney Thys and a team of scientists and film makers (Noé Sardet and Sharif Mirshak from Parafilms in Mont...