Life on a large scale and it's already overwhelming complexity, can easily distract some of us from appreciating the little things. These videos are a
reminder of what takes place right under your nose, quite literally.
I'm sure you've got some funky bacteria at war on your upper lip that would make a pack of hyenas look tame. Remember, for every human gene in our
body, there are 360 microbial genes.
The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria,
viruses and other microorganisms.
Aside from our bodies, you're about to witness Nature do what it does best,
The first three videos are this year's contest winners followed by similar videos that received honorable mention. If you have the time, check out
these other amazing entries from years past. Enjoy!!
(descriptions are above video)
Trachelius ciliate feeding on a Campanella ciliate
Gut contents of a termite, containing hundreds of species of single-celled parabasalid microorganisms (Trichonympha)
A parasitoid larva (Cotesia urabae) breaking out of its host (Uraba lugens) and then spinning its cocoon to start pupation
Honorable Mentions (below)
Structural emulsions containing nutrients releasing its contents upon exposure to a simulated gastric fluid
Fluorescently labeled chromatin array (LacI-mCherry: red) and mRNA (MS2-EGFP: green) in U2OS 263 cells following Dox induction (+30′). Discrete
Petals of mRNA synthesis are clearly visible moving on the surface of the transgene array
A human dermal fibroblast tissue phantom ablated by a 5 ns long laser pulse
Rotifer (Lepadella triba) feeding
Unicellular ciliates (Paramecium caudatum and Frontonia leucas)
Chitosan capsules containing platinum reacting with hydrogen peroxide under a glass slide
Cyanobacterium (Oscillatoria princeps) filaments
Intracellular calcium increase and sperm incorporation following fertilization of a starfish egg
Mouse whisker follicle development in culture
Water flea (Ilyocryptus)
Penicillium fungi growth, showing hypha, spore production and guttation droplets
Cardiovascular system of a 4 day old zebrafish
Janus colloids, micron sized particles that spontaneously move in an AC electric field
Thank you for your time and bandwidth. Don't forget, what you've just witnessed is happening in real-time all around you at every moment. To see it
happen up close and in great detail is a treat that everyone should stop and appreciate. Have a nice day!
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