Thursday, 6 December 2012

Electron Microscope Zooms In: Finds Life On Life On Life

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What you're going to see is an animated gif made by James Tyrwhitt-Drake using a scanning electronic microscope at the University of Victoria's Advanced Microscopy Facility. At the final stop of this zoom, which spans multiple orders of magnitude, is a little bacterium.

That bacterium is resting on a diatom (like the one pictured above), a class of algae that are known for their silica shells. The diatom is, in turn, sitting on an amphipod, a type of shell-less crustacean.

(via Reality Carnival)

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