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Sun Dec 15, 2013, 09:56 PM

 

This gif of a microscopic bacterium is the most amazing thing you’ll see today

Once you’ve picked yourself up off the floor in amazement, you’ll probably want to know exactly what you’re looking at in this image.

At the final stop in this gif, which magnifies many times, is a tiny bacterium, which is resting on a diatom, (a class of algae that are known for their silica shells), which is sitting on an amphipod, a type of shell-less crustacean.

We think that Reddit user adamwong246 described it best:

There’s a bacterium on a diatom on an amphipod on a frog on a bump on the log in the hole in the bottom of the sea!

The animated gif was made by James Tyrwhitt-Drake using a scanning electronic microscope at the University of Victoria’s Advanced Microscopy Facility.

Check it out:

http://deadstate.org/this-gif-of-a-microscopic-bacterium-is-the-most-amazing-thing-youll-see-today/

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Reply This gif of a microscopic bacterium is the most amazing thing you’ll see today (Original post)
HarveyDarkey Dec 2013 OP
GoCubsGo Dec 2013 #1
loudsue Dec 2013 #2
graywarrior Dec 2013 #13
mike_c Dec 2013 #3
X_Digger Dec 2013 #4
Curmudgeoness Dec 2013 #25
X_Digger Dec 2013 #28
Curmudgeoness Dec 2013 #29
X_Digger Dec 2013 #32
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2013 #33
X_Digger Dec 2013 #36
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2013 #39
X_Digger Dec 2013 #40
BlancheSplanchnik Dec 2013 #41
Curmudgeoness Dec 2013 #34
X_Digger Dec 2013 #35
Jesus Malverde Dec 2013 #30
arcane1 Dec 2013 #5
shaayecanaan Dec 2013 #6
arcane1 Dec 2013 #10
NBachers Dec 2013 #11
Phlem Dec 2013 #7
valerief Dec 2013 #8
graywarrior Dec 2013 #14
Jesus Malverde Dec 2013 #18
JohnnyRingo Dec 2013 #9
840high Dec 2013 #12
Initech Dec 2013 #15
Moostache Dec 2013 #16
libodem Dec 2013 #17
magical thyme Dec 2013 #19
Major Nikon Dec 2013 #20
Coyotl Dec 2013 #21
tclambert Dec 2013 #22
petronius Dec 2013 #31
alfredo Dec 2013 #23
Curmudgeoness Dec 2013 #24
panader0 Dec 2013 #26
WCGreen Dec 2013 #27
JDPriestly Dec 2013 #37
Tierra_y_Libertad Dec 2013 #38

Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 09:59 PM

1. Cool stuff!!

Thanks for posting that!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:13 PM

2. That is awesomeness on film.

Holy maccaroli. (not a word. don't look it up. )

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Response to loudsue (Reply #2)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

13. I've heard that word before!

It IS a word!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:16 PM

3. watching the scale is really cool....

From millimeter scale to nanometer scale!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:20 PM

4. You can find all those things in a marine reef tank..

Nothing as cool as that zoom though..

















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Response to X_Digger (Reply #4)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:27 PM

25. I love pond water!

So many cool and creepy things living there.

To have all those photos, you must be a biology teacher or something.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #25)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:40 PM

28. Nah, just a nerdy marine aquarium keeper.

Here's my mad scientist lab (as the wife puts it..)

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:43 PM

29. That lab took my breath away.

I want to come play!

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #29)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:48 PM

32. If you ever want to take a peek at that little tank on the left..

http://rowelab.com/fish/camera/fugecam.php

I have two USB microscopes pointed at the sand / water interface.

You can watch all kinds of little critters real-time.

Here's a video I captured last May-

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #32)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 04:35 PM

33. oooo I luvs teh itty bitty creechures!!!

Tardigrades, daphnia, vorticella, rotifers are some of my faves. so cute!

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #33)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 05:15 PM

36. In this tank on the camera, I've seen ostracods, nematodes, copepods, isopods..

.. amphipods, polychaetes, dorvellid worms, and maybe even a tanaid shrimp looking critter.

Under the regular microscope, I've seen cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates, diatoms, and rotifers to name a few.

Every slide is an exploration.

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #36)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 07:07 PM

39. I am so jealous!!!!!!!

I had a microscope when I was a kid...used water from my fishtank. Once I got water from a pond.

I actually saw a vorticella once!

Definitely gonna have to visit your link!!!

On edit---just stopped by!. No critters feeling photogenic right now.

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Response to BlancheSplanchnik (Reply #39)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 07:20 PM

40. Yeah, it's hit or miss. A better time to check is at night, when the main lights are out.

You can hit 'switch camera' to check the other one, too.

Here's an unidentified worm I caught a couple months ago..

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #40)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 07:30 PM

41. well of coure he's unidentified....

No shirt to stick his nametag on.


Harr!!!!

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #32)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 04:44 PM

34. Thanks. The link is cool,

although watching an amoeba move was less than thrilling.

What is the magnification on this? You should post that to give a perspective.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #34)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 05:10 PM

35. Well, the maginification is about 55x.

It's a cheap USB microscope, so the optics aren't the greatest.

It's a fine-grain sand, with most pieces being about the size of table salt.

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Response to X_Digger (Reply #28)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:45 PM

30. That is awesome!..nt

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:27 PM

5. To me, this is just as awesome as photos from the Hubble.

 

I'm imagining what it's like living on such a tiny scale. The initial creature, the amphipod... what must life be like, with algae stuck to you, and allthat microscopic fuzz and dust, where everything in your world is a fraction of a millimeter in size.

What a rich, complex, utterly alien, and totally trippy world it lives in!

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:44 PM

6. It would be fuzzy...

the images are sharp because they are composed of electrons, which have a very short wavelength. However in the real world we are stuck with light. Animals that small only have very rudimentary eyesight anyway, but even if they didnt, their world would be mostly fuzz and glare.

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Response to shaayecanaan (Reply #6)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:16 PM

10. That's even more cool. A completely alien existence, just outside our door.

 

Ah, perspective

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Response to arcane1 (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:28 PM

11. Like a journey to Pepperland

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 10:50 PM

7. Awesome!

I was wondering what kind of microscope that was. They sell those at ACE right?

-p

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:09 PM

8. I'm still creeped out by the crap on our eyelashes

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Response to valerief (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:03 AM

14. Jesus!

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Response to valerief (Reply #8)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 04:07 AM

18. Pretty amazing..nt

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:11 PM

9. K&R!

Thanx for sharing.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Sun Dec 15, 2013, 11:36 PM

12. k/r

 

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:18 AM

15. That's pretty awesome!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:00 AM

16. I see that and I think "WOW!!! That is the coolest thing I've seen today!"

Right wing nut jobs see that and say "God hates where some men put their man parts."
SMH!

Strings (maybe...its certainly a field of immense interest) forming Quarks forming Electrons forming Atoms forming Molecules forming Peptides forming Amino Acids forming Proteins forming Membranes forming Organelles forming Cells! That is all BELOW the levels of the gif! (with apologies for the missing detail or gradations skipped in that list!)

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:01 AM

17. Bookmarking

'til I get to my laptop who lives at my friend's house with the WiFi. Can't wait. I fucking love science. Did you all know that is a website. It comes across my Facebook now and then.


And for my science nerd pals....I got a text from my kid at UTEP that he's graduating this semester with his Bachelors in Science. He was going to be a teacher but decided not to. He got accepted for the masters program in environmental science. Yay!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 12:57 PM

19. hey, it's a little rod

 

I wonder if it's a little pink rod or a fat purple rod. The gif starts going to fast so I had to stop looking. Makes me all queasy...

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:12 PM

20. Obviously the frog wasn't following the 5 second rule

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:14 PM

21. Make that GIF. It is an acronym, so all caps.

 

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 01:15 PM

22. "Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em,

And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum,
And the great fleas themselves, in turn, have greater fleas to go on,
While these again have greater still, and greater still, and so on."

Augustus De Morgan, A Budget of Paradoxes
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Okay, so it isn't actually true in our quantum universe. But to rhyme "bite 'em" with "infinitum," you gotta admit, that's cool.

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Response to tclambert (Reply #22)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:48 PM

31. That's cool! I know the L. F. Richardson version that deals

with wind and turbulence, but I never knew where it came from...

Big whorls have little whorls,
Which feed on their velocity;
And little whorls have lesser whorls,
And so on to viscosity.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 02:59 PM

23. That's pretty cool. These are great images too. Link below

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:25 PM

24. So cool. I am more intrigued by the diatom.

What perfect symmetry!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:28 PM

26. That thing looks like a dead mouse I found in the shed....

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 03:38 PM

27. Cool beans!!!!

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 05:31 PM

37. I have often thought of something similar.

Imagine yourself outside our universe looking down through the universe, across the suns and planets and moons, focusing on earth, seeing the mountains and oceans as tiny specks, coming closer and closer in, focusing closer in until you see the larger animals, elephants and whales and then closer and closer until you see us, humans and then all of the cells and bacteria in us then in smaller animals, ants, then plants.

That is what I think about when I want to get a perspective on my problems and my relationship with God. We are about as big in terms of the perspective of the universe as that tiny speck of bacteria is in the video in the OP. We are nothing. And yet we are our whole world because the world is contained in our perception of it. There is, for each of us, no world, no real world, beyond the world we can perceive, touch, feel or at least imagine and think about. And our perception of ourselves in that immensity, our tiny selves in that greatness, only our souls, the spiritual aspect of ourselves can travel across the great vastness of the universe. And we only travel the distance when we are spiritually whole.

That is perspective for me.

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Response to HarveyDarkey (Original post)

Mon Dec 16, 2013, 05:33 PM

38. Pity the make-up artist preparing the star for the photo-shoot.

 

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