Attention all heterotrophs
July 12, 2019 2:44 PM   Subscribe

Journey to the microcosmos is a YT channel dedicated to microscopy and the diminutive denizens (heterotrophs as well as autotrophs) of that minuscule world. Marvel at the mighty Stentor! Partake in the thrill of the chase! But first all, enjoy the beautiful pictures by microscopist James Weiss.
posted by bouvin (7 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
This is great! That single-celled stentor eating multicellular worm-like thingies is crazy.
posted by clawsoon at 3:53 PM on July 12, 2019

Watching this is very entertaining and pleases me enormously. I knew this stuff was out there happening but seeing it presented like this is just delightful.
posted by gloriouslyincandescent at 4:58 PM on July 12, 2019

This reminds me of something G K Chesterton said; "We talk about life as being dull as ditchwater, but is ditchwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun. "
posted by Fuchsoid at 6:06 PM on July 12, 2019 [3 favorites]

Thank you for this post! I could watch things like this all day.

Manu Prakash (previously,previouslier,previouslierer) once showed me a Petri dish of Lacrymaria olor. Amazing little microscopic elephants. Here is someone else's video.

I almost decided to change my research field then and there.
posted by brambleboy at 6:48 PM on July 12, 2019

This is fantastic, thanks for sharing!

Also note the music is by Andrew Huang, recently featured on Metafilter.
posted by biogeo at 9:25 AM on July 13, 2019

These are great! Back when I worked in a plant pathology lab I kept a flask of river water by one of the microscopes and during coffee breaks we'd put a drop under the scope and look for interesting critters.
posted by gamera at 9:21 PM on July 13, 2019

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