Can you see this Circle? It’s microscopic! We’re diving into the world happening right under our noses to meet some of the smallest members of Planet Earth.

We’d like to invite you along to meet something called a waterbear that can survive in space, a very small squid and its even tinier glowing companions, some of our favorite loaves of bread, and so many more of the amazing ways the tiniest organisms on the planet are doing some seriously cool stuff. (Stuff that you’re missing out on because you don’t know about it yet!) Like your microbiome? Wow. Do you know what’s happening in your gut, right now? Those little creatures are throwing a party!

Not all that goes unseen is scary. In fact, a lot of our neighbors who are too small for us to see, are doing everything they can to help us survive. And some, are just plain beautiful! Explore just a slice of this magical, miniature world in these 12 articles below!

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Is it the Age of the Bacteriophage?

28 minutes

[ Conspiracy of Goodness ]

By Sam Burns

A tiny, powerful hero in the face of antibiotic resistance is living all around us. Meet the bacteriophage: bacteria's natural sworn enemy and the deadliest organism on the planet that, amazingly, doesn't harm us at all.
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Shifting Perspectives: The Discovery of the Microscopic World

6 minutes

[ Education Enrichment ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

The discovery of microorganisms completely changed the way we looked at the world. In this age of science are we just as close to perspective shifting discovery?
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The Bacteria that Lights Up This Squid’s Life

7 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Sam Burns

The relationship between the bobtail squid and this bacteria is the definition of a healthy relationship. And maybe we can all learn a little something from them!
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Meet Your Microbiome!

8 minutes

[ Education Enrichment ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Did you know you are home to millions of invisible creatures? Say hello your microbiome, the ecosystem of microscopic organisms that help keep you alive!
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The Bread as Unique as the Place You Make It

10 minutes

[ Culture ]

By Sam Burns

There is a revival happening. And it's coming in the form of something we all love: bread! Sourdough has been a connection to the bread ovens of our ancestors for more than 5000 years, and now you can travel the kitchens of the world from a unique library in Belgium!
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Have You Met The Animal That Can Survive in Space?

7 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Sam Burns

Tardigrades are the definition of "small but mighty". They're never any bigger than 1.5mm, but these creatures can survive pretty much everything!
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The DNA of CHEESE!

8 minutes

[ Conspiracy of Goodness ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Cheese isn't just delicious, it's also a remarkable feat of science! And scientists are using DNA sequencing to learn more about it. Let's see what they're finding...
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Astoundingly Intricate Designs of the Smallest Form

7 minutes

[ Art ]

By Dr. Lynda

What if beauty was all around us, in puddles and drainage ditches? Well, it most likely is and here's someone who can show us!
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Reinventing Plastic with Methane and Microbes

14 minutes

[ Business ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

How close are we to reinventing plastic? Well, it looks like a future with easily accessible, truly biodegradable plastics that can replace the harmful plastics we use today is right around the corner—and it uses the power of bacteria! 
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Bacteria as an Art Form?

8 minutes

[ Art ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

An MIT scientist studying how bacteria can detect cancer is teaming up with an artist to make living art. The results and their story are fascinating!
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The Creature that Doesn’t Die?

6 minutes

[ Animals ]

By Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

Let us introduce you to the hydra. These remarkable little organisms appear to defy the laws of nature with their seemingly immortal lifespan! Here's the story on these strange creatures.
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Combing Caves for a Cure to Deadly Bacterial Infections

20 minutes

[ Conspiracy of Goodness ]

By Sam Burns

We've been able to protect ourselves from most bacterial infections for decades now, but that's changing. Deadly bacteria are catching onto our tactics and antibiotic resistance is on the rise. Here's how some scientists are working to stay one step ahead of this problem by exploring the depths of caves and the bacteria that call them home!
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