The millimetre-long flatworm is able to regenerate almost infinitely. The familiar fruitfly has the same tumour-inhibiting gene as humans. The minuscule tardigrade (also known as the moss piglet), measuring just five hundredths of a millimetre, can survive at temperatures from absolute zero to over 150 centigrade, in a total vacuum, and even in sulphuric acid or pure carbon dioxide. Meet the amazing superheroes inhabiting the mysterious microworld!
“Microlife” is an exhibition unveiling many of the secrets of this fascinating microcosm. Unique photos and films taken under state-of-the-art microscopes show these tiny organisms magnified by 500, 1000, 2000 or even 10,000 times! We will investigate the equipment and methods used to see the invisible. We will examine the eye of a fly, the pollen of the acacia tree, and the structure of tree bark. We will discover the hidden secrets of water fleas and sea shrimp. We will see organisms so tiny that a million of them would fit in the eye of a needle. We will select samples for study, construct a microscope optimised for our own use, and analyse the structure of our own skin, nails and hair. These experiments will help us perceive the world more closely, more astutely, with a greater understanding. And if we feel unnaturally huge, even for a moment, we just have to change our perspective. On the scale of the wider universe, we ourselves are really no bigger than flatworms, fruitflies or moss piglets.
Photos presented at the exhibition: Rubén Duro (ASA) / CCiTUB (University of Barcelona).
Admission as part of the ticket to Copernicus Science Centre