Is there life on your nose?

The Kid Should See This

You can’t see them, but they’re here. They are on you. In you. And you’ve got more than a hundred thousand billion of them. They’re with you when you eat, when you breathe, when you kiss. They are everywhere. On your hands. And in your belly. And they meddle in everything. They shape your world: what you smell, and what you taste; whether you get sick, or get better. They can save us or destroy us. Microbes: the smallest and most powerful organisms on our planet.

We know very little about them, but can learn so much from them. About our health, alternative energy sources, and much more. When you look from really close, a new world is revealed to you. More beautiful and spectacular than you could ever have imagined.

Is there life on your nose? This animated introduction to microbes is presented by Amsterdam’s Artis Micropia, the only museum dedicated to microbes in the world. Animation by Part of a Bigger Plan.

microbes in the soil
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Related reading: Microbes form the basis of a sustainable alternative to plastic.

Related watching on TKSST: You Are Your Microbes, how the food you eat affects your gut, and Subvisual Subway – The Art of New York City’s Bacterial World.

Then watch more videos about microbiology, including Cell vs. Virus: A battle for health, Inside the Compost Cycle: Turning waste to nutrient-rich soil, and the work of microbiologist Sally Warring.

Rion Nakaya