The Nikon International Small World Competition

Mr. José R. Almodóvar, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Maya guez Campus Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Mite in a small forest Image Stacking 10X (courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Mr. José R. Almodóvar, Biology Department, University of Puerto Rico, Maya guez Campus Mayaguez, Puerto Rico Mite in a small forest Image Stacking 10X (courtesy of Nikon Small World).

The winner of the 2014 the Nikon International Small World Competition will be revealed on October 30, 2014.

It is a microscopic photo competition where photos of subjects are taken under microscopes.

Here are some of the stunning photos from the 1,200 entries for the competition received from more than 79 countries around the world.

Dr. Douglas Brumley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Active fluid flow around P. damicornis (coral polyp) Fluorescence, Autofluorescence 4X (courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Dr. Douglas Brumley Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA Active fluid flow around P. damicornis (coral polyp) Fluorescence, Autofluorescence 4X
(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Noah Fram-Schwartz Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Jumping Spider Eyes Reflected Light 20X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Noah Fram-Schwartz Greenwich, Connecticut, USA Jumping Spider Eyes Reflected Light 20X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Dr. Chris Henstridge MTA-KOKI Budapest, Hungary Golden Glia Immunofluorescence 20X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Dr. Chris Henstridge MTA-KOKI Budapest, Hungary Golden Glia Immunofluorescence 20X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Mr. Swapnil Pandit Patil Kolhapur, Maharastra, India Plant root (Hidden beauties) Portable Field Microscope 40X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Mr. Swapnil Pandit Patil Kolhapur, Maharastra, India Plant root (Hidden beauties) Portable Field Microscope 40X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Mr. Charles Krebs Charles Krebs Photography Issaquah, Washington, USA Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye Diffused, Reflected Illumination 450X  (courtesy of Nikon Small World)
Mr. Charles Krebs, Charles Krebs Photography, Issaquah, Washington, USA. Chrysochroa buqueti (jewel beetle) carapace, near eye. Diffused, Reflected Illumination 450X(courtesy of Nikon Small World)

 

What Are Germs?


Germs are tiny living things that can make us sick.

They can make plants and animals sick too.

But some of them are good and useful.

We need  to use a microscope to see them.

Germ Under A Microscope

Germs do not make their own food.

They get their food from their environment.

Environment means the surrounding or where we live.

Bad germs produce toxins which is something like poison.

The toxin can make us sick.

So when bad germs get into our body; they eat our nutrients, reproduce and make us sick.

Influenza A(H1N1) and AIDS are caused by germs.

There are 4 types of germs:

1)Fungi (fun-guy)

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Mushrooms are fungi

2)Bacteria (back-teer-ee-uh)

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Bacteria That Look Like Capsules

3)Protozoa (pro-toh-zoh-uh)

Protozoa That Look Like Capsules With Green Leaves Inside

4)Viruses (vy-rus-iz)

A Virus That Looks Like A Spider With Jewel Head

Fungi are the biggest and viruses are the smallest.

Germs love to grow in dirty places and spreads very fast after a big flood, tsunami, earthquake and wars.

After natural disasters there will be cholera outbreak and other diseases from bacteria infections.

To fight germs we have to keep ourselves and our environment clean.

Always wash our hands using anti-bacteria soap and clean water, eat healthy food and drink a lot of water, juices, tea, herb tea and other healthy drinks.