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Superheroes of the Microworld
February 27, 2015   
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A new exhibition at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw opens the door to a fascinating world of microorganisms that the human eye cannot normally see.

Taking audiences on one-of-a-kind expedition, the Microlife exhibition uses an array of equipment and techniques to uncover creatures so small that a million of them could fit in the eye of a needle. You can examine the details of a fly’s eye and the structure of tree bark. You can also turn a microscope on yourself to see the structure of your own skin, nails and hair—by putting a special plastic lens over that of your smartphone camera.

The exhibition includes a collection of photographs and videos made with cutting-edge microscopes. The featured images depict organisms magnified 500, 1,000, 2,000 and even 10,000 times, revealing the superheroes of the mysterious microworld. One of them is a one-millimeter flatworm capable of almost infinite regeneration. There is also the popular fruit fly whose tumor-inhibiting gene is identical to that found in humans. Also featured is the tardigrade, otherwise known as the moss piglet, that measures just 0.05 of a millimeter and can survive in hostile environments such as total vacuum, sulfuric acid and pure carbon dioxide, and in temperatures ranging from absolute zero to +150 degrees Celsius.

The Microlife exhibition is divided into sections focusing on biology, chemistry, physics, photography and state-of-the-art techniques used to study microflora and microfauna. The first part of the exhibition recounts the history of magnifying equipment. The second features blowups of microscopic creatures, and the third part investigates internal and external parasites, using a video game to teach audiences to identify different parasites. The final part offers documentaries on the anatomy and life of microorganisms and on how they reproduce and move around.

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Until Aug. 30, admission with Copernicus Science Center ticket.
Copernicus Science Center, 20 Wybrzeże Ko¶ciuszkowskie St.
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