This wondrous microscopic beast is a Tardigrade or a Moss Piglet. There are almost 1200 species globally from the tropics to the arctic, from the forest to deep in the ocean. These organisms are extremophiles meaning they can survive through almost any conditions from absolute zero to well above the boiling point. They can survive without food for decades. They can even survive the vacuum of space.
Gary Greenberg - magnified sand grains - miniature particles are exposed as fragments of crystals, spiral fragments of shells and crumbs of volcanic rock.
The head of the 1ft 6in high Pollia condensata plant that ranges from Ethiopia to Angola and Mozambique, which scientists today revealed as the most colourful plant ever seen. Pollia condensata's vivid sparkle comes from the interaction of light with its skin, which contains layers of microscopic cellulose fibers. The effect is a metallic blue brighter than any yet described in a biological material.