Science into Images – A day of work with us

Today it’s a special day. The last chapter of the Inhabitants of the Microworld series has been published and to celebrate it, we’ve come up with a different coloring booklet this time.

Today’s coloring booklet is called Science into Images – A day of work with us. In it, we show you how’s a journey of work at Science into Images. From preparing to go to the countryside to back to the studio uploading our videos to our YouTube channel.

Join us in this journey and learn how we prepare to go to the countryside, how we select, collect and prepare the samples, how we film and photograph these microscopic organisms through our microscope and how we prepare our documentaries for you to watch.

We are very happy that the artist Vanessa Linares has illustrated this booklet, as if it was a comic, with our characters transformed into her “guspirus”.

We hope you like this special booklet, don’t forget that at the end of the booklet we’ve inserted some illustrations for youj to paint.

¡See you next week with another coloring booklet!

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The last safari – The final chapter of Inhabitants of the Microworld

Dear followers, subscribers and, above all, friends of Science into Images.

Today we are publishing the LAST VIDEO of our series Inhabitants of the Microworld: THE LAST SAFARI.

During these two months we have shared 46 TRIPS TO THE TINY WORLD, to that world that we can hardly see with the naked eye, and it has been a real pleasure that you have wanted to join us.

It has been TWO MONTHS of intense work and great joy. The joy of reading your comments on each of the videos; the joy of seeing the involvement of some of you, who have even extended the brief information in the videos through explanations on the social networks; the joy of seeing how you have shared our content with your contacts, extending the network of friends; the joy of seeing some of the media echoing our work; and, above all, the joy of knowing that you have also shared our joy.

From now on, our YouTube channel will be a little more relaxed. We will no longer publish a daily video. But that does not mean that we will stop publishing.

We are preparing a NEW VIDEO SERIES that we will start to share with you soon and we will talk about it in more detail in a few days.

In the meantime, every week we will continue to publish NEW COLORING BOOKLETS on our website Science into Images so that children and not so young people can continue to learn and enjoy the wonderful beings that inhabit this almost invisible world.

By the way, don’t miss the one dedicated to us by Vanessa Linares (you know she’s our headline artist), which we’ll be publishing this afternoon. It’s called “SCIENCE INTO IMAGES. A day of work with us” and it explains how we work to offer you our contents about the micro world. We hope you like it as much as the ones we have published so far.

So this is not a farewell but a “see you later”. We hope that you won’t leave us during this short period of preparation and that you will continue to share the contents of Science into Images. The more we are in this community, the more visibility we can give to those organisms that are so important for the functioning of all ecosystems. At Science into Images we believe they deserve it.

A big hug, folks.

SEE YOU SOON!

Jara and Rubén / Science into Images.

46. Worms

The 46th chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Worms”.

Aelosoma is a freshwater annelid. It is abundant in ponds and lakes, mainly among the filamentous algae or ampong the sediment, where it feeds on organic matter and small aquatic organisms. The main characteristic of Aelosoma is the presence of tiny dots, actually droplets of oiol, covering their entire body. It moves with crawling movements thanks to the chaeta or tiny hairs at both sides of its body. The head is wide, rounded and recovered with a great amount of cilia.

This is the 46th chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.

45. Seed shrimps

The 45th chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Seed shrimps”.

Ostracods or “seed shrimps” are tiny crustaceans inhabiting almost any mass of water, from oceans to lakes and even the soil of some rainforests. Most of them are no longer than 2 mm in length, but one species can reach 3 cm. Its name comes from the Greek and is related to the shell protecting its body. It is a shell mainly made of chitin and calcium carbonate. Their diet is extremely varied and varies both according to the species and the individual. Thus, we can find ostracods feeding on other animals, on submerged plants or algae and even on detritus.

This is the 45th chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.

44. Roundworms

The 44th chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Roundworms”.

Nematodes, also known as “roundworms” are among the most abundant animals on Earth. They live in almost all environments, both aquatic and terrestrial, and have developed a huge diversity of life strategies. A lot of them feed on vegetables, other on bacteria and animals, and even there exist some parasitic species, like the filaria and trichina. The species Caenorhabditis elegans is one of the model organisms for different specialities related with biology, among them neurobiology. Some species, one of them appearing in the video, have a surprising reproduction in which males literally nail their spermatophores in the female (in the video you can see it marked with a white arrow).

This is the 44th chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.

43. Quiet hairyback

The 43rd chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Quiet hairyback”.

Gastrotichs, also called hairybacks due to their aspect, are microscopic animals living in both fresh and sea water. There are around 800 described species. They are mainly detrivores, and use to swim or slide on the sediment while looking for food. Their bodies are covered by thin setae confering the characteristic aspect. A very special singularity of these animals is that the number of cells of their bodies is constant. So, growth is not due to an increasing number of cells but to the enlargement of the original cells. This characteristic, shared with other animals as rotifers, is called eutely.

This is the 43rd chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.

Coloring booklet Painting a pond among the rocks

This week’s coloring booklet is about the ponds that form among the rocks at the beaches or rocky shores.

These are salty ecosystems and they always have direct sunlight, something fundamental for the development of a rich community of organisms.

Also, we continue our safaris accompanied by the Guspirus from Vanessa Linares.

We hope you like it and you find it interesting.

Booklet Painting a pond among the rocks
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42. Peaceful bottom

The 42nd chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Peaceful bottom”.

The bottom of the ponds and lagoons is a very special place. It is home to an enormous amount of life-forms that are dedicated, fundamentally, to take advantage of all the organic matter that arrives there. It is, therefore, the place where most of the recycling of matter and energy that is generated in the ecosystem takes place. Annelids, larvae and nymphs of many aquatic insects, water fleas, ostracods … all of them take advantage of the apparent tranquility of these areas to develop most of their vital activity.

This is the 42nd chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.

Interview on the radio – La Mecánica del Caracol

Yesterday we were been interviewed at the radio show “La Mecánica del Caracol” from Radio Euskadi.

We talked about our work, the “Inhabitants of the Microworld” series and our painting booklets.

If you want to listen to it (in Spanish), you can listen the whole program at their webpage or just the fragment in which we participate here:

We hope you find it interesting.

41. Nasty mess

The 41st chapter of the “Inhabitants of the microworld” series is called “Nasty mess”.

Larvae of the common fly (Musca domestica) are voracious feeders on any organic matter. The result of their activity is, generally, a decomposing mass, a mixture of the fluids of the decomposing matter and their own excrements. These larvae have not locomotive appendages, and they move on and inside the meal by mean of crawly movements. Their development is extraordinarily quick, and in a few days each larva will become an adult fly that will restart the cycle.

This is the 41st chapter of a series that will bring to us a video per day during this confinement forced by COVID-19.

We hope that you enjoy this initiative, which gives access to a documentary series for free to the world, and you share it with everyone you think will possibly be interested.

Science into Images’s team.