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These Microscopic Videos Will Make Your Skin Crawl In A Good Way

Nikon just announced the winners of their annual "Small World in Motion" photo contest and the results are cool, creepy, cute, and everything else in between.

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Here are the 2015 winners of the Nikon Small World in Motion Photomicrography Competition:


Nikon's annual contest is all about capturing microscopic things in gorgeous and moving detail. There were submissions from all over the world, and winners were selected by a panel of scientists and photographers.

First place went to this slow-motion ciliate-on-ciliate attack and the tasty feast that followed:

Mr. Wim van Egmond / Micropolitan Museum

Ciliates are a broad group of single-cells organisms with hair-like features. The photographer, Wim van Egmond, scooped these guys out of a friend's backyard pond and set up his camera when he saw one of the two species get hungry.


Second place went to this horrifically close-up view of a termite's guts:

Danielle Parsons / Wonder Science TV

According to photographer Danielle Parsons, all those little things roiling around in the gut are hundreds of species of single-celled organisms that help the termite break down the wood it eats.

Third place went to this disturbing video of a parasite larva emerging from its moth-host to build a cocoon:

Gonzalo Avila / University of Auckland

Gonzalo Avila made this incredible time-lapse video of a moth parasite breaking out of its host and spinning its cocoon. In real time, this gnarly process takes several hours, Avila said in a press release.


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