Your parents lied to you: monsters are real and they are indeed under your bed. They’re in your closet and down in the basement, too. You just may not be aware of them because they’re only a few thousandths of an inch long.
Thanks to technology, we’re able to peer into the teeniest tiniest nooks and crannies of the natural world—right down to the atomic scale. And deep in the depths of this microcosmos, you’ll find a bustling ecosystem populated with very real bloodcurdling creatures.
But don’t let their minuscule size and uninviting disposition mislead you—these tiny beasts are extremely vital to the planet as a whole for better or worse. They spread diseases, sure, but they also break down materials to create the fundamental building blocks for the nextgeneration of organisms. But let’s not get too far from the fact that they’re really freaky looking!