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A Tiny World Julie Laurin

“A Tiny World” is a passion project, created by Canadian artist and software specialist, Julie Laurin. It’s an ongoing project to introduce the general population to the microscopic world, and to share Julie’s exploration and curiosities along the way. The project is largely self-funded, with additional funding from Twitch subscribers. “A Tiny World” currently explores freshwater samples from ponds, creeks and swamps, as well as urban microscopic life that lives on balconies and sidewalks all around us. However, it was never intended to be exclusively focused on science. The goal of this project is to see what other possibilities we can explore from the point of view of

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everyone’s curiosity, whether they be artists, scientists, or hobbyists. Lastly, “A Tiny World” aims to encourage people to explore without always knowing anything about that which is being explored. The drive to be curious, and the impulse to try something new is the main reason why this project exists. Julie Laurin works in software, has taught science and communications adult education, and is a fine arts photographer. Could you tell us more about how you got started with a tiny world? I purchased a microscope after reading Rob Dunn’s book Never Home Alone. I researched good entry-level scopes and settled on a binocular OMAX microscope that I ordered on Amazon. Microscopes aren’t really that hard to figure out. The hardest part was figuring out what I was looking at! I was taking pond samples, looking at leaves, and moss, and lichen. But, I wanted to learn more about what I was seeing. This led me to spending so much time filtering through website after website, paywall after paywall, and realizing that there’s not much information out there for nonacademic “microworld” enthusiasts! So, I decided to start an online project. Initially, I

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