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What is dust made of? - Michael Marder


81,110 Questions Answered

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Less than a tenth the size of an ant, a dust mite’s whole world is contained in the dusty film under a bed or in a forgotten corner. This realm is right under our noses, but from our perspective, the tiny specks of brilliant color blend together into a nondescript grey. What are these colorful microscopic particles? Michael Marder explores the science of dust.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Michael Marder
  • Director Mette Ilene Holmriis
  • Narrator Addison Anderson
  • Producer The Animation Workshop, Ian Otto
  • Music Stephen LaRosa
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Script Editor Elizabeth Cox
  • Fact-Checker Brian Gutierrez

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