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PHOTO (HONOURABLE MENTION): A snapshot of a crushed salt sample to which a drop of water was added. Microbes - the tiny black dots in the background - which evolved to survive in a salty environment, come to life as the salt crystals dissolve. The rainbow is formed by light passing through the salt crystals.

This article was first published in The Straits Times.

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