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Welcome to the Transcalar Imaginary

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"The Universe is made up of stories, not atoms."

Muriel Rukeyser

 

The Transcalar Imaginary refers to the ever-shifting worlds constructed within the individual and collective minds' eye, imagining connections between everyday experience and realms beyond unaided perception. 


This collection is an invitation to explore how our expanded capacity to collectively imagine stories and perspectives across scales are informing new ways of seeing, knowing, and acting in the world...

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How to Apply Eames's Legendary "Powers of 10" to Real-life Problems

How to Apply Eames's Legendary "Powers of 10" to Real-life Problems | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

Powers of Ten is arguably more relevant now than it was the year it was released. The simple idea executed in the film has become a powerful construct for thinking through design problems today. In it, Charles and Ray Eames guide us through a deceptively straightforward exercise -- zooming out to 10^24 and then back in to 10^-16 -- re-framing a simple scene by showing it within ever-larger and then smaller contexts.

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Cosmic Zoom

Eva Szasz's 1968 film for the National Film Board of Canada probes the infinite magnitude of space, and its reverse, the ultimate minuteness of matter. Animation art and animation camera achieve this journey to the farthest conceivable point of the universe and then into the tiniest particle of existence--an atom of a living human cell--with a freshness and clarity that would seem impossible with other means of exposition. Like Charles and Ray Eames' Powers of 10, it was inspired by Kees Boeke's book "Cosmic View."

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The Power of the Powers of Ten | Design Thinking

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The Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames is a wonderful reminder of one of the most important principles in design—reframing the question

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Invisible Nature: Code of the Treehopper

Hiding in plain sight and deceptively still, treehoppers have evolved an ingenious way to communicate—using a complex series of vibrations. Now, scientists are listening in and starting to crack the treehopper code. And it turns out, these insect conversations are happening nearly everywhere they eavesdrop—from tropical rainforests to urban gardens. Your own backyard may in fact be hosting a cacophony of communication that is imperceptible, until we listen in just the right way.

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Microsculpture

Microsculpture: The insect photography of Levon Biss. A groundbreaking photographic exhibition of Science and Art. More at http://microsculpture.net.

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Hypnotic Plankton

Original song “MANTA RAY” written and performed by Academy Award® nominated composer J. RALPH and award winning artist ANTONY (of Antony and the Johnsons) fo...
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The Microscopic Structures of Dried Human Tears

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In 2010, photographer Rose-Lynn Fisher published a book of remarkable images that captured the honeybee in an entirely new light. By using powerful scanning electron microscopes, she magnified a bee’s microscopic structures by hundreds or even thousands of times in size, revealing startling, abstract forms that are far too small to see with the naked eye. Now, as part of a new project called “Topography of Tears,” she’s using microscopes to give us an unexpected view of another familiar subject: dried human tears.

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Ladybug take off - in slow motion

A ladybug prepares and takes off for flying away. The sequence was recorded by cameraman Rainer Bergomaz from Blue Paw Artists with a pco.dimax HD at 3000 frames/s and 1296 x 720 pixel resolution. The first part is displayed at 250 frames/s and when the ladybug starts to unfold its wings the display speed is reduced to 25 frames/s.

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Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now.

Every Solar System Image You’ve Ever Seen is Wrong. Till Now. | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

To a virus, we’re colossal, even vast. To a giraffe, we’re small. If it’s me asking, a virus looks microscopic (minuscule?), while the solar system—ah, the solar system—has gotta be in the colossal-to-vast range, but I really have no idea. I can look up at what might be Mars (the rosy-looking one) in the night sky, but I haven’t the imagination, the metaphor, the math to make sense of that distance. All I know is what Doug Adams says in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy: “Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is.” Yup. That’s how I measure deep space: I don’t. My mind just boggles.

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Electric bacteria connect to form wires

Some bacteria produce hair-like filaments that act as wires, ferrying electrons back and forth between the cells and their environment. Full story: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25894

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Science for Designers: Scaling and Fractals

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Patterns of growth in nature are also prevalent and important in good design.
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Design Across Scales, Disciplines and Problem Contexts

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This course explores the reciprocal relationships among design, science, and technology by covering a wide range of topics including industrial design, architecture, visualization and perception, design computation, material ecology, and environmental design and sustainability. Students will examine how transformations in science and technology have influenced design thinking and vice versa, as well as develop methodologies for design research and collaborate on design solutions to interdisciplinary problems.
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Painted Stone: Asteroids in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey

Over 100,000 asteroids and their colors, as seen by a single remarkable survey telescope. This animation shows the orbital motions of over 100,000 of the asteroids…
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Mosquito Eye: Scanning Electron Microscope Zoom

Composite animation of a series of scanning electron microscope images, zooming in on a single ommatidium (one cellular column) in the eye of a mosquito.
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Elephants can hear the sound of approaching clouds

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They can sense low-frequency rumbles that human ears can't sense, allowing them to pick up when a storm is coming...
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Riding Light

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.

I've taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually "sees" or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I've kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.

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Small animals seen in the Scanning Electron Microscope

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Small animals, such as ants, mosquitoes, worms, mites and much more seen in the Scanning Electron Microscope

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Macro Video of Iridescent Soap Bubbles

StereoKroma captured soap bubbles closely enough to elicit an autonomous sensory meridian response...

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The Story of a Spoon

The Story of a Spoon charts the story of a plastic spoon, from the Big Bang to the Bin Bag, and aims to raise awareness of the effects of over-consumption in our society. This video is an appeal for people to take a moment to think about how the stuff we buy came into existence, and what happens to that stuff when we no longer have use for it.

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