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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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Crystal Birth

This video is the beginning of a long-term chemistry project involving metal crystals. These stunning structures are the result of a chemical reaction where the metal is deposited from the solution onto the metal surface. It takes from a few hours to a couple of days to generate a crystal. This process is carried out very slowly by an electric current: layer by layer the crystal is born.

 
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Beautiful Chemical Reactions

Eight types of beautiful chemical reactions are presented in this short video, including metal displacement, precipitation, chemical garden, crystallization, color change, bubbling reactions, dancing fluorescent droplets, and smoke.

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Sea Urchins Pull Themselves Inside Out to be Reborn

Conceived in the open sea, tiny spaceship-shaped sea urchin larvae search the vast ocean to find a home. After this incredible odyssey, they undergo one of the most remarkable transformations in nature.

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Powers of Ten: How the Eames’ Experimental Film Changed the Way We Look at Chicago—and the Universe.

Powers of Ten: How the Eames’ Experimental Film Changed the Way We Look at Chicago—and the Universe. | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

The film’s premise is deceptively simple. For nine minutes, the narrator, physicist Philip Morrison, guides the viewer on a fantastic voyage that begins with an overhead shot of a couple lounging by the lake in a Chicago park, a spot close to Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears, and equidistant to McCormick Place and Grant Park.

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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

The Power of the Powers of Ten | Design Thinking | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

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 scale of the universe

Carl Sagan told us that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on all of the Earth's beaches. At the same time, there are more H2O molecules in just 10 drops of water than there are stars.

 
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Scientists Have Found a Bizarre Similarity Between Human Cells and Neutron Stars

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Researchers have found that the 'crust' (or outer layers) of a neutron star has the same shape as our cellular membranes. This could mean that, despite being fundamentally different, both humans and neutron stars are constrained by the same geometry.

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Bees Hatch Before Your Eyes

Witness the eerily beautiful growth of larvae into bees in this mesmerizing time-lapse video from photographer Anand Varma. Varma said the six-month project, for which he built a beehive in his workshop, gave him a new respect for the meticulous job of beekeeping.

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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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