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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, being, and acting in the world...

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A Tour of the Zoomable Universe

A Tour of the Zoomable Universe | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

The Zoomable Universe tours the universe’s 62 orders of magnitude.

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Ten tiny but terrifying micro-monsters

Forget about the bogeyman in the cupboard or the monster under the bed. These creepy crawlies really might be in your house (or nearby, at least), so enjoy these coloured scanning electron micrograph portraits...

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That's About the Size (a.k.a. Infinity)

The uncontested Transcalar Imaginary theme song. Sing along!


Ohh, everything comes in its own special size 

I guess it can be measured, by where you put your eyes 

It so big when you're close, it looks smaller back a bit 

That's about the size of it. 


That's about the size; 

where you put your eyes 

That's about the size of it. 


Oh the big becomes the little when you see it back a bit. 

The huge becomes the dinky which is just the opposite 

of the larger that gets smaller, it never seems to quit

That's about the size of it. 


That's about the size; 

where you put your eyes 

That's about the size of it. 


Let the Big become the Little, that's the way it seems to go, 

that they make up a larger thing is something good to know. 

It's nice to know that though it's small there's always room to grow 

and that's about the size of it. 


That's about the size... 

where you put your eyes..... 

That's about the size of it.


More about this remarkable gem: 

http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/That%27s_About_the_Size

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The Weird and Beautiful World of Fluid Dynamics

The Weird and Beautiful World of Fluid Dynamics | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it
Fluids and gases can move in strange and mysterious ways that aren’t always apparent to our unaided eyes. It's only with the use of tracers or dyes, photographic techniques and a bit of luck, that we can capture fluid dynamics in action.
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Bees hatching time-lapse

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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Can One Mathematical Model Explain All Patterns In Nature?

All patterns in nature might be describable using this mathematical "morphogen' theory of reaction-diffusions systems. How did Alan Turing influence how we see the natural world?

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The Infinite Now

Cinematographer Armand Dijcks had been experimenting with animating splashes of water when he first encountered Collins’s photographs. He wondered if he could show the waves “in motion, but staying in place at the same time,” he says. “The idea was to stretch out the 1/8000th [of a] second during which the image was created into infinity. In a lot of my work, I like to mess with people’s minds a little, and this contrast between a very short time span being stretched infinitely long, and between motion and stillness is a perfect example of that.”

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EVERYTHING

Everything is a beautiful new interactive experience from David OReilly, narrated by the late great philosopher Alan Watts...

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Tokyo Light Odyssey

From the lights of skyscrapers and homes, to the neon street lights and headlamps of cars and trains in motion… fragments of the city float like stardust out of the darkness against the curtain of the night sky. This new vision of Tokyo is explored with omnidirectional motion graphics.

This work was born from ‘Beyond Motion Graphics’ (http://wowlab.net/research/beyond-motiongraphics) an internal company project at WOW aimed at exploring new possibilities for motion graphics. In using VR technology, consideration was given as to what kind of images to showcase and express as pieces of art.

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Zoom into a Blue Morpho Butterfly

Zoom into the natural nanostructures that manipulate light on a Blue Morpho Butterfly! Starting with a normal digital camera, we zoom into the wing of the Blue Morpho using more powerful microscopes. We see the wing underneath an optical microscope, and finally, a scanning electron microscope. You'll see the 200 nanometer structures that produce the beautiful blue iridescent color of the Blue Morpho.

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TIMELAPSE OF THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE

On a cosmic time scale, human history is as brief as the blink of an eye. By compressing all 13.8 billion years of time into a 10 minute scale, this video shows just how young we truly are, and just how ancient and vast our universe us. Starting with the big bang and culminating in the appearance of homo sapiens, this experience follows the unfolding of time at 22 million years per second, adhering closely to current scientific understanding.

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Squid: Coming to Life

Produced by the evolutionary and developmental biologist Nipam Patel in his Patel Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, Squid: Coming to Life literally puts squid and cuttlefish development under the microscope. With a sparkling soundtrack and stunning microscopy footage, the short video shows the cephalopods transforming from embryos (when they develop in egg capsules) to hatchlings that emerge with the resplendent, colour-shifting skin they use for communication and camouflage.

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Jonathan Harris — Powers of Ten

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I use no magic to extend my life; 

Now, before me, the dead trees
become alive.

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Fractals and Scaling course

Fractals and Scaling course | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it
This is a free course from the Santa Fe Institute for anyone who is interested in an overview of how ideas from fractals and scaling are used to study complex systems. Fractals are scale-free, in the sense that there is not a typical length or time scale that captures their features. A tree, for example, is made up of branches, off of which are smaller branches, off of which are smaller branches, and so on. Fractals thus look similar, regardless of the scale at which they are viewed. Fractals are often characterized by their dimension. You will learn what it means to say that an object is 1.6 dimensional and how to calculate the dimension for different types of fractals.
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Considering Appropriate spatial-temporal Scale — bigger and faster isn’t always better!

Considering Appropriate spatial-temporal Scale — bigger and faster isn’t always better! | Transcalar Imaginary | Scoop.it

In their book Ecological Design, Sim Van der Ryn and Stuart Cowan introduce the concept of ‘scale-linking’. They argue that since we traditionally have studied the world using the language, metaphors and tools of a single discipline at a time, we have been predisposed to “seeing process on a single scale”.

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WoodSwimmer

WoodSwimmer is a new short film by engineer and stop-motion animator Brett Foxwell, who has built armatures for films such as Boxtrolls and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Created in collaboration with musician and animator bedtimes, the work follows a piece of raw wood through a milling machine, capturing its unique growth rings, knots, and weathered spots through a series of cross-sectional photographic scans. Due the speed at which the images are animated, the log’s grains begin to flow like granules of sand—shifting, mixing, and flowing in a vibrant dance that seems completely removed from its rigid material. http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2017/06/woodswimmer-stop-motion-film/

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FRACTAL

The ingredient based explanation for supercell thunderstorms cites moisture, wind shear, instability and lift as the reasons for their formation. I prefer to focus on the big picture. Supercell thunderstorms are a manifestation of nature's attempt to correct an extreme imbalance. The ever ongoing effort to reach equilibrium, or viscosity, is what drives all of our weather, and the force with which the atmosphere tries to correct this imbalance is proportional to the gradient. In other words, the more extreme the imbalance, the more extreme the storm.

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Creating The Never-Ending Bloom

John Edmark's sculptures are both mesmerizing and mathematical. Using meticulously crafted platforms, patterns, and layers, Edmark's art explores the seemingly magical properties that are present in spiral geometries. In his most recent body of work, Edmark creates a series of animating “blooms” that endlessly unfold and animate as they spin beneath a strobe light.

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Small World in Motion

The Nikon International Small World Competition first began in 1975 as a means to recognize and applaud the efforts of those involved with photography through the light microscope. Since then, Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.


http://www.nikonsmallworld.com

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Colonies of Growing Bacteria Make Psychedelic Art

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In the early 1990s, Eshel Ben-Jacob, a biological physicist at Tel Aviv University, and his colleagues discovered two new species of bacteria—Paenibacillus dendritiformis and Paenibacillus vortex. Both strains of soil bacteria, the species live near the roots of plants. Each bacterium is only a few microns in size, and they divide every 20 minutes, ultimately forming large colonies consisting of billions of microorganisms. “The entire colony can be thought of as a big brain, a super brain, that receives signals, processes information and then makes decisions about where to send bacteria and where to continue to expand,” says Ben-Jacob.

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