microscopic worlds

The above is a chrysocolla, a mixture of silicate and copper compounds. Each “stalagmite” contains a bunch of tiny crystals, usually microscopic by themselves.

The microscopic world takes on shapes and forms that we thought were merely an invention of our own minds.  This further amplifies the notion that geometry is a fundamental component of this universe.

When you look at photographs from an electron microscope, you may also notice other naturally-occurring patterns that exist on a larger, visible scale.  This is a reflection of the Principle of Correspondence: the microcosm reflects the macrocosm; “as above, so below.”


Ethereal Photography of Dewdrops on Dandelion Seeds

With the sole use of his iPhone and a macro camera Squidcam, photographer Autumn Sasala captures the ethereal beauty of dewdrops deposited of Dandelion seeds. To capture their delicate grace, the photographs are taken early in the morning, where dew is formed as a result of condensation.

The ethereal images showcase cotton candy pink and blue hues, which seem to resemble the images of a fairytale, where woodland creatures live under the fragile petals of the wish making Dandelion flower. The dainty images beautifully capture the microscopic world of science and flowers in a serene and romantic sensibility. The photographs seem to have been taken in a realm, where time has stopped, where each droplet of water is standing still for a second, before it gently rolls down.


June 11, 2017


by Molly Rose Freeman

“One day, Atlanta-based muralist Molly Rose Freeman realized that her brain, imagination and soul had been possessed” says Nashville Word of Mouth. “Patterns, inspired by spiritual spaces and iconography, she decided would be the official subject matter of her work.” Close to legally blind since birth, Durham, North Carolina native Freeman has always looked at the world in close-up. “The microscopic nature of my world allowed me to recognize that everything is made up of shapes and patterns” she says, expressing her fascination in both manmade pattern, including Ottoman mosaics and illuminated manuscripts, and natural, such as in wind maps and cell patterns. This mural on South 21st Ave. in Hollywood, Florida was painted in 2013 for the Downtown Hollywood Mural Project.  @mollyrosefree  

The key to growing edibles in a time of drought is healthy soil. In the same way that our bodies depend on millions of microscopic organisms to stay functional and in balance, healthy soil is host to a microscopic world that gives it—and the plants that grow in it—the necessary building blocks for a healthy ecosystem. The organisms in the soil create and maintain the pathways through which water and nutrients travel. Without happy soil life, you don’t have soil—you just have dirt.

On VERSO, research horticulturist and Huntington Ranch Garden coordinator Kyra Saegusa talks soil health and sheet mulching.

caption: Just about six months of sheet mulching produces rich compost, teeming with soil life. Photo by Lisa Blackburn.

Happy Birthday, Albert Einstein 

Born on 14 March 1879, died 18 April 1955, his 1915 General Theory of Relativity earned worldwide fame and a firm place in history.  His “services to theoretical physics”, in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, won him  the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics.  Dissatisfied with Newton’s classical mechanics and their limitations in explaining the natural world and specifically the newly discovered microscopic world suggested by the electromagnetic field, Einstein proposed a theory that addressed mechanics, electromagnetic fields and gravity.  The world relativity was first used in English as a noun in 1834 meaning simply the fact or condition of being relative, derived from the English adjective relative.  It first had roughly the sense that Einstein used in the work of English scientist James Clerk Maxwell in 1876.  The word relative was used in English in the 14th century to mean a relative pronoun-from the Late Latin relativus meaning having reference or relation, which came from Latin relatus, the past participle of referre meaning to refer.  

Official portrait of Albert Einstein after his Nobel Prize in Physics.

There are a million endless colors
In a handful of Pacific sand
From live and inanimate donors
Both in ocean and on land
Microscopic testament to
Worlds unreachable
Intagible, imaginable
Not just below the surface
But up beyond the stars
Flecks, and sparkling glass, and
Windy blue skies, and space gas
The seagulls look like dinosaurs;
All the businesses like caves;
Connected songs of time and space
Have come to dance with me, to say,
“There’s something in this you must find,
"There’s something hidden in your mind,”
While crashing tides make sonic booms
I cannot find words to explain
A primal knowledge, gained in womb,
That I’ve been here again and again
All of this has been before
It just didn’t look the same

[Venice Beach, CA mid-April]


The Man from the 9 Dimensions

To be released on April the 20th, 2016 in Dome Theater Gaia (Miraikan)

Based on the latest scientific data and hypotheses, Takashi Shimizu, the pioneer of horror movies, visualizes the world as theoretical physicists see it in order to create a new kind of science movie.

The world’s first 3D full-dome movie on the “Theory of Everything”; the ultimate goal of physics to describe all natural phenomena by a single, consistent theory. Physics is in crisis. Our understandings of the microscopic world of elementary particles and of the macroscopic world of the universe are in contradiction. Scientists are striving to resolve the contradictions and construct the Theory of Everything. Be ready to be surprised by the new world of vibrating strings and hidden dimensions predicted by the most promising hypothesis, the Superstring Theory.

Just a nuance, physics is not in crisis, physics can’t be in crisis, or put another way, all the crisis in physics are also physics. IMHO.


Pegasus makes this amazing speech in the Japanese version of the Doma arc/season 4.

“It is certainly inconceivable for those who view life through the facts of our world’s history. However, the microscopic world exists unseen by the naked eye. As does the dark void of the universe. And with it, existence mankind can only fathom. When it is impossible to truly see, humans are capable of creating an entire world of possibility through their imaginations! This unlimited potential that can alter the future… That is what we call imagination!