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The World’s Tiniest Police Chase

From the creative minds who brought you Address is Approximate comes the world’s smallest police chase. The folks over at UK-based production company The Theory use an iPhone and pocket video projectors to create a thrilling high-octane chase scene that takes place around their office.

Check out Speed Of Light, the world’s smallest action police chase.

http://vimeo.com/43127008

[via Blitzmatt]

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Just How Small is an Atom?

The interactive Scale of the Universe shows us how minuscule and gargantuan elements in our universe can be. We know that atoms, the basic unit of matter, are small but just how small are we talking about?

Scientist and teacher Jonathan Bergmann answers that question in this quick animated chemistry lesson using blueberries, grapefruits, and football stadiums as metaphors.

You can find many more educational videos at TED-Ed.

[via @blahsum]

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World’s Smallest Aquarium is Super Cute

Anatoly Konenko is a Russian artist who specializes in miniatures, so much so that he even has Guinness World Record to his name. In 1996, Konenko created a 30-page, 0.9 mm by 0.9 mm book complete with text (and illustrations!), and won the award for the world’s smallest printed book.

Carrying on the theme of microminiature as he has done for 30 years, Konenko has recently created the tiniest of aquariums. Measuring just 30mm wide, 24mm high, and 14 mm deep, the glass tank holds 10 ml of water, plants, stones, and teeny-weeny fish! He uses a itty-bitty net to place the little Zebrafish into their home, and he has even crafted a water purification filter to keep the habitat clean and healthy. You must see images of this adorable little aquarium after the jump.

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Food as Seen Through an Electron Microscope

We’re big fans of how the scanning electron microscope can show the smallest of details. If you liked the last set of in-depth SEM images, you may like the works of Caren Alpert.

As a child, Alpert was fascinated with the back-page quiz of “3-2-1 Contact” Magazine, a quiz that tasked the viewer to identify the items in a selection of close-up images. The photographer (and food lover) has always been interested in the smaller details and has been photographing food for over eight years. After seeing an image taken with an SEM, Alpert was inspired to use the scientific equipment to capture images of the foods that we ingest on a regular basis. The magnification is between 45 and 850 times and the resulting images look like alien landscapes, delicious alien landscapes. Her project is entitled Terra Cibus and can be viewed on her website, which you can find through Google.

[via Laughing Squid]

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Amazing Electron Microscope Images

A photomicrograph (or micrograph) is an image that is taken through a microscope, and we’ve covered a few of those on the blog including Nikon’s “Small World” competition, a traveller’s tale in a strange microscopic world, and an incredibly close-up look at insects. If you missed any of those, click here to see them.

North American scientific instruments company, FEI, is in the business of supplying electron microscopes to a various industries and it is the fantastic images taken by their line of scanning electron microscope (or SEM), that we’ll show you today. According FEI, their SEMs can magnify 20 to 1,000,000 times better a light microscope and can be used in tasks that contain long scientific words such as 3D cellular ultrastructure, macromolecular localization, and 3D tissue imaging.¬† The proof is really in the details. Hit the jump to see some of the FEI’s microscopic images.

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Arty Awesomeness Eating and Drinking

Everyday Scenes, Told With Food and Toys

The concept of Lilliputian-type people interacting with the ginourmous world around them isn’t exactly a new thing, but that’s not to say it’s any less entertaining to see. In his Little People project, street artist Slinkachu abandons his miniature characters in different locations in London, and in Vincent Bousserez’ Plastic Life, the tiny people are doing all sorts of day-to-day activities such as scaling a large breast and mowing the lawn that happens to be someone’s beard.

Artist Christopher Boffoli plays around with the miniature theme in his project entitled “Disparity”. He says this:

I have always been interested in size disparity and a juxtaposition of scales between people and things. It seems to be a really common theme, dating from its use in the 18th Century by Jonathan Swift in Gulliver’s Travels all the way through the television and films of the 1970’s (like Sid and Marty Kroft’s Dr. Shrinker) and 80’s (The Incredible Shrinking Woman/Honey I Shrunk the Kids/Innerspace) that I grew up on.

His project humourously shows the daily grind of life where food plays just a major role as the tiny people themselves. From trimming a brocolli hedge to civil engineers exploring a crack in an egg to a janitor mopping up a mustard spill, Boffoli creates some fantastic little scenes. Have a look at them after the jump.

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Exploring the MicroWorlds of Alan Jaras

You may recall research scientist and microscopist Alan Jaras and his fantastic photos of light refracting through various textured objects. If not, you can refresh your memory here.

I didn’t notice this on my last trip to his Flickr profile but Jaras had access to a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Between 2005 and 2007, he used the device to create a story about a group of travellers who land on a microscopic world and explore the alien environment. Have a look at some images from his MicroWorlds set after the jump.

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Cute of the day

baby lemurThis adorable and incredibly rare Propithecus Coronatus lemur orphan is being cared for by staff at Besancon Zoo in eastern France.

Hit the jump to see more of this cute animal.