Mysteries of the Unseen World

Synopsis: MYSTERIES OF THE UNSEEN WORLD transports audiences to places on this planet that they have never been before, to see things that are beyond their normal vision, yet literally right in front of their eyes. Mysteries of the Unseen World reveals phenomena that can't be seen with the naked eye, taking audiences into earthly worlds secreted away in different dimensions of time and scale. Viewers experience events that unfold too slowly for human perception; They "see" the beauty, drama, and even humor of phenomena of that occur in the flash of a microsecond; They enter the microscopic world that was once reserved only for scientists, but that Mysteries of the Unseen World makes accessible to the rest of us; They begin to understand that what we actually see is only a fraction of what there is TO see on this Earth. High-speed and time-lapse photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology are just a few of the advancements in science that now allow us to see a whole new universe of thing
Director(s): Louie Schwartzberg
Production: Nat Geo Films
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
39 min

A passion-flower vine

tosses its tendrils

like a grappling hook,

wrenches itself up,

and throws open

its sun-catching blossom.

We can see

living things decompose...

providing resources that allow

new life to flourish.

Dead matter can be food

for slime molds,

among the simplest life-forms.

Time-lapse shows that they

are constantly on the move.

One slime mold

is astonishingly complex.

When individual cells

run out of food,

they group together

and form stalks

with spores at the top.

The spores can be picked up

by the wind or passersby

and carried to a place

with more food.

Good boy.

On a grander scale,

time-lapse allows us

to see our planet in motion.

We can view not only

the vast sweep of nature...

but the restless movement

of humanity.

Each streaking dot

represents a passenger plane.

By turning air traffic data

into time-lapse imagery,

we can see something

that's above us constantly...

but invisible-

the vast network of air travel

over the United States.

We can do the same thing

with ships at sea-

turn data into a time-lapse view.

Decades of data give us

a view of our entire planet

as a single organism,

sustained by currents

circulating through the sea...

by moisture and warmth,

swirling through the atmosphere,

pulsing with lightning,

adorned by the Aurora Borealis.

It may be the ultimate

time-lapse image-

the anatomy of Earth,

brought to life.

At the other extreme of time,

there are things that happen

too fast for our eyes.

But we have technology

to see that world, too.

Introducing Dr. Harold E. Edgerton

of the Massachusetts

Institute of Technology.

His stroboscope light,

my friends, is really something,

and it's put the 'super'

in super-speed photography.

While normally film runs

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