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.
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39 min

For those who

stretch their imaginations,

who envision a future

where technology

serves the greater good...

their mission is our mission.

At Lockheed Martin,

we never forget

who we're working for.

Looks like an ordinary city.

We know what we'll see

on these streets, inside these walls.

Or so we think.

The people living

in this apartment building

are surrounded by things

they can't see.

All of us are.


Things too slow

for our eyes to detect...

or too fast to follow.

By things that can be seen

only through light waves

invisible to us.

Bye, Mom.

Have fun.

A day in their lives

would look a lot different

if they could see all

the light waves around them.

Or see other worlds around us

that are too small...


or smaller yet...

down to the heart

of matter itself.

Imagine if, for one day,

we could see what they can't-

all that's too slow,

too fast, too small...

Or simply invisible.

It would forever

change our understanding

of the planet we live on.

On this day, we'll see beyond

the limits of human vision.

Normally, we see light waves

that bounce off objects.

They beam into our eyes...

and onto our retina

at the back of our eye,

where an upside-down

and backward image appears.

It's turned into electrical impulses

that race to the brain...

which allows us to see

what we need to survive.

But there's a lot we miss.

We only see the rainbow

of light waves called visible light.

But that's just a fraction

of the millions of wavelengths

in the vast

electromagnetic spectrum.

Some of this invisible light

has waves longer

than the rainbow's,

such as infrared...


and radio waves.

Others are shorter,

including ultraviolet...

X- rays...

and gamma.

These waves radiate

from the sun...


From everything around us.

On the rooftop,

there are creatures

that can see

other light waves.

A bee can view the world

through ultraviolet light.

It can see UV markings

on flowers

that guide bees

and other pollinators

right to their pollen.

All of this

is invisible to you.

You just see a bee

feeding on nectar.

Even a mosquito

has an advantage over you.

Through infrared vision,

it can see the heat patterns

on your body.

Warmer spots means more blood

near the surface.

We have cameras

that can see like a mosquito...

revealing what's hot...

and what's not.

The brighter something looks,

the hotter it is.

Some wavelengths can pass

right through objects.

Wonder what's going on inside

the apartment building?

Gamma rays can show you.

With X-ray vision, you could see

an egg hidden within a quail...

the mechanics

of an animal in motion...

and what's going on inside

anyone's body.

Radio waves can also

pass through us.

An MRI can use them,

along with magnetic energy,

to show your heart beating.

The more invisible light waves

we can see,

the more secrets we uncover

about the world around us.

But that's only the beginning.

Some things happen

too slowly for our eyes.

In the 1930s,

an amateur scientist in Chicago

wanted to see how flowers move.

John Nash Ott had the idea

of shooting a single frame of film

at regular intervals...

15 minutes apart.

By projecting the pictures

at the normal speed of movies-

24 frames per second-

Ott saw that flowers move dramatically

as they react to light.

He also had some fun.

We call it

"time-lapse photography,"

and through it,

we discover movement

Where our eyes see none.

We can see how organisms

emerge and grow.

How a vine survives by creeping

from the forest floor

to reach the sunlight.

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