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Starting in Asia and extending to the limits of human understanding, The Known Universe is a journey through the cosmos created by the American Museum of Natural History as part of the 2009-2010 Rubin Museum exhibition Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe. Created using the Hayden Planetarium’s Digital Universe Atlas, the world’s most complete map of the observable Universe, the visualisation serves as both an astounding tour of our cosmos and a tribute to centuries of scientific observation and accomplishment.
Directors: Carter Emmart
Producer: Ben R Oppenheimer
Website: American Museum of Natural History
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Nature and landscape
Take a serene hike through an ancient forest, inspired by a Miyazaki masterpiece
Design and fashion
The mundane becomes mesmerising in this deep dive into segmented displays
A song of ice, fire and jelly – exploring the physics and history of the trumpet
Animals and humans
An artist and ants collaborate on an exhibit of ‘tiny Abstract Expressionist paintings’
How a curious question about colouring maps changed mathematics forever
A dreamy tribute to the music of Brian Eno, rendered in paint, soap and water
To understand how an animal sees the world, start with the shape of its pupils
Technology and the self
Why we should worry less about ‘sentient’ AIs and more about what we’re teaching them