“The Inner Life of a Cell”

by F.

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy,” says Hamlet in Act I, Scene 5, and this short video will give you the same sense: that the world in which we live contains things beyond what the mind could ever dream up. We have to observe it to believe it. If you’ve ever scuba-dived, you know that the aliens and mythic creatures imagined by, say, Dreamworks or Lucasfilm, are nothing compared to those that are passing their days out in the nearest ocean. There’s no need to go anywhere else for aliens and odd creatures—they are right outside your door.


Actually, it’s even better than that: there’s no reason to even look outside. Those strange “creatures” are inside us. “The Inner Life of the Cell” is an eight minute animation by Xvivo, LLC, that “transports Harvard Biology students into a three-dimensional journey through the microscopic world of a cell.” You can watch a bit of it here. Wicked. Wicked. Wicked.