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Video: The History of The Universe, Explained With Food

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Photo courtesy of Encyclopedia Pictura
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Let's get real: physics class was a bitch. But maybe if the professor demonstrated string theory by using spaghetti noodles we'd have had a better time with it. That's what the creators of "The Powers of Ten" are doing, at least.

The three guy team behind the film, better known as Encyclopedia Pictura, have cobbled together a stop motion animation film that demonstrates the history of the universe both beautifully and creatively, and (gasp!) it actually keeps us engaged.

From atomic particles made of brussel sprouts, to human lungs represented in beet leafs, to a multi-layered red onion universe, the film cleverly takes the viewer from the miniscule to the massive. It's done in a way that's slightly more playful than the dramatic Chayka Sofia stop motion food films, which we also love.

Says Fast Company:

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What makes Micro-Macro so great as a piece of pop-science communication is its willingness to go outside the obvious in its design. The "food as everything" metaphor could get predictable fast, but pairing each visualization with a soundtrack of bizarre-but-somehow-appropriate sound effects (like dolphin squeaks for quarks, which is a stroke of genius) keeps things lively. Another highlight: illustrating "organs" (the scale between "cells" and "bodies") with two undulating beet leaves, which look exactly like wheezing lungs. It’s beautiful, clever, anatomically correct, and kind of gross at the same time. In a word: engaging--which is the highest praise a science video can aim for.

Have a look.