Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Science Animation: The Future of Visual Communication

Visual communication is becoming more prominent with the development of new digital production methods and growing distribution venues on the World Wide Web. New developments in animation tools and scientific imaging are coming together to help scientists visualize phenomena that in the past were too large (the Universe), too small (cellular structures), too fast (neuronal activity), or too slow (plate tectonics) to visualize.

The Inner Life of a Cell, is a ground-breaking eight-minute animation created in NewTek LightWave 3D and Adobe After Effects for Harvard biology students. The animation illustrates unseen molecular mechanisms and the ones they trigger, specifically how white blood cells sense and respond to their surroundings and external stimuli. Created by XVIVO, a scientific animation company near Hartford, CT, it was featured during the 33rd annual SIGGRAPH conference in Boston.

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For a narrated version without the music go to

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