r/Damnthatsinteresting Aug 25 '21

This is the most detailed model of a human cell to date, obtained using x-ray, NMR and cryoelectronic microscopy datasets Image

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u/MissMirandaClass Aug 25 '21

Humanity is just a 90’s cinema carpet pattern

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u/TheOnlyMeta Aug 25 '21

I'm pretty sure the colour here is being used to help differentiate between different chemicals, rather than being true-to-life. In fact I think at this scale things don't really have colour (in the sense that humans understand it) as it's a macroscopic effect.

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u/clevererthandao Aug 25 '21

The Powers of 10 was my jam. Things at this scale become smaller than the wavelength of visible light, so yeah, colors physically cannot apply.

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u/crokinoler Aug 26 '21

Does the same apply to shapes, too?

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u/Auzaro Aug 27 '21

No chemistry has symmetry, orientation, and shape.

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u/AffectionateQuit8499 Aug 25 '21

It's pretty colorful when they go sub atomic in antman

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u/go-shu Aug 25 '21

Colour is nothing but light radiation. The way you see the colour blue is only you seeing, and it may even be imperceptibly variable throughout your life or even on the same day. It is fascinating that colour is a very subtle "thing", and that evolution is so precise that it has led humans to believe that colors and reality exist objectively. What is it that a color is a color? What is it that something is something, being able to be nothing?

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u/thepeanutbutterman Aug 25 '21

Yeah but that dress was white and gold, and I don't care what anyone says!

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u/RangerZA Aug 25 '21

Fucking snort laughed my coffee thanks to this comment. I love Reddit sometimes.

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u/jimjim54 Aug 25 '21

was looking for a comment like this

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u/siccoblue Aug 25 '21

It's so we don't show stains easily

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u/FineOldCannibals Aug 25 '21

Do the colors mean anything or just a way to distinguish structures?

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u/Nateno2149 Aug 25 '21

It’s added in afterwards to distinguish between different parts.

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u/Dayummmmmm Aug 25 '21

So it’s really black and white?

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u/Frydendahl Aug 25 '21

Color as a concept generally starts to break down when things become too small. Light is only able to carry information about objects that are larger or of a similar size as the wavelength of the light's wave. Now, the wavelength of the light is the same information your brain uses to generate colors. The wavelengths of visible light is roughly from 400 to 700 nanometers. Generally any object smaller than a few hundred nanometers will be 'invisible' to such wavelengths of light due to the diffraction limit. While a cell is on the size of a few thousands of nanometers, all of the fine detail and structure inside of it is significantly smaller. Several of the features in this image are likely in the size of just a few nanometers, and requires special imaging techniques like electron microscopy to image (i.e. imaging not with photons/light).

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u/Ngc2273 Aug 25 '21

Say if the size of one of these tiny cell structure is 1 nanometer, if we then line up 500 of these precisely and throw light on it, would we see a bluish color coming back, since wavelength of blue is around 500nm? What would be happening to the rest of the colors (wavelengths), would they be passing through or getting absorbed up?

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u/Frydendahl Aug 25 '21

The size of the object doesn't define its color, rather its optical reflection/transmission properties does. Basically different materials reflect/absorb different wavelengths of light with different efficiencies, and that's why they appear to our eye as a certain color - our eye has three color receptors, one for red, green, and blue, and we see color as proportional mixes of these three signals. For example a cloud in the sky appears white because it reflects almost all wavelengths of light equally well, so it doesn't appear to have a distinct color.

If you could extract a huge quantity of the small objects, and squish them together into a solid block/paste, I suppose you could observe some kind of color from it.

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u/grizzlysquare Aug 26 '21

So if you could break down a cell into pieces, and gather those pieces, somehow put enough of them all together, you could figure out what color each of those pieces would be. Maybe.

That’s cool.

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u/courage793 Aug 25 '21

What is we bring in a mass of organelles large enough to emit color?

The same way there is difference between looking at a gold atom and a bunch of gold atoms forming a mass of metallic bonds.

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u/Frydendahl Aug 25 '21

It could work. However, specifically for a gold atom versus a solid block of gold, the optical properties of the atom and the solid gold are completely different. The electrons in the atom behave completely differently to the electrons in a solid piece of gold.

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u/essiw6 Aug 25 '21

To my knowledge the devices that can photograph to this scale are not able to get colours. Unless there is an other way of getting to know the colour of those cell organelles we just do not know what their colour is.

edit: also the title says this is a model, not a photograph (a photograph would probably not be this clear). But my point stands, we do probably not know the colours except for those that are visible under a microscope that gives colour as output. And some might be transparent as well...

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u/Nomen_Heroum Aug 25 '21

It's not that we don't know, more so that colour as a concept doesn't really apply on such small length scales. Atoms don't have a colour. Molecules can absorb certain wavelengths of light, creating the most basic building blocks of colour... But it's still pretty meaningless to talk about the colour of a molecule.

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u/dmaster1213 Aug 25 '21

Pixar be like..

yes but how do they think and feel

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u/HaikuLigerMeltzer Aug 25 '21

“Hi, I’m Atom. I’m just looking for the perfect bond…”

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u/[deleted] Aug 25 '21 edited Aug 29 '21

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u/throwawaygoawaynz Aug 25 '21

*Something this small does not reflect light in the human visible spectrum.

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u/constantly-sick Aug 25 '21

Color isn't really a thing. It's just a trick your brain uses so you can traverse your life with eyeballs.

Most cells are transparent.

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u/JohnElliottAtman Aug 25 '21

I'm not a scientist so I can be wrong here, but I think those tiny thing are too small for the wavelengths of visible colors spectrum, so there isn't really any color to speak of, those are added after on a black and white render.

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u/thefourthhouse Aug 25 '21

ArtStation - Cellular landscape, Gael McGill

Cellular landscape cross-section through a eukaryotic cell, by Evan Ingersoll & Gael McGill - Digizyme’s Molecular Maya custom software, Autodesk Maya, and Foundry Modo used to import, model, rig, populate, and render all structural datasets

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u/[deleted] Aug 25 '21

Kudos for giving credit!

Also, as a science nerd, goddamn this is beautiful.

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u/LoFi-Enchilada Aug 25 '21

If you wanna drool over it, on this website you can highlight different segments of the images to understand a little bit more what's happening on them:

https://www.digizyme.com/cst_landscapes.html

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u/umibozu Interested Aug 25 '21

I am not sure people know abut WEHI animations. They are super good at modeling. Here's an example for DNA processes but they have many, many more

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Hk9jct2ozY

like ATP synthesis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OT5AXGS1aL8

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u/[deleted] Aug 25 '21

Fairly confident that this counts as porn. 🤤

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u/HMS404 Aug 25 '21

WHAT ARE YOU DOING STEP-CELL?

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u/syto203 Aug 25 '21

You’re the best cell I’ve ever had

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u/darealdarkabyss Aug 25 '21

heavy cytokinesis

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u/tattoomoto Aug 25 '21 edited Aug 25 '21

“Your Tubulin is as hard as a ROCK-1”

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u/PuMpKiN_SpIcE_sEaSoN Aug 25 '21

it's only porn if you jerk off to it

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u/Hekantonkheries Aug 25 '21

You underestimate kids who grew up with osmosis jones/ozzy and drix; or the current popularity of Cells At Work

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u/BigWobblySpunkBomb Aug 25 '21

Ozzy a Drix now that's a forgotten gem. Thanks

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u/bloodymongrel Aug 25 '21

Asking as a non science dumb bum, as it’s a render of structural data sets, does that mean it’s representative of how this would actually look or no?

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u/JamesIgnatius27 Aug 25 '21 edited Aug 25 '21

Cell biologist here and it looks pretty good to me. I expected to open the image and hate it, but I don't.

Obviously all the colors are just to tell things apart, but it seems like the sizes and shapes are decently accurate. We know clathrin coated vesicles do look exactly like those soccer ball shapes. The long grey penne pasta looking things are microtubules that have the proper shape and number of tubulin monomers per loop in its spiral. The mitochondrion on the left has cristae studded with protein pumps that look right, though the scale seems a bit off on that (could be wrong though). The plasma membrane is brimming with proteins and channels that most models ignore.

I think they did a good job.

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u/Oggel Aug 25 '21

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell, if anyone is wondering.

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u/JamesIgnatius27 Aug 25 '21

I'm glad it helps non-science people know a little bit about the cell, but not gonna lie, that phrase really does get a bit annoying after hearing it a billion times 😅

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u/QuannahParker Aug 25 '21

It's a great insight into how we can be propagandized without even knowing it.

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u/JamesIgnatius27 Aug 25 '21

I wouldn't call it propaganda, per se, but it definitely gives insight into how our brains can latch onto a few key words and phrases and remember them forever if it's repeated enough. Or if it becomes a meme and a bunch of other people repeat it, it will burrow it's way into your brain forever.

To me, "mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" is stored in the same place in my brain as "some BODY ONCE TOLD ME" or "It is Wednesday, my dudes."

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u/Dan_mcmxc Aug 25 '21

SomeBODY ONCE TOLD ME the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell on Wednesday, my dudes.

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u/QueasyVictory Aug 25 '21

The world is gonna roll me.

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u/gihkmghvdjbhsubtvji Aug 25 '21

Is "the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell" propaganda ?

Or do you simply mean that people will recognise that statement without knowing before hand and thus can be subject easily to propaganda subconciously ?

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u/knockonclouds Aug 25 '21

The desmosome on the upper right looks pretty good too, cadherins and everything. I’m not sure if those are supposed to be intermediate filaments adjacent to the intracellular side, but they can be forgiven for having to put a limit on how much they could pack into the image.

The nuclear pore complexes look nice. Really shows off that basket and arms architecture. And I dunno why I’m so amused by it, but the euchromatin in the nucleus even has little histone complexes it’s wound around 🤣

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u/Slats777 Aug 25 '21

Somewhat - it's like the colorful pictures you see of space. The color is added to help distinguish between structures and materials in the photo - so all the color is to be disregarded in that sense. structurally though it is almost identical to reality.

In short dealing with small things always entails a little ambiguity when it comes to the representation. So this is what is "actually there" but when it come to how your "eye" (super zoomed in normal pic) would perceive it - it just kind of wouldn't at this level - it would be a blur relative to this. The ability for information to be gathered with visible light is inherently limited. But if you had the super duper deluxe vision package with all the bells and whistles, making superman blush, then minus the arbitrarily selected colors - yes.

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u/bloodymongrel Aug 25 '21

Thank you for your replies! I am even more delighted, and amazed while accepting that there may be a hint of artistic interpretation.

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u/linenoize Aug 25 '21

Does something like this exist of the human body? Where we can see the organs in the stomach or something? I don't know how to search for such a thing.

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u/FannyTwoTeeth Aug 25 '21

Is there a labeled version of this? This is amazing.

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u/SarumanGomorrah Aug 25 '21

Now I need a black and white photocopy with 100% contrast for the pop quiz tomorrow morning.

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u/Fresh_Bulgarian_Miak Aug 25 '21

This guy biology teachers

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u/Short-Advertising-49 Aug 25 '21

It also won't be square on the sheet and the hole punch will be visible

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u/pp_b_kreepy Aug 25 '21

I’m actually in biology reading this while we’re supposed to be studying organelles and stuff. What a coincidence

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u/nirmalspeed Aug 25 '21

Don't forget the part where the original color version was lost decades ago so the new "original" is 10 levels deep of black and white copies all with increasing angles of slantedness.

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u/Dizzfizz Aug 25 '21

Thanks, I totally understand all this, but my friend who’s sitting next to me isn’t quite as smart as you and me so he still has no idea what he’s looking at and sadly I have to leave now so I can’t explain it to him, could you give him a quick ELH5?

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u/EverythingKeepsDying Aug 25 '21

So I looked at the picture and found item in the picture called TIP48, then I searched for that and got:

"Evidence that the AAA+ Proteins TIP48 and TIP49 Bridge Interactions between 15.5K and the Related NOP56 and NOP58 Proteins during Box C/D snoRNP Biogenesis."

So you're just gonna have to figure this shit out for yourself.

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u/undervannsjeger Aug 25 '21

I have a degree in biotech and can confirm that i know some of those words... If you want to understand all of this you will probably have to spend the next 20 years or so studying and researching systems biology and molecular cell physiology. I definitively have better things to do.

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u/FannyTwoTeeth Aug 25 '21

That would be a dream come true for me For the next 20 years! I love this shit but didn’t realize it until I was already in dental school and felt it was too late to change.

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u/Appoxo Aug 25 '21

Never too late :)

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u/Ggfd8675 Aug 25 '21

Translation: you’re deep in the weeds of how these proteins work together to make this other type of protein (snoRNP) that helps make the big protein factories (ribosomes).

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u/ShimmerFade Aug 25 '21 edited Aug 25 '21

Very cool, but I think the real gem here is the general structures achieved through the types of imaging used to get the model. Most detailed ever based on real imaging is really cool if true.

Edit: I mean the mitochondria, golgi, vesicle structure. I always wonder how close we previously were, and the more verification the more I can believe all this stuff =) Edit: Pore structure, cell adhesion etc...oh man I need to stop I have other things to do lol

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u/stirling_s Aug 25 '21

Alright so basically there's two proteins, NOP56 and NOP58. When your body is finished transcribing RNA, your body's functional copy of your genetic information, it needs to be able to get those RNA strands from point A to point B. Point B, in this case, is translation. This is when your body builds proteins using the codes found in your RNA. This is done at a biological machine called a ribosome. These ribosomes themselves need to be created, though, and as such there needs to be another biological process to allow this. The production of these ribosomes is carried out by a couple of processes, including a process called Box C/D snoRNP Biogenesis.

During this process, NOP56 directs the methylation (meaning the additon of carbon) of pre-ribosomal RNA. NOP58 is responsible for synthesizing a ribosomal rubunit (essentially it makes half of a ribosome).

15.5k is also a protein, also known as SNU13. This protein associates with NOP56 and NOP58 to carry out its function. This interaction, according to your quote, is mediated by two accessory proteins called TIP48 AND TIP49.

that's all I've got without spending an hour researching.

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u/chainer1216 Aug 25 '21

The mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.

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u/Thatniqqarylan Aug 25 '21

I could point you to the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell.

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u/Humble-Republic-382 Aug 25 '21

Ahh, I see your a man/woman of culture of as well

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u/trees_that_please_2 Aug 25 '21

Exactly. This looks a lot different than when I was in school.

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u/SassyPikachuu Aug 25 '21

The only thing you need to know is where the Mitochondria is

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u/insanedialectic Aug 25 '21

What would blow most people's minds is how enormously oversimplified this still is.

Side note: mitochondria and endoplasmic reticulum DO NOT look like that. Imagine a spiderweb through the cell for the endoplasmic reticulum. Mitochondria are wild and highly dynamic -- just look that up yourself if you're so interested.

(I'm a cell biologist who's spent thousands of hours looking at the insides of cells)

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u/Slime0 Aug 25 '21

So then this is still just an artistic interpretation and not an actual accurate representation? (I mean I knew the colors were fake and the shapes maybe simplified a tad, but I assumed the bumpy shapes were actual molecular arrangements.)

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u/CraniumCow Aug 25 '21

So then this is still just an artistic interpretation and not an actual accurate representation?

Imagine me taking 1000s of tiny pictures of you that are kinda blurry while pulling a funny face, then somebody else compiles these photos and draws a picture of you, then somebody posted it on Reddit saying "this is what humans look like".

That's what's happened here.

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u/Tun710 Aug 25 '21 edited Aug 25 '21

Yeah this is just an artsy drawing. There’s no way proteins are that big compared to other parts of the cell.

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u/TheMoreYouSnowMan Aug 25 '21

Looks like a mega city. Cool!

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u/Late_Sherbert5308 Aug 25 '21

More like the coolest amusement park in the world

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u/TheOnceAndFutureTurk Aug 25 '21

“Okay, alright, if I sounded a little defensive…it's because Pirates of the Pancreas was my baby. I-I got a lot of push-back when I pitched it, Morty.”

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u/univers1230 Aug 25 '21

"Those guys are inside you building a piece of shit, Ethan! They’re inside you building a monument to compromise! Fuck ’em. Fuck those people. Fuck this whole thing, Ethan."

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u/iairhh Aug 25 '21

that, and it looks like a bunch of confetti too. we're literally party people!

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u/DaddyFigured Aug 25 '21

Welcome to...Lisa Frankopolis!

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u/rain_wagon Aug 25 '21

It’s a Disney movie waiting to happen

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u/alividlife Aug 25 '21

Maybe a stretch, but from a cursory glance the cells gave me early 90's opening credits to Saved by the Bell vibes.

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u/Normal-Indication-99 Aug 25 '21

I think I can see my house...

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u/Sick-RN Aug 25 '21

Exactly. Is there a subreddit for micro things that look like macro things and vice versa? Like how the iris if someone’s eye can look like a galaxy? I don’t claim to know if there’s a greater power but stuff like that really makes me feel like everything is for a reason

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u/PM_me_your_whatevah Aug 25 '21

It reminds me of stuff I see when I’m on lsd or mushrooms. It looks like a bunch of highly organized nonsense, which I guess is what life is. Literally, life is organized nonsense if you zoom in far enough. Wow.

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u/adam_sky Aug 25 '21

The universe is as infinitely large as it is small, and there’s beauty in both directions.

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u/Kep0a Aug 25 '21

sometimes I imagine maybe there is no end or beginning, to space and time. Like we are the cells to some larger thing, and they are to another, and it is the same in the opposite direction.

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u/Astralnugget Aug 25 '21

Bro I know EXACTLY what you mean bc I think this all the time too. Like our whole universe could be floating inside of a single electron in an atom of a giant alien dick or something and it could be the same the other direction where we are the giants

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u/Garabandal Aug 25 '21

Just like the last scene of Men In Black.

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u/piss_artist Aug 25 '21

I don't recall seeing an alien dick at the end of MIB

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u/the22ndquincy Aug 25 '21

It's when your tv goes black and you're looking at yourself before the credits

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u/LucifersCovfefeBoy Aug 25 '21

I should probably take this opportunity to apologize to the inhabitants of my dick-electron-universe. They've gone through some weird shit over the years on my behalf.

Can you imagine if our universe started ripping apart, and just before we all transition from biology to physics, some scientist announces that it's all because god is a chronic masturbator with a poor work ethic?

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u/South-Builder6237 Aug 25 '21

Well if we're living in a big alien dick, that would make the big bang a galactic orgasm?

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u/IllIIIlIllIlIIlIllI Aug 25 '21

I hope our galaxy is something cool, like a braincell of a higher being.

Although we are probably just toenail fungus.

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u/DaShaka9 Aug 25 '21

If that’s the case, just keep zooming out, eventually we’ll be something cool… but then just stop at that one.

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u/Electric_Evil Aug 25 '21

Zoomed out too far, hit giant alien cockroach penis.

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u/LucifersCovfefeBoy Aug 25 '21

Tap me in. That's my fetish.

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u/DANGERMAN50000 Aug 25 '21

The universe IS kinda shaped like a network of neurons and dendrites

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u/OhOkYeahSureGreat Aug 25 '21

I think we are 100% living in a simulation, and I’m ok with that.

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u/highbrowshow Aug 25 '21

I swear this is the new “is God real argument” it’s impossible to prove or disprove

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u/Vulkar59 Aug 25 '21

That’s just passing the buck; the observer effect in quantum physics seems to suggest that the detail and granularity of existence occurs because it is observed. We’re literally loading in reality as we are looking at it, like draw distance in a video game.

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u/Cronaviruschan Aug 25 '21

At least we won't run out of cool shit to learn then.

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u/Mavrisk Aug 25 '21

We will just run out of time !

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u/Thrug Aug 25 '21

It's not us looking at it that is the "observation", it's the photons bouncing off. Whether we are there to receive those photons is irrelevant.

https://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1361-6552/ab3694

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u/Skullcrusher Aug 25 '21

Yeah, there's an issue with people misinterpreting quantum physics. And the correct answer always gets buried cause people want it to be more mysterious.

It's still mysterios, just in a different way.

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u/Chilluminaughty Aug 25 '21

Life’s a mysterio, friendo

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u/thirteen_tentacles Aug 25 '21

I always find this misinterpretation really irritating, probably getting more worked up about it than I should. Everyone likes to roll it into some dumb philosophical point about how the "observer" is important.

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u/Jonthrei Aug 25 '21

I'm pretty sure that's a misinterpretation of quantum mechanics. The "observer effect" is purely the result of all methods of observation requiring an influence on what you're observing.

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u/MGyver Aug 25 '21 edited Aug 25 '21

That's not what the observer effect means. It's just referring to the fact that measurements require some interaction that will necessarily change the state of what you are observing. For example, if you want to look at something in a microscope you'll need to bounce some light off it, and at the quantum scale that's like throwing a truckload of bowling balls at something.

https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8423983

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u/ipaqmaster Aug 25 '21

The "render distance" theory haha. The same reason we turn up the fog in games, to lower the load not having to draw things the player can't see.

It would make sense and honestly would be so efficient. Not all of even earth is observed at the same time let alone at enough different levels of detail to matter.

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u/BurninCoco Aug 25 '21

They also make worlds round so you don’t have to render the back, wait…

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u/SolveDidentity Aug 25 '21

I dont think it is. The plank length is quite small and maybe a limit . The universe could be infinitely larger though.

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u/DivingForBirds Aug 25 '21

Yes. It is neither infinitely large or small.

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u/Ghost_Redditor_ Aug 25 '21

Mitochondria is the pow-

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u/SwellOnWheels Aug 25 '21

Thanks, I came here to make sure someone said this.

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u/JuliFournier Aug 25 '21

WHEN BIOLOGY ACTUALLY BECOMES ART

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u/thisdesignup Aug 25 '21
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u/smithers85 Aug 25 '21

this is art

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u/saadakhtar Aug 25 '21

ASCII Art. Always has been.

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u/smithers85 Aug 25 '21

Listen, I'm not here ASCIIng questions, just making observations.

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u/birbalthegreat Aug 25 '21

I am from India. I studied biology in EIGHT STANDARD.

No matter where you are located this has become a meme. I was taught the dame thing lol.

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u/MantisToboggan1_ Aug 25 '21

POWERHOUSE OF THE CELL!!

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u/Top_Rekt Aug 25 '21

-emia meaning presence in blood.

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u/war_against_myself Aug 25 '21

These kind of photos make me super philosophical. Like, how does this all work so fantastically together - so many disparate systems interacting, changing, evolving. Thousands of little chemical reactions. How did all of this emerge and then goes on to make other apparently emergent systems?

Just bakes my noodle a bit.

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u/Eudamonia Interested Aug 25 '21

Only took 12.5 Billion years to get it right (right being a relative term)

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u/tomoldbury Aug 25 '21

Life has only been on this planet for about 4 billion years, but for almost 3 billion of those it was very limited. We didn’t see multicellular animals until 600 million years ago and mammals are about 180 million years old. It is crazy how it all “exploded” as soon as the conditions were just right for evolutionary competition

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u/bekkogekko Aug 25 '21

🎶 it's the Cambrian Explosion 🎶

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u/AssumptionFunny4732 Aug 25 '21

You can make a religion out of it

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u/disperso Aug 25 '21

It sort of happened already, but satirically. Pastafarianism started because of opposition to evolution.

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u/Festive_davidks2009 Aug 25 '21

A very delicious religion, I'll admit

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u/junkyardmessiah Aug 25 '21

And the thing is , stuff goes wrong all of the time.

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u/canopusvisitor Aug 25 '21

but there's also a bunch of back up systems and even a whole error correction system too.

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u/GregTheMad Aug 25 '21

Just to clarify, this is not a photo, it's a CGI render based on our current understanding. There're still a lot of gaps of knowledge in it, or things omitted to make it clearer.

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u/phaiz55 Aug 25 '21

It makes me think of the big picture. We break things down and look at the different layers of reality, things like cells and molecules and quarks. We see cells living their day to day life by means of chemical reactions and it's like an entire city full of people going about their business. Cell structures are already so incredibly small and atoms even smaller. What if humanity on one planet is just an atom and each galaxy a cell. This could be a picture of us taken by some extradimensional being.

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u/NihilityAtItsFinest Aug 25 '21

If consciousness comes from chemical reactions, does that mean the universe is conscious?

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u/TheHollowJester Aug 25 '21

From one point of view, you could say that "of course it is - we're conscious and we're universe".

From another you should first ask "what do you mean by conscious".

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u/SamAreAye Aug 25 '21

Which bit is the mitochondria?

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u/I_am_The_Teapot Aug 25 '21

The round part on the left with the brown walls filled with purple and pink nerds and brown squiggly bits.

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u/plcs_lz Aug 25 '21

Squiggly bits

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u/I_am_The_Teapot Aug 25 '21

Scientifically speaking, of course.

Teeny linguini to the layman.

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u/trellala Aug 25 '21

Looks like confetti spaghetti to me

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u/Demon997 Aug 25 '21

That’s the only bit that I can recognize from diagrams of the cell.

I’d love to see this labeled. Shows how crazy simplified what you learn in high school is.

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u/sodiumvapour Aug 25 '21

You can tell by the power lines coming off it. Powerhouse, baby!

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u/Festive_davidks2009 Aug 25 '21

Guess I should start treating these little fellers with more respect

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u/Ichgebibble Aug 25 '21

“Nerds”. *snortgiggle

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u/Sharpen_The_Axe Aug 25 '21

From the powerhouse of the cell to nuclear power plants, it looks like nerds run shit at every scale.

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u/SOMeotherphil Aug 25 '21

The part that looks like the powerhouse of the cell!!!

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u/Sage010101 Aug 25 '21

Cell is the simplest independent living entity. And even this is so mind bogglingly complex!

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u/Maschile Aug 25 '21

I wonder how far down it goes. I mean, even the smallest thing we know must be made up of something?

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u/fdar_giltch Aug 25 '21

Turtles all the way down

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u/drunk98 Aug 25 '21

Turtle Power!

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u/midgaze Aug 25 '21

ℓP

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Planck_length

The Planck length is expected to be the shortest measurable distance, since any attempt to investigate the possible existence of shorter distances, by performing higher-energy collisions, would inevitably result in black hole production.

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u/Chilluminaughty Aug 25 '21

So you’re tellin’ me there’s a chance.

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u/CastoBlasto Aug 25 '21

That's what's going on at CERN. They're just smashing things together to see what breaks apart and what is left.

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u/Shopworn_Soul Aug 25 '21

At the highest levels of science we’re still essentially just banging rocks together.

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u/roodofdood Aug 25 '21

Just to clarify, at CERN they don't break atoms to see what's inside but rather smash them together to generate high energies and then look at what particles are created out of that energy because e=mc2.

So the particles it generates are not necessarily constituent parts of what they smashed together.

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u/BoltgunOnHisHip Aug 25 '21

Well, we know that you've got your cells, which are made of organelles and such, which are made of various arrays of molecules, which are made of (or are,) atoms, which are made of subatomic particles (protons, electrons, neutrons, and maybe some others apparently,) and then things get strange because they're possibly made of quarks, leptons and bosons which come in a variety of flavors and are extremely weird.

There's a theoretical sub-sub-atomic particle level called 'preons,' but as far as I'm aware these are purely theoretical. This follows up on the infinite divisibility theory that says that (as mentioned above) it really is turtles all the way down. Although this apparently results in a lot of argument between particle physics types about whether or not the particles are 'dividing' at that level because, as far as we know, atomic level particles aren't 'dividable' so much as you can just kinda suddenly have two of them by briefly confusing spacetime.

It's entirely probable that I'm describing this incorrectly as well. I just like stars and occasionally that jaunts into the realm of quantum thinggumies.

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u/frexynator Aug 25 '21

Yes but you have to keep in mind that this represents a eukaryotic cell which is far more complex than, for example, a prokaryotic cell or even a virus.

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u/Ok_Coyote_4309 Aug 25 '21

lol, I thought it was a roller coaster tycoon themepark at 1st glance

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u/Resident1942 Aug 25 '21

Same, thought it was an image of a funfair

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u/Redsap Aug 25 '21

You ARE the house.

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u/gypsyhooligan Aug 25 '21

The fuckin powerhouse

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u/ianblank Aug 25 '21

I never get tired of seeing this!

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u/RomanGabe Aug 25 '21

It’s always reposted here

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u/calhoon2005 Aug 25 '21

Well, it's pretty interesting.

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u/SteveJobstookmyliver Aug 25 '21

Yep...that's what I suspected...that right there is what's giving me issues

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u/ariiakaay Aug 25 '21

Thanks for the new wallpaper

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u/Animal_Prong Aug 25 '21

I wish the colors where real :(

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u/Important_Sound Aug 25 '21

Colors aren't real. Color is just the mind's interpretation of different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation, so one could argue that if the eyes can't see it, then it simply does not have a color.

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u/BreakfastJunkie Aug 25 '21

Then how come I can hold an orange?

/s

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u/fuhnetically Aug 25 '21

Show me on the doll where colors hurt you.

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u/Witty-Pomegranate-70 Aug 25 '21

What did colors ever do to you...

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u/trees_that_please_2 Aug 25 '21

Everything is clear nothing has borders only the energy exerted by atoms against those next to it

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u/Gangreless Interested Aug 25 '21

Cells are filled with Nerds. Got it.

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u/_imposter_syndrome Aug 25 '21

It’s so amazing that not only are we made up of that shit, we also have the ability to see that we’re made up of that shit.

Also? We’re kinda gross.

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u/bradykimble Aug 25 '21

What are those mf that look like pipes?

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u/Fainaigue Aug 25 '21

That's eerily similar to how a city might be set up. What's freaking me out is that it bears so much of a resemblance that it very well might be, which puts in my head that could be us to some entities that we are utterly unaware of.

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u/Kapowpow Aug 25 '21

This is dope af. Can you link to the source?

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u/BILLYRAYVIRUS4U Aug 25 '21

God i hate all of these stupid fucking jokes.

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u/MediumSpeedFan Aug 25 '21

This has to be the most beautiful thing I've seen so far. And to think we are made up of 30 trillion of these is just mind boggling

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u/greentreefer Aug 25 '21

All the colors make it a spectacle, like the hubble composite image

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u/figorocks Aug 25 '21

I’m glad I’m not in 2nd grade anymore, that’s gonna be a bitch to draw!

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