Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, led by composer JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, have created the AlloSphere, one of the largest immersive scientific instruments in the world. AlloSphere visitors experience what it is like to be inside an atom watching electrons spin, to fly through a person’s brain viewing tissue as landscape and hearing blood density levels as music, or to be a nanoparticle on the hunt for a cancerous tumor in a human vasculature system. What you see above:

  1. Mapping of fMRI data of the brain, revealing two layers of blood tissue flow with rectangular agents that are mining the blood density levels. Credit: Graham Wakefield, Lance Putnam, Wesley Smith, Dan Overholt, John Thompson, JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, and Marcos Novak
  2. An immersive surround view of a researcher flying through the vasculature system of the human body, as part of the “Center for Nanomedicine Project.” Credit: Pablo Colapinto, John Delaney, Haru Ji, Qian Liu, Gustavo Rincon, Graham Wakefield, Matthew Wright, JoAnn-Kuchera Morin, Jamey Marth
  3. As part of the Multimodal Representation of Quantum Mechanics: The Hydrogren Atom project, this image shows the hydrogen atom with spin, representing an orbital mixture of two probability waves. Credit: JoAnn-Kuchera Morin, Luca Peliti, Lance Putnam
  4. This image is from the Artificial Nature project, and displays a fluid dynamic environment containing bio-generative algorithms, representing plant and insect-like life forms. Credit: Haru Ji & Graham Wakefield Media Arts and Technology, UCSB

Really cool. Can we get one on the East Coast, pleeeeease? Maybe put one in Disney World: promote science and awesomeness at the same time!