Science Visualized

  1. black and white image of a Paratuposa placentis beetle
    Animals

    These tiny beetles fly fast thanks to wing bristles and a weird, wide stroke

    Minuscule featherwing beetles have evolved a unique way of flying that lets them match the speed of beetles three times as big.

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  2. image of a fossilized wasp
    Paleontology

    See stunning fossils of insects, fish and plants from an ancient Australian forest

    Thousands of fossils at an Australian site show a rare glimpse into the continent’s wetter history over 11 million years ago.

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  3. CT scan image of a head and neck where some tissues and veins appear red
    Health & Medicine

    For 50 years, CT scans have saved lives, revealed beauty and more

    In 1971, the first CT scan of a patient laid bare the human brain. That was just the beginning of a whole new way to view human anatomy.

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  4. black and white image of a sponge's digestive chambers with a neuroid cell highlighted in blue
    Neuroscience

    Brainless sponges contain early echoes of a nervous system

    Simple sponges contain cells that appear to send signals to digestive chambers, a communication system that offer hints about how brains evolved.

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  5. A closeup of a southern live oak leaf, shown at 60 times magnification, with the leaf's trichomes in white, vessels in cyan and stomata in purple
    Life

    A beautiful oak leaf portrait won the 2021 Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition showcases otherworldly photos that capture microscopic features of nature and science.

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  6. Hyloscirtus tigrinus frog eye up close
    Animals

    Frog and toad pupils mainly come in seven different shapes

    Analyzing over 3,200 species revealed that the colorful eyes of frogs and toads have pupils shaped as slits, diamonds, fans and more.

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  7. A photo of the Martian landscape with part of the Perseverance rover in the foreground
    Planetary Science

    See some of the most intriguing photos from NASA’s Perseverance rover so far

    Six months ago, Perseverance landed on the Red Planet. Here’s what the rover has been observing.

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  8. visualization of Alaska’s Yukon Delta
    Climate

    A stunning visualization of Alaska’s Yukon Delta shows a land in transition

    Water and ice helped form the Yukon River’s delta. Now, climate change is reshaping it.

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  9. Venus's-flower-basket sea sponge
    Animals

    How intricate Venus’s-flower-baskets manipulate the flow of seawater

    Simulations show that a deep-sea glass sponge’s intricate skeleton creates particle-trapping vortices and reduces the stress of rushing water.

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  10. Glasswing butterfly
    Animals

    New images clarify how glasswing butterflies make their wings transparent

    Close-up views of glasswing butterflies reveal the secrets behind the insect’s see-through wings: sparse, spindly scales and a waxy coating.

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  11. microscope image of plant cells
    Life

    Cells cram DNA into the nucleus in two distinct ways

    Heat maps of cell nuclei show that some cells pack chromosomes that look like crumpled balls of paper, while others are neatly stacked.

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  12. person walking by an electronic sign in Phoenix that reads 122 degrees and 6:27pm
    Climate

    The last 30 years were the hottest on record for the United States

    Typical temps across large swaths of the country are now 1 to 2 degrees Fahrenheit higher than their 20th-century averages.

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