Science Visualized

  1. Life

    How bacteria create flower art

    Different types of microbes growing in lab dishes can push each other to make floral patterns.

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  2. Southern Hemisphere
    Space

    A new map reveals radio waves from tens of thousands of galaxies

    Radio waves from about 17,000 galaxies show that the peak of star formation, about 10 billion years ago, might have been more productive than predicted.

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  3. ancient skeleton wearing cone-shaped cap
    Archaeology

    Archaeologists have finally found ancient Egyptian wax head cones

    Newly discovered wax caps are the first physical examples of apparel shown in many ancient Egyptian art works.

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  4. whiskey patterns
    Chemistry

    American whiskeys leave unique ‘webs’ when evaporated

    If you don’t have a sophisticated palate, it turns out you can distinguish among bourbons with a microscope.

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  5. turtle embryo
    Life

    A peek inside a turtle embryo wins the Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition highlights the wonders to be found when scientists and photographers zoom in on the world around us.

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  6. Lastarria volcano in Chile
    Earth

    Here’s where Earth stores its carbon

    Most of Earth’s carbon is stored inside the planet. But giant lava outflows and now humans have released huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere.

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  7. champagne cork
    Physics

    CO2 from champagne bottles can form shock waves like those seen in rocket exhaust

    Popping a bottle of bubbly releases a plume of dry ice that bears a visible type of shock wave called a Mach disk.

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  8. map of Magellan's route
    Science & Society

    How circling the globe has evolved in the 500 years since Magellan’s famous trip

    Humankind has found new and improved ways to circle the globe in the five centuries since Magellan set sail.

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  9. Antarctica
    Earth

    A new map is the best view yet of how fast Antarctica is shedding ice

    Stitching together data from several satellite missions allowed scientists to create the most comprehensive map of Antarctic ice flow ever.

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  10. Milky Way
    Astronomy

    A 3-D map of stars reveals the Milky Way’s warped shape

    Our galaxy flaunts its curves in a chart of thousands of stars called Cepheids.

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  11. hydra
    Life

    Mapping how the ‘immortal’ hydra regrows cells may demystify regeneration

    In the continually regenerating hydra, fluorescent markers help researchers track stem cells on the way to their cellular fate.

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  12. Chandra images
    Astronomy

    NASA’s Chandra X-ray telescope celebrates 20 years in space

    The U.S. space agency has released new images for the Chandra X-ray Observatory’s 20th birthday.

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