Science Visualized

  1. Tongue-dwelling bacteria
    Health & Medicine

    Here’s where bacteria live on your tongue cells

    Scientists labeled bacteria from tongue scrapings with fluorescent probes to glimpse at how the microbes structure their communities.

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  2. slime mold
    Physics

    How slime mold helped scientists map out the cosmic web

    Tapping a similarity between a slime mold’s lacy web and the vast threads of matter that connect galaxies, astronomers visualized the cosmic web.

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  3. isopropanol ethylene glycol mix droplet
    Chemistry

    Evaporating mixtures of two liquids create hypnotic designs

    Through the magic of surface tension, mixtures of two liquids form fingerlike protrusions and other patterns as droplets evaporate.

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  4. Life

    How thin, delicate butterfly wings keep from overheating

    Structures in butterfly wings help living tissues such as veins release more heat than the rest of the wing.

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  5. Spitzer galaxy image
    Space

    As NASA’s Spitzer telescope’s mission ends, here’s a look back at its discoveries

    For more than 16 years, the Spitzer Space Telescope has witnessed the births and deaths of stars, charted the Milky Way, found faraway worlds and more.

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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