Science Visualized

  1. vegetation maps of California regions affected by wildfires
    Earth

    Color-coded radar maps reveal a patchwork of California wildfire destruction

    A composite made up of fine-scale vegetation maps from different years lets researchers track the story of plant loss and regrowth around Los Angeles.

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  2. embroidery of pyramidal neurons
    Neuroscience

    Famous brain sketches come to life again as embroideries

    A needlework project pays tribute to the iconic drawings of Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal.

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  3. illustration of gravitational wave events
    Physics

    Explore every gravitational wave event spotted so far

    This interactive visualization reveals the diversity of smashups that generate gravitational waves.

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  4. Indonesian cave
    Archaeology

    One of the oldest known cave paintings has been found in Indonesia

    A drawing of a pig on the island of Sulawesi dates to at least 45,500 years ago.

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  5. sunspot
    Space

    This new image reveals a sunspot in unrivaled detail

    An image taken by the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope — the largest solar observatory on Earth — provides the best look yet at a sunspot.

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  6. photograph of a roadrunner with a lizard in its beak
    Animals

    Hundreds of new genomes help fill the bird ‘tree of life’

    More than 10,000 bird species live on Earth. Now, researchers are one step closer to understanding the evolution of all of this feathered diversity.

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  7. preserved nerve cells
    Anthropology

    These human nerve cell tendrils turned to glass nearly 2,000 years ago

    Part of a young man’s brain was preserved in A.D. 79 by hot ash from Mount Vesuvius’ eruption.

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  8. zebrafish
    Life

    A glowing zebrafish wins the 2020 Nikon Small World photography contest

    The annual competition features snapshots that use microscopy to reveal some of Earth’s smallest hidden marvels.

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  9. false-color microscope image of small virus particles on a lung cell
    Health & Medicine

    Lung cell images show how intense a coronavirus infection can be

    Microscopic views reveal virus particles coating the hairlike cilia of an airway cell from the lungs.

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  10. map of Earth's protected areas
    Ecosystems

    Protecting half the planet could help solve climate change and save species

    An analysis lays out where new land protections could complement existing protected areas to achieve various conservation and climate goals.

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  11. toy boats floating right side up and upside down
    Physics

    Toy boats float upside down underneath a layer of levitated liquid

    The upward force of buoyancy keeps objects afloat even in unusual conditions.

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  12. New Guinea Syzygium flower
    Plants

    New Guinea has more known plant species than any island in the world

    In the first verified count of plants on New Guinea, a team of 99 botany experts identified more than 13,600 species.

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