Science Visualized

  1. graph of microbe abundance
    Life

    How one scientist’s gut microbes changed over a year

    Computational biologist Lawrence David chronicled changes in his gut microbes for a year.

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  2. peacock spider
    Animals

    Tiny structures give a peacock spider its radiant rump

    Peacock spiders use pigments and complex nanostructures to achieve bright dance costumes.

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  3. collage of images of planets, moons, comet
    Planetary Science

    Spacecraft reveal diversity in solar system’s landscapes

    The latest generation of interplanetary spacecraft have revealed diverse landscapes on planets, asteroids and comets throughout the solar system.

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  4. close-up of storage device with key for letters
    Computing

    Supersmall device uses individual atoms to store data

    Scientists manipulate chlorine atoms to store data on a supersmall device.

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  5. snake eating embryos
    Animals

    How Houdini tadpoles escape certain death

    High-speed video of red-eyed tree frog embryos reveals the secrets to their getaway plans.

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  6. dog and cat birthday party
    Animals

    What animals’ life spans can tell us about how people age

    The animal world can offer insights into human longevity.

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  7. Plot showing orbits of spacecraft that have visited Jupiter
    Planetary Science

    The 43-year history of journeys to Jupiter, in one graph

    With the arrival of Juno, nine spacecraft will have flown past or orbited Jupiter over the last 43 years.

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  8. Earth

    A third of the population can’t see the Milky Way at night

    Light pollution conceals the Milky Way’s star-spangled core from more than a third of Earth’s population, a global atlas of artificial sky luminance reveals.

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  9. green hairstreak butterfly
    Materials Science

    Butterfly-inspired nanostructures can sort light

    Scientists re-created a nanostructure found on butterflies that can separate out circularly polarized light, a characteristic that may be useful for telecommunications.

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  10. visualization of ocean buoy movement
    Oceans

    Here’s where 17,000 ocean research buoys ended up

    A combined look at 35 years’ worth of ocean buoy movements reveals the currents that feed into ocean garbage patches.

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  11. lab images of embolisms in leaf veins
    Plants

    Here’s what a leaf looks like during a fatal attack of bubbles

    Office equipment beats synchrotrons in showing how drought lets air bubbles kill the water-carrier network of veins in plant leaves.

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  12. map of stars in Milky Way that could see Earth in front of sun
    Astronomy

    To find ET, look at who’s (maybe) looking at us

    To listen for aliens, two astronomers suggest that we focus on stars whose inhabitants can see Earth periodically cross in front of our sun.

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