Science Visualized

  1. ATLASGAL map of Milky Way
    Astronomy

    There’s far more to the galaxy than meets the eye

    A new map of the galaxy as seen in submillimeter light reveals intricate details from nearby nebulas to the far-flung galactic center.

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  2. moon poles
    Astronomy

    The moon’s poles have no fixed address

    Ancient deposits of lunar water ice mark where the moon’s poles used to be.

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  3. Recolorization of van Gogh's 'The Bedroom'
    Science & Society

    Science gives clues to ‘The Bedroom’ as van Gogh painted it

    Art and science converge in a visualization of the original colors of Vincent van Gogh’s “The Bedroom.”

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  4. satellite image of plankton in Arabian Sea
    Oceans

    Swirls of plankton decorate the Arabian Sea

    The dinoflagellate Noctiluca scintillans is taking over in the Arabian Sea, posing a potential threat to its ecosystem.

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  5. cross-section of a mouse brain
    Neuroscience

    Brain cells aglow after viral delivery

    The virus AAV-PHP.B proves best at delivering genes to brain cells in mice. Similar viruses may eventually be used for gene therapy in humans.

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  6. microscope image of plaques in a human artery
    Life

    Images probe artery-hardening plaques

    Zooming in on hardened arteries shows researchers which plaques pose heart attack risks.

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  7. oil droplet shapes
    Chemistry

    Frozen oil droplets morph and shine

    Scientists can turn oil droplets into an array of crystalline shapes by manipulating the chemistry and temperature of the droplets’ surroundings.

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  8. hummingbird simulation
    Animals

    Capturing the wonders of hummingbird flight

    Recent computer simulations reveal how hummingbirds manipulate the air around them to aid in flight.

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  9. ring in sky over Antarctica
    Physics

    Halo of light crowns Antarctica

    Ice crystals in the air bend sunlight into a ring over a research base in eastern Antarctica.

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  10. MERS network map
    Health & Medicine

    Anatomy of the South Korean MERS outbreak

    The Middle East respiratory syndrome virus, which infected 186 people in South Korea in 2015, quickly spread within and between hospitals via a handful of “superspreaders.”

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  11. solar wind simulation
    Planetary Science

    A defenseless Mars is losing its atmosphere

    Measurements of Mars’ atmosphere leaking into space could help scientists explain how the Red Planet lost its once life-friendly climate.

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  12. cork and cow cells
    Life

    Microscopes have come a long way since 1665

    A 350-year-old drawing in Robert Hooke’s Micrographia and an award-winning photo demonstrate the evolution of the microscope.

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