Science Visualized

  1. diagram of microbial influence in animal kingdom

    Diagram captures microbes’ influence across animal kingdom

    A network diagram of animal species shows that many microbes living in humans also make themselves at home in dogs, pigs and cattle.

  2. humpback whales

    ‘Whalecopter’ drone swoops in for a shot and a shower

    Whale biologists are monitoring the health of whales using drones that snap photos and then swoop in to sample spray.

  3. Nicene Creed
    Science & Society

    Neurological condition probably caused medieval scribe’s shaky handwriting

    By scrutinizing a medieval scribe’s wiggly handwriting, scientists conclude that the writer suffered from essential tremor.

  4. map of antineutrino emissions
    Particle Physics

    Map captures Earth’s antineutrino glow

    Tiny subatomic particles called antineutrinos stream away from Earth at different concentrations across the globe, a new map illustrates.

  5. computer simulated tornado

    Virtual twister reveals possible source of tornado longevity

    First computer simulation of a long-lived EF5 tornado may reveal why some twisters stick around.

  6. Diorama of a crime scene
    Science & Society

    How dollhouse crime scenes schooled 1940s cops

    In the 1940s, Frances Glessner Lee’s dollhouse murder dioramas trained investigators to look at crime scenes through a scientific lens.

  7. long-tongued fly

    Long-tongued fly sips from afar

    Long-tongued flies can dabble in shallow blossoms or reach into flowers with roomier nectar tubes.

  8. Planetary Science

    New exoplanet: Big Earth or small Neptune?

    NASA’s Kepler spacecraft has discovered a “cousin” of Earth 1,400 light-years away. But even though the new planet bears many similarities to Earth, experts say much about it remains a mystery.

  9. Ecosystems

    Encased algae create kaleidoscope of color

    The skeletons of diatoms, algae that produce oxygen but also form toxic blooms, can create beautiful microscopic designs.

  10. mouse cells

    Genetic switch wipes out tumors in mice

    By switching on a single gene, researchers turned cancer cells in mice back into normal intestinal tissue.

  11. sci viz loops

    A loopy look at sunspots

    In visible light, sunspots look like dark blotches that often expel flares of searing plasma. NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory offers a different view.

  12. actin filaments

    Twisty chains of proteins keep cells oriented

    The counterclockwise twist of protein fibers jutting out from the edge of human cells allow the cells to distinguish right from left.