Science Visualized

  1. Abell 2744
    Astronomy

    Cosmic superlens gives telescopes a boost

    A map of galaxy cluster Abell 2744 unveils how gravity magnifies and smears images of far more distant galaxies.

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  2. computer simulation of flying male beetle
    Life

    Male stag beetles face weighty problem for flight

    Male stag beetles need enormous mandibles to fend off other males and find a mate, but computer simulations show that the giant jaws make running and flying very difficult.

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  3. micrograph of mouse's optic nerve
    Genetics

    ‘Brainbow’ illuminates cellular connections

    A mouse’s optic nerve fluoresces in a rainbow of colors. The image offers a detailed look at nerve-protector cells called oligodendrocytes.

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  4. Climate

    Monster storm dominates view from space station

    A stunning photograph from the International Space Station captures the size and power of Typhoon Maysak, which clamored through the Western Pacific.

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  5. A micrograph of a mouse's lungs
    Health & Medicine

    Pink blobs of hope in cancer-targeting quest

    Cancer drugs coated with plastic can reach a mouse’s lungs for targeted delivery, but steering the capsules to the right spots can be a challenge.

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  6. Parathrapus boisei
    Anthropology

    How to reconstruct the face of an extinct human ancestor

    3-D designer reconstructs portraits of ancestors for the human family album.

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  7. Titan oceans
    Planetary Science

    Titan’s vast seas may drive methane cycle

    A phenomenon similar to Earth’s hydrological cycle on Saturn’s largest moon Titan may create different lake compositions, similar to the salinity difference between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean.

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  8. inverted iceberg in Cierva Cove, Antarctica
    Oceans

    Glassy blue iceberg goes belly up

    A photographer snaps a rare picture of a recently overturned iceberg near Antarctica.

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  9. Sound map
    Environment

    A coast-to-coast picture of America’s cacophony of sounds

    The National Park Service mapped noise across the United States.

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  10. U.S. map of 2014 average temperatures by state
    Climate

    The continental divide of 2014 temperature

    According to data from NASA and NOAA, 2014 was one of the hottest years on record — in some states.

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  11. baby cinereous mourner
    Animals

    Amazonian bird may act the part of its hairy caterpillar disguise

    A rare view of a baby cinereous mourner feeds debate over whether the bird both looks and acts the part of a toxic hairy caterpillar as defense against predators.

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  12. stretch of 5 million DNA bases
    Genetics

    The art of DNA folding

    Cells must compress genetic material into a nucleus that measures only about 5 micrometers across. To accomplish the feat, cells make loops in the DNA.

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