Science Visualized

  1. image of laser hitting ink drop
    Physics

    Assaulting ink drops for science

    A pulse of laser light obliterates a free-falling ink drop in an image from the American Physical Society’s 2014 Gallery of Fluid Motion competition. The work may help engineers build the next generation of computer chips.

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  2. HL Tau dust disk
    Planetary Science

    Planets stake their claim around infant star

    At the center of the newly released telescope image is HL Tau, a star located about 450 light-years away in the constellation Taurus. A dense disk of gas and dust surrounds the star, which is a youthful million years old.

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  3. rings in disk of gas around star HL
    Astronomy

    Infant worlds carve gaps in planet-forming disk

    A new image shows planets sweeping up gas and dust in a disk encircling the infant star HL Tau.

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  4. walrus group
    Climate

    Melting ice forces walrus detour

    Warming temperatures and shrinking summer ice cover have forced the animals to seek solid ground during feeding season.

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  5. a full-circle rainbow
    Physics

    Complete double rainbow encircles Australian town

    A photographer in a helicopter captured a double circular rainbow while flying around a storm near Perth, Australia.

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  6. paintings by Frédéric Bazille and Norman Rockwell
    Computing

    Computer program reveals artists’ influences

    The algorithm can figure out a particular painting’s style — whether it’s abstract, impressionist or Baroque, for example — and tease out possible connections among artists.

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  7. map of simulated supervolcano eruption in North America
    Earth

    Supervolcano blast would blanket U.S. in ash

    A new simulation illustrates the explosiveness of the volcano that lurks beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

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  8. Astronomy

    Subatomic particles give glimpse into sun’s core

    For the first time, a subterranean detector has captured neutrinos generated in the main nuclear reactions that power the sun.

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  9. swarm of Kilobots
    Tech

    Robot swarm takes many shapes

    One Kilobot is not very smart. But 1,000 can follow simple instructions to assemble into multiple shapes without human intervention.

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  10. Environment

    Ups and downs in the quest for clean air

    Satellite views reveal good news on U.S. air pollution trends.

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  11. Earth

    Wonders of the northern lights

    An Icelandic aurora catches a photographer’s eye and a contest prize.

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  12. Earth

    Bird’s-eye views of the globe highlight avian trouble spots

    Recent maps reveal trouble spots for the world’s imperiled birds.

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