Science Visualized

  1. NASA's Z-2 space suit

    NASA unveils space suit fit for Mars

    NASA’s newly revealed Z-2 space suit is the second mock-up of a suit that NASA hopes will eventually protect explorers walking on Mars or drilling into an asteroid.

  2. Neuroscience

    Visualization offers view of a nerve cell’s dispatch center

    To get a closer look at how messages move in the brain, researchers created a 3-D visualization that provides a clearer view of how nerve cells communicate.

  3. Life

    A new twist on a twist

    Nature abounds with perfect helices. They show up in animal horns and seashells, in DNA and the young tendrils of plants. But helix formation can get complicated: In some cases, the direction of rotation can reverse as a helix grows.

  4. Cosmology

    Universe re-created in computer simulation

    The Illustris Project traces the detailed evolution of the universe starting from 12 million years after the Big Bang.

  5. narwhal illustration

    Narwhal has the strangest tooth in the sea

    Sometimes called the unicorn of the sea, the male narwhal’s tusk is actually a tooth. Narwhals detect changes in water salinity using only these tusks, a new study finds.

  6. Astronomy

    Distant swirling galaxy dwarfed by violent star killer

    In a mosaic of images from a telescope in Chile, dark dust lanes and twisting tails betray a history of galactic collisions.

  7. Oso, Wash., landslide

    Seismic signals chronicle deadly landslide

    Washington state’s deadly Oso landslide was recorded in seismic waves.

  8. Earth

    Evolution of river systems

    A river’s erosion downward and across a landscape is based on a variety of factors, including terrain steepness and the arrangement of tributaries.

  9. Health & Medicine

    Second wave of bird flu ups pandemic worries

    The H7N9 avian influenza virus, which first appeared in 2013, is sweeping China with a second, larger wave of illness.

  10. 2013 Visualization Challenge photography winner

    A tiny ocean vortex, with pop art pizzazz

    Coral polyps kick up a whirling vortex of water by whipping their hairlike cilia back and forth in the photography winner of the 2013 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge.

  11. Neuroscience

    Ways of seeing the brain inspire notions of how it works

    As scientists have developed more sophisticated methods and ideas, their understanding of how the brain works has shifted too.

  12. Tech

    The gene sequencing future is here

    The biggest expense in sequencing a human genome now is the cost of storing it.