Light bounces from an image to your eye, and is interpreted by your brain.
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Sometimes photographic images are not able to capture and accurately represent science – especially at very tiny scales. This is where scientific visualisation comes in.
The cheetah population almost halved since 1975 with only an estimated 7,100 left in the wild today.
Captivity isn’t kind to cheetahs where most develop diseases that are unusual in big cats. It’s never been clear why this is the case, but understanding their metabolism might provide the answer.
General relativity isn’t only a powerfully descriptive theory, but there’s a beauty in its elegance.
Einstein’s theory of general relativity is a triumph of reason and imagination, of art and science, with a profound beauty of its own.
The enzyme, DNA methyltransferase (DNMT), in action in the animation, Tagging DNA.
It takes a careful balance between art and science to illustrate the processes that take place within our cells and explain the complexities of epigenetics.
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
Artistic license should be avoided in scientific illustration.
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When you open a science textbook or magazine, it’s often the images that capture your attention. Some of these images help you visualise the topics, while others - such as diagrams - can be instrumental…