The Best Science Visualizations of the Year
Browse through the winning images that turn scientific exploration into art
- By Laura Helmuth and Sarah Zielinski
- Smithsonian.com, February 15, 2012
(Image courtesy of Emiko Paul, Echo Medical Media)
The annual International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, presented by Science magazine and the National Science Foundation, shows off scientists' artistic side. What makes the winners stand out, says judge Corinne Sandone of Johns Hopkins University, “is the initial visual impact” followed by “a certain depth of information . . . the quality of the image and the aesthetic decisions.”
In one of the more sci-fi of this year's illustrations, green antibodies attack a tentacled breast cancer cell.