The Best Science Visualizations of the Year

Browse through the winning images that turn scientific exploration into art

To go backward in time, start at the far right side of this Cosmic Web poster, which represents the universe as it is today, scattered with galaxies. As you move to the left, you see earlier stages of the universe in which dark matter—a mysterious substance astronomers can detect only indirectly—was structured as webs and filaments. Before that, closer to the Big Bang, dark matter was dominated by tides and voids. (Image courtesy of Miguel Angel Aragon Calvo, Julieta Aguilera, Mark Subbarao)

Young Cucumber Trichomes

young cucumber
(Image courtesy of Robert Rock, Belliveau, Maryland)

Any gardener who has gotten a rash from handling immature vegetables can see the danger in this honorable mention photograph. It's a young cucumber, magnified 800 times to show the needle-like trichomes that protect its skin.


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