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)

Transmission Electron Microscope

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(Image courtesy of Fabian de Kok-Mercado, Victoria Wahl-Jensen, and Laura Bollinger, NIAID IRF, Frederick, Maryland)

In a bit of a meta-award, one of this year's honorees depicts the technology used to depict many of the subjects of other award-winning images. Compare the Transmission Electron Microscope image of the Ebola virus in the upper righthand corner with the Ebola virus poster to get two views of one of biomedicine's most urgent research subjects.

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