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Aesthetic Species Maps
Using a run-of-the-mill flatbed scanner, artist David Montgomery turned his scavenged collection of seed pods, shells, shrubs, and weeds into animated, time-lapse masterpieces that celebrate the subtle differences between individuals of the same species.
Johns Hopkins University material scientist Michael Yu explains how synthetic collagen mimics developed by his lab could one day be used to image tumors and deliver drugs designed to annihilate them. Animation by the INBT Animation Studio.
The Happy Cell
"You're scanning along, you're looking, and all of a sudden, there it is, you just know, that's the one." While this may sound like the search for the perfect mate, it's actually a researcher describing how to spot a happy, thriving cell. Produced by Irish filmmaker, Hugh McGrory, the video features microscopy images taken by Yale University postdocs along with their commentary.
Montana State University plant scientists share the surprising finding that proteins expressed by microbes blown up into the clouds can serve as the nucleating core around which snowflakes form—resulting in snow!
The Weaver Ant
Follow Mark Moffett—photographer, entomologist, and E.O. Wilson's prodigy—into the unforgiving jungles of Cambodia where he studies, eats, and often gets bitten by weaver ants.