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image: The First Australopithecus, 1925

The First Australopithecus, 1925

By Sabrina Richards | July 1, 2012

The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.

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The Blood Exchange, Circa 1930

By Cristina Luiggi | June 1, 2012

Early 20th century cross circulation experiments on dogs paved the way for milestones in human cardiac surgery.

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image: Boyle’s Monsters, 1665

Boyle’s Monsters, 1665

By Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012

From accounts of deformed animals to scratch-and-sniff technology, Robert Boyle's early contributions to the Royal Society of London were prolific and wide ranging.

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image: The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

The World in a Cabinet, 1600s

By Sabrina Richards | April 1, 2012

A 17th century Danish doctor arranges a museum of natural history oddities in his own home.

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image: The Subcellular World Revealed, 1945

The Subcellular World Revealed, 1945

By Cristina Luiggi | March 1, 2012

The first electron microscope to peer into an intact cell ushers in the new field of cell biology.

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image: Botanical Blueprints, circa 1843

Botanical Blueprints, circa 1843

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2012

Anna Atkins, pioneering female photographer, revolutionized scientific illustration using a newly invented photographic technique.

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Before the Genes Jumped, 1930s

By Sabrina Richards | January 1, 2012

How Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock nearly gave up genetics for meteorology

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image: The Hyena Den, discovered 1821

The Hyena Den, discovered 1821

By Jef Akst | December 1, 2011

A 19th century geologist and minister investigates a prehistoric cave full of hyena bones in his native England.

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image: <em>The Scientist,</em> Inaugural Issue, 1986

The Scientist, Inaugural Issue, 1986

By Jef Akst | October 1, 2011

Twenty-five years later, the magazine is still hitting many of the same key discussion points of science.

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image: The Human Genome Project, Then and Now

The Human Genome Project, Then and Now

By Walter F. Bodmer | October 1, 2011

An early advocate of the sequencing of the human genome reflects on his own predictions from 1986.

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