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image: Demonstrating Discontent, May 21, 1990

Demonstrating Discontent, May 21, 1990

By Andrea Anderson | July 17, 2017

Activists demanded greater access to and involvement in clinical research for AIDS treatments—and their protests were heard.


The 19th century biologist’s drawings, tainted by scandal, helped bolster, then later dismiss, his biogenetic law.


By ditching traditional agar-based media, two biochemists captured iconic images of Myxococcus in 1982.


image: Discovering Archaea, 1977

Discovering Archaea, 1977

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Ribosomal RNA fingerprints reveal the three domains of life.


image: Fantastical Fish, circa 1719

Fantastical Fish, circa 1719

By Abby Olena | January 1, 2014

A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.

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image: Sketching out Cell Theory, circa 1837

Sketching out Cell Theory, circa 1837

By Kate Yandell | August 1, 2013

How a dinner-table conversation between two biologists led to the formulation of the theory that cells are the building blocks of all living organisms.


image: Flying Frog, 1855

Flying Frog, 1855

By Kate Yandell | May 1, 2013

Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s unheralded codiscoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, found inspiration in the specimens he collected on his travels.



"White-Blooded" Icefish, 1927

By Dan Cossins | April 1, 2013

A bizarre group of Antarctic fishes lost their red blood cells but survived to tell their evolutionary tale, revealing a fundamental lesson about the birth and death of genes.


image: Poetry and Pictures, circa 1830

Poetry and Pictures, circa 1830

By Beth Marie Mole | November 1, 2012

On the bicentennial of his birth, Edward Lear is celebrated for his whimsical poetry and his stunningly accurate scientific illustrations.

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image: Gone Missing, circa 1892

Gone Missing, circa 1892

By Hayley Dunning | October 1, 2012

A unique organism sighted only once, more than a century ago, could shed light on the evolution of multicellularity—if it ever actually existed.


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