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image: The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736

The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736

By Kerry Grens | January 1, 2015

Carl Linnaeus’s plant classification system was doomed, and he knew it.

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image: A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992

A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | December 1, 2014

A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.


image: The Body Electric, 1840s

The Body Electric, 1840s

By Jef Akst | November 1, 2014

Emil du Bois-Reymond’s innovations for recording electrical signals from living tissue set the stage for today’s neural monitoring techniques.


image: A Visionary’s Poor Vision, 1685

A Visionary’s Poor Vision, 1685

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | October 1, 2014

William Briggs’s theory of optic nerve architecture was unusual and incorrect, but years later it led to Isaac Newton’s explanation of binocular vision.

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image: Illustrating Alchemy, 18th Century

Illustrating Alchemy, 18th Century

By Jyoti Madhusoodanan | September 1, 2014

As the science of chemistry developed, public perceptions of alchemists shifted from respect to ridicule.


image: Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840

By Jef Akst | August 1, 2014

Zoologist John Gould undertook a financially risky expedition to document the birds of Australia—and found some unique mammals in a perilous situation.


image: Imaging Intercourse, 1493

Imaging Intercourse, 1493

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | July 1, 2014

For centuries, scientists have been trying to understand the mechanics of human intercourse. MRI technology made it possible for them to get an inside view.


image: Wheat Whisperer, circa 1953

Wheat Whisperer, circa 1953

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | June 1, 2014

The Green Revolution of the 20th century began with Norman Borlaug’s development of a short-statured, large-grained wheat.


image: H.M.’s Brain, 1953–Present

H.M.’s Brain, 1953–Present

By Rina Shaikh-Lesko | May 1, 2014

A temporal lobectomy led to profound memory impairment in a man who became the subject of neuroscientists for the rest of his life—and beyond.


image: Discovering Archaea, 1977

Discovering Archaea, 1977

By Abby Olena | March 1, 2014

Ribosomal RNA fingerprints reveal the three domains of life.


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