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

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Botanical Art

By Kenny Coogan | July 10, 2015

Scientific illustrator Mindy Lighthipe’s interest in insects inspired her to begin drawing plants.

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For the Love of Plants

By Kenny Coogan | July 10, 2015

Meet botanical illustrator Mindy Lighthipe, who practices environmental activism through art.

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Anatomy for Everybody

By Eli Chen | August 1, 2014

Meet Vanessa Ruiz, the medical illustrator behind the popular art blog Street Anatomy.

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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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Zooming into Life

By Edyta Zielinska | February 16, 2012

Teenagers create a program that lets viewers compare the sizes of things on earth and in space.

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Cyan Wonders

By Cristina Luiggi | February 1, 2012

In 1842, Anna Atkins, a 43-year-old amateur botanist from Kent, England, began experimenting with a brand-new photographic process called cyanotype or blue-print. 

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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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