Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731
Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731
Frederik Ruysch’s collections blended specimens for scientific discovery with macabre art.
Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731
Deathly Displays, circa 1662–1731

Frederik Ruysch’s collections blended specimens for scientific discovery with macabre art.

Frederik Ruysch’s collections blended specimens for scientific discovery with macabre art.

Foundations
Poet of the Sea, 1940s–1950s
Poet of the Sea, 1940s–1950s
Ashley Yeager | Nov 1, 2019
Most know Rachel Carson for her work on the dangers of chemical pollutants, but the writer’s earlier prose took readers on a tour of a mysterious underwater world.
Wine Therapy, Middle Ages
Wine Therapy, Middle Ages
Kerry Grens | Oct 1, 2019
The beverage was a popular tonic and antiseptic.
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Modern Synthesis, 1937
Chia-Yi Hou | Sep 1, 2019
Theodosius Dobzhansky’s work in population genetics influenced how genetics and natural selection were combined in evolutionary biology.
Heel Prick, 1957
Heel Prick, 1957
Ashley Yeager | Jul 15, 2019
Robert Guthrie’s blood test for the metabolic disorder phenylketonuria launched a worldwide movement to screen every baby for the disease soon after birth.
Bovine Inoculations, circa 1870s
Bovine Inoculations, circa 1870s
Christopher DeCou | Jun 1, 2019
Lymph from cattle proved more effective at inducing immunity to smallpox than the older, person-to-person method.
Machine, Learning, 1951
Machine, Learning, 1951
Jef Akst | May 1, 2019
Marvin Minsky engineered the first known artificial neural network, in which “rats” represented as lights learned to solve a maze.
From Chemical Weapon to Chemotherapy, 1917–1946
From Chemical Weapon to Chemotherapy, 1917–1946
Carolyn Wilke | Apr 1, 2019
Mustard gas blistered men’s bodies on the battlefield, but paved the way for cancer-fighting drugs.
How Chromosomes X and Y Got Their Names, 1891
How Chromosomes X and Y Got Their Names, 1891
Joseph Keierleber | Mar 1, 2019
A quirk of nomenclature originates in the study of insect cells.
Flower Preservation, 1916
Flower Preservation, 1916
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2019
James Kirkham Ramsbottom saved Britain’s daffodil industry from a devastating parasite, only to be forgotten.