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Leukemia Under the Lens, 1845
Jenny Rood | Apr 1, 2015
Alfred Donné’s microscopic daguerreotypes described the cellular symptoms of leukemia for the first time.
Kerry Grens | Mar 1, 2015
Galileo’s improvements to the microscope led to the first published observations using such an instrument.
Scientific Publishing, 1665
Jef Akst | Feb 1, 2015
Henry Oldenburg founded
to share scholarly news from the “Ingenious in many considerable parts of the World.”
The Sex Parts of Plants, 1736
Kerry Grens | Jan 1, 2015
Carl Linnaeus’s plant classification system was doomed, and he knew it.
A Cellar’s Cellular Treasure, 1992
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Dec 1, 2014
A spring cleaning led to the rediscovery of Theodor Boveri’s microscope slides, presumed lost during World War II.
The Body Electric, 1840s
Jef Akst | Nov 1, 2014
Emil du Bois-Reymond’s innovations for recording electrical signals from living tissue set the stage for today’s neural monitoring techniques.
A Visionary’s Poor Vision, 1685
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Oct 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.
Illustrating Alchemy, 18th Century
Jyoti Madhusoodanan | Sep 1, 2014
As the science of chemistry developed, public perceptions of alchemists shifted from respect to ridicule.
Tiger Hunt, 1838–1840
Jef Akst | Aug 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.
Imaging Intercourse, 1493
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jul 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.