Foundations
Wheat Whisperer, circa 1953
Wheat Whisperer, circa 1953
Rina Shaikh-Lesko | Jun 1, 2014
The Green Revolution of the 20th century began with Norman Borlaug’s development of a short-statured, large-grained wheat.
H.M.’s Brain, 1953–Present
H.M.’s Brain, 1953–Present
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.
New Blood, circa 1914
New Blood, circa 1914
Jef Akst | Apr 1, 2014
World War I provided testing grounds for novel blood-transfusion techniques.
Discovering Archaea, 1977
Discovering Archaea, 1977
Abby Olena | Mar 1, 2014
Ribosomal RNA fingerprints reveal the three domains of life.
Palade Particles, 1955
Palade Particles, 1955
Kerry Grens | Feb 1, 2014
Electron microscopy led to the first identification of what would later be known as ribosomes.
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Fantastical Fish, circa 1719
Abby Olena | Jan 1, 2014
A collection of colorful drawings compiled by publisher Louis Renard sheds light on eighteenth-century science.
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Harrowing Egg Hunt, 1911
Chris Palmer | Dec 1, 2013
Three members of Robert Falcon Scott’s Terra Nova Antarctic expedition team trudged 225 kilometers in the dead of winter to retrieve emperor penguin eggs in an effort to establish an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles.
The Neuron Doctrine, circa 1894
The Neuron Doctrine, circa 1894
Chris Palmer | Nov 1, 2013
Santiago Ramón y Cajal used a staining technique developed by Camillo Golgi to formulate the idea that the neuron is the basic unit of the nervous system.
The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873
The Leprosy Bacillus, circa 1873
Kate Yandell | Oct 1, 2013
A scientist’s desperate attempts to prove that Mycobacterium leprae causes leprosy landed him on trial, but his insights into the disease’s pathology were eventually vindicated.
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Lords of the Fly, circa 1910
Dan Cossins | Sep 1, 2013
In a cramped lab overflowing with fruit flies, Thomas Hunt Morgan and his protégés made the discoveries that laid the foundations of modern genetics.