Foundations
Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900
Side-Chain Theory, circa 1900
Edyta Zielinska | Jul 1, 2013
Paul Ehrlich came up with an explanation for cellular interactions based on receptors, earning a Nobel Prize and the title "Father of Modern Immunology"—only to have his theory forgotten.
The Elixir Tragedy, 1937
The Elixir Tragedy, 1937
Jef Akst | Jun 1, 2013
A mass poisoning of 105 patients treated with an untested medication spurred Congress to empower the US Food and Drug Administration to monitor drug safety.
Flying Frog, 1855
Flying Frog, 1855
Kate Yandell | May 1, 2013
Alfred Russel Wallace, Darwin’s unheralded codiscoverer of the theory of evolution by natural selection, found inspiration in the specimens he collected on his travels.
"White-Blooded" Icefish, 1927
"White-Blooded" Icefish, 1927
Dan Cossins | Apr 1, 2013
A bizarre group of Antarctic fishes lost their red blood cells but survived to tell their evolutionary tale, revealing a fundamental lesson about the birth and death of genes.
A Sea Dragon Revealed, 1823
A Sea Dragon Revealed, 1823
Dan Cossins | Mar 1, 2013
A sharp-eyed fossil prospector and self-taught paleontologist, Mary Anning discovered several extraordinary Mesozoic marine reptiles.
Cholera Confusion, circa 1832
Cholera Confusion, circa 1832
Dan Cossins | Feb 1, 2013
As cholera first tore through the Europe in the mid-19th century, people tried anything to prevent the deadly disease. Then science stepped in.
Slices of Life, circa 1872
Slices of Life, circa 1872
Dan Cossins | Jan 1, 2013
A master of topographical anatomy, Christian Wilhelm Braune produced accurate colored lithographs from cross sections of the human body.
The Look of Emotion, circa 1868
The Look of Emotion, circa 1868
Beth Marie Mole | Dec 1, 2012
Researchers at Cambridge recreate an experiment first performed by Charles Darwin to understand how humans interpret facial expressions.
Poetry and Pictures, circa 1830
Poetry and Pictures, circa 1830
Beth Marie Mole | Nov 1, 2012
On the bicentennial of his birth, Edward Lear is celebrated for his whimsical poetry and his stunningly accurate scientific illustrations.
Gone Missing, circa 1892
Hayley Dunning | Oct 1, 2012
A unique organism sighted only once, more than a century ago, could shed light on the evolution of multicellularity—if it ever actually existed.