Foundations
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.
Life on the Ocean Floor, 1977
Cristina Luiggi | Sep 1, 2012
The discovery of deep-sea hydrothermal vents along the Galápagos Rift revealed a biological Garden of Eden.
Painting the Protein Atomic, 1961
Sabrina Richards | Aug 1, 2012
Irving Geis’s revolutionary painting of sperm whale myoglobin illuminated the nascent field of protein structure.
The First Australopithecus, 1925
Sabrina Richards | Jul 1, 2012
The discovery of the 2.5-million-year-old Taung Child skull marked a turning point in the study of human brain evolution.
The Blood Exchange, Circa 1930
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 1, 2012
Early 20th century cross circulation experiments on dogs paved the way for milestones in human cardiac surgery.
Boyle’s Monsters, 1665
Sabrina Richards | May 1, 2012
From accounts of deformed animals to scratch-and-sniff technology, Robert Boyle's early contributions to the Royal Society of London were prolific and wide ranging.
The World in a Cabinet, 1600s
Sabrina Richards | Apr 1, 2012
A 17th century Danish doctor arranges a museum of natural history oddities in his own home.
The Subcellular World Revealed, 1945
Cristina Luiggi | Mar 1, 2012
The first electron microscope to peer into an intact cell ushers in the new field of cell biology.
Botanical Blueprints, circa 1843
Cristina Luiggi | Feb 1, 2012
Anna Atkins, pioneering female photographer, revolutionized scientific illustration using a newly invented photographic technique.
Before the Genes Jumped, 1930s
Sabrina Richards | Jan 1, 2012
How Nobel Laureate Barbara McClintock nearly gave up genetics for meteorology