Foundations
The Hyena Den, discovered 1821
Jef Akst | Dec 1, 2011
A 19th century geologist and minister investigates a prehistoric cave full of hyena bones in his native England.
The Human Genome Project, Then and Now
Walter F. Bodmer | Oct 1, 2011
An early advocate of the sequencing of the human genome reflects on his own predictions from 1986.
The Scientist, Inaugural Issue, 1986
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2011
Twenty-five years later, the magazine is still hitting many of the same key discussion points of science.
Animal Electricity, circa 1781
Jessica P. Johnson | Sep 28, 2011
How an Italian scientist doing Frankenstein-like experiments on dead frogs discovered that the body is powered by electrical impulses.
Ernst Haeckel’s Pedigree of Man, 1874
Hannah Waters | Aug 1, 2011
After completing his studies in medicine and biology, a restless Ernst Haeckel set off for Italy in 1859 to study art and marine biology. The diversity of life fascinated the 26-year-old Prussian, and in addition to painting landscapes, he spent the
The First X-ray, 1895
The First X-ray, 1895
Hannah Waters | Jul 1, 2011
The discovery of a new and mysterious form of radiation in the late 19th century led to a revolution in medical imaging.
One-Man NIH, 1887
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 4, 2011
As epidemics swept across the United States in the 19th century, the US government recognized the pressing need for a national lab dedicated to the study of infectious disease. 
Medical Posters, circa 1920
Edyta Zielinska | May 25, 2011
William Helfand began buying medically themed collectibles in the 1950s when he started working for Merck & Co. 
Ancient Anatomy, circa 1687
Ancient Anatomy, circa 1687
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 1, 2011
Seventeenth-century Tibet witnessed a blossoming of medical knowledge, including a set of 79 paintings, known as tangkas, that interweaved practical medical knowledge with Buddhist traditions and local lore.
Medicinal Alchemy, circa 1512
Cristina Luiggi | Mar 1, 2011
During the Middle Ages, alchemists developed sophisticated ways to tap the medicinal powers of the Earth’s bounty. Liber de Arte Distillandi, published in 1512, is a layman’s guide to the preparation of these natural medicines.