Photos of the Year
Photos of the Year

Photos of the Year

From 500-million-year-old fat to a newly discovered virus, here are some stunners from The Scientist in 2018.

Dec 21, 2018
Carolyn Wilke

ABOVE: R. SAKAGUCHI ET AL. 2018

All lit up

The intense colors of Tetbow cell labeling help trace the tangle of neurons’ wiring in the mouse brain.

Zika takes the heat

BLANKA TESLA, DEPT. OF INFECTIOUS DISEASES, UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA, ATHENS






Researchers collected saliva from these Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to study how temperature changes their ability to spread Zika and Dengue viruses.

Lab-rador retriever

DORIS DAHL, BECKMAN INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS


Some researchers require the help of a service dog, but many institutions lack guidelines and procedures to accommodate the animals. Sampson here was the first service dog admitted to several labs at the University of Illinois.

Virus unmasked

BEN ROEDIGER, CENTENARY INSTITUTE


Scientists figured out the culprit responsible for causing damage such as this to mouse kidneys.

Fossil fat

LANNON HARLEY, AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY


Lipids from a 500-million-year-old Dickinsonia fossil confirm its statusas one of the earliest animals to have evolved.

Soft robot

JACOBS SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING, UC SAN DIEGO


This wriggling robot mimics the motion of an eel and was designed for ocean exploration.

Remodeled

STEVEN SANDERS, DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, AND GREG GIBSON, CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL IMAGING, UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH



Researchers spliced fluorescent transgenes into this cnidarian’s germline using CRISPR-Cas9.

Hair brush

ALEXIS NOEL




These tiny spines deliver moisture from a cat’s mouth to its fur.

Eye tracking

TURI ET AL., ELIFE, 7:E32399, 2018



When viewing this optical illusion, people whose pupils dilated more tended to report higher scores on a self-assessed inventory of autistic traits

Handle with care

NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Some of the hundreds of mountain goats relocated from Olympia National Park were airlifted by helicopter to the North Cascades.