Photos of the Year

From bubbling plants to endangered whales, here are some amazing images from The Scientist in 2019.

Emily Makowski
Dec 26, 2019

Bubbling plants

OLE PEDERSEN

An underwater plant forms oxygen bubbles as it photosynthesizes.


Cellular tracks

NANDAN NERURKAR/COLUMBIA ENGINEERING

Time-lapse photography shows how chick ectoderm develops over the course of 16 hours.


Pregnancy illustration

© LYNN SCURFIELD

This artwork by Lynn Scurfield accompanied our feature on prenatal cannabis exposure.


Brain organoid cross-section

MUOTRI LAB, UCSD

Researchers grow organoids that display electrical activity, making them potentially useful for studying epilepsy. 


Synchronous spawning

TOM SHLESINGER

Groups of corals release all of their eggs and sperm once a year, but the timing of their spawning is under threat from climate change.


Lymphatic vessels

JI HOON AHN

A hotspot of meningeal lymphatic vessels (green) at the base of the rodent skull, pictured among red blood vessels, is specialized to drain cerebrospinal fluid.


Climate strike

EVON HEKKALA

In September, environmental activists took to the streets in advance of United Nations climate summits.


Right whale pair

FLICKR, FWC FISH AND WILDLIFE INSTITUTE

This mother and calf were spotted on February 7, 2019—the first baby to appear during the 2018-19 breeding season.


Artificial snake bite

W.-G. BAE ET AL., SCIENCE TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE

Microneedles inspired by snake fangs could deliver liquid medicine.


Turtle embryo

YE ET AL., CURRENT BIOLOGY

Turtles may have some control over what sex they develop into.

Emily Makowski is an intern at The Scientist. Email her at emakowski@the-scientist.com.