Special Feature | 1 February 20132012 International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge
INTRODUCTION—Ten years ago, Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF) launched a unique experiment: an international competition to recognize the best examples of projects that bring scientific information to life. The goal was to encourage new ways to visualize data—efforts that are increasingly important for conveying scientific principles and ideas across disciplines and to the general public, and for revealing the hidden beauty of structures on scales from nanometers to the cosmos. Full introduction >>
Photography Free Access
This year's top Photographs all provide a view not normally available to the eye. By playing with wavelength and magnification, these images offer a glimpse of the beautiful details of the natural world around us.
First Place/People's ChoiceBiomineral Single Crystals
Honorable MentionSelf Defense
Honorable MentionX-ray micro-radiography and microscopy of seeds
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Abstracted away from its familiar shape, the brain can be thought of as a dense, intricately connected network. As this year's winning Illustrations demonstrate, viewing the brain as a network can lead to insights beyond just the structure of the brain; for instance, in solving complex problems using systems with no biological underpinnings, or in guiding the knife of a neurosurgeon.
First PlaceConnectivity of a Cognitive Computer Based on the Macaque Brain
Honorable Mention/People's ChoiceCerebral Infiltration
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How can an owl turn its head so far? What was the Earth like before humans came along? How do pharmaceuticals end up in the environment? Questions like these can be answered—but only with serious study and a detailed understanding of the problem. Conveying that level of complexity is what this year's Posters do best, whether it's through multiple views of an owl's bones and arteries, or a detailed overview of the history of the planet, starting back 4.6 billion years ago.
First PlaceAdaptions of the Owl's Cervical & Cephalic Arteries in Relation to Extreme Neck Rotation
Honorable MentionEarth Evolution: The Intersection of Geology and Biology
People's ChoiceThe Pharma Transport Town: Understanding the Routes to Sustainable Pharmaceutical Use
Games & Apps Free Access
This year's notable Games & Apps take participants over the threshold from knowledge to understanding. For example, the physics of planetary accretion and near-light-speed travel may not be part of everyday experience, but these concepts come to life in video game form.
Honorable MentionCyGaMEs Selene II: A Lunar Construction GaME
Honorable MentionVelocity Raptor
Video Free Access
Video is truly a story telling medium, as this year's winners demonstrate. They combine elements captured by non-traditional cameras to tell the story of the heart, reveal the dynamics of seemingly static corals, catalogue the journey of sperm to egg, and highlight the tiniest of motions to generate a new view of the world.
First Place/People's ChoiceAlya Red: A Computational Heart
Honorable MentionObserving the Coral Symbiome Using Laser Scanning Confocal Microscopy
Honorable MentionRevealing Invisible Changes In The World
- Michael K. Reddy, National Institutes of General Medical Sciences
- Corinne Sandone, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
- Tierney Thys, National Geographic Explorer
- Thomas Wagner, NASA
Text: Emily Underwood
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