Feast your eyes on some of the best scientific art from the past year

Every year, Science Magazine teams up with the National Science Foundation to host the International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Participants are asked to enter photographs, illustrations, informational graphics, videos, and even interactive games to be judged on their visual impact and ability to communicate a scientific idea.

This year the competition received over 200 entries from 33 countries, and the winners from each category are every bit as stunning as you'd expect them to be. We've gathered a handful of our favorites together here, but you should definitely check out all the winners, past and present, over on the competition homepage.


The image up top is of variable-diameter carbon nanotubes, and was created by University of Nebraska's Joel Brehm. It received an honorable mention in the Illustration category.

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All images by their respective creators via AAAS/Science

Microscopic Image of Trichomes on the Skin of an Immature Cucumber, by Robert Rock Belliveau


Metabolomic Eye, by Bryan William Jones from the University of Utah Moran Eye Center


The Cliff of the Two-Dimensional World (a nanostructured material made from ultrathin layers of titanium-based compounds, seen under an electron microscope), by Babak Anasori, Michael Naguib, Yury Gogotsi, and Michel W. Barsoum of Drexel University


Tumor Death-Cell Receptors on Breast Cancer Cell, by Emiko Paul and Quade Paul, Echo Medical Media; Ron Gamble, UAB Insight

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