Beautiful Pictures


Pictures like the piece of Irish moss above were submitted by the winners of the 2007 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge, sponsored jointly by the journal Science and the National Science Foundation. The contest is in its fifth year of challenging scientists to think like artists.

"The winning entries communicate information about the stunning details of the 15-centimeter-wide feathery Irish moss under natural light, the complex anatomy of the human nasal passage and sinus of a 33-year-old Chinese woman's examination for thyroid disease, the fluid flight motion of the short-nosed fruit bat in Southeast Asia, the effect of smoking on the brain, hurricane rain clouds and the stratosphere and how hurricanes may intensify, and more."

Check out a slideshow of the winning entriesappearing in the Sept. 28 issue.


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