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Gorgeous Microscopy and Visual Journalism

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Over at AudioVision, a project of Southern California Public Radio, Mae Ryan and others bring us the best in visual journalism. Mae contacted me about last month’s feature on David Scharf, electron microscoper extraordinaire. His images are simply stunning, and I had to share. AudioVision is not a science-specific project, so I’m especially thrilled to see science imagery there. I wish more news outlets would incorporate science into their everyday stories. It seems as if science news is always shoved into the corner by major media outlets, and the assumption becomes that science news has to be pursued all by itself, which means people have to take initiative to find it (by visiting Scientific American blogs for instance!), but it doesn’t often find its way to the average viewer who isn’t actively looking for it. Unless it’s coverage of a new study that shows chocolate is healthy and you can eat as much as you want, it stays within the science circle.

So a big thank you to the team at AudioVision for bringing beautiful science to the people. For more of David’s work, visit his webpage: scharfphoto.com.

Various allergens by David Scharf

Kidney stone by David Scharf

Jumping spider face by David Scharf

Leaf by David Scharf

Katie McKissick About the Author: Katie McKissick is a former high school biology teacher turned science writer and cartoonist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her first book is called What’s in Your Genes? and will be in bookstores December 2013. Her work can be found at www.beatricebiologist.com. Follow on Twitter @beatricebiology.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Symbiartic.km 11:33 pm 06/11/2013

    uh, yeah!! Ridonk!

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  2. 2. Kelly Ricks 7:56 am 06/12/2013

    That’s what a kidney stone looks like up close? Yikes!

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