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Mars's First Close-up

Today marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of NASA’s Mariner IV spacecraft (November 28, 1964). In total, the mission gave us 21 complete images of Mars, including this, our first close view of the planet—courtesy of data transmitted by the interplanetary probe and earth-bound scientists wielding pastels (below).

November 28, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

SA Recognized for Great Infographics

I’m thrilled to report that two Scientific American graphics (on bees and caffeine) are featured in The Best American Infographics 2014.

STAFF October 14, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

Visualizing 4-Dimensional Asteroids

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Jake VanderPlas, a data scientist who worked on the Graphic Science illustration in the October issue of Scientific American magazine.

STAFF September 16, 2014 — Jake VanderPlas

Art and Science of the Moiré

I’m a bit obsessed with Scientific American covers, but my knowledge of the archive during the years before my time on staff is broad rather than deep.

STAFF September 15, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

A Monkey's Blueprint

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post from Martin Krzywinski, a contributing artist who designed the Graphic Science illustration in the September issue of Scientific American magazine.

STAFF August 19, 2014 — Martin Krzywinski

Beyond Classic Brain Illustrations That Make Us Drool

I threw down a bit of a challenge last month at the Association of Medical Illustrators Conference in Minnesota. But first, I had to—somewhat unexpectedly—accept some challenges presented by others.

STAFF August 13, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

A Look under the Hood of Online Data Visualization

Andy Kirk (of Visualising Data) recently published a clever image-driven post in which he uses automobiles to make a series of points about the practice of data visualization.

STAFF May 12, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

On Climate Surveys, the People Agree-Mostly [Interactive]

It’s interesting to see how different points can pique the interest of different people looking at the same data set. My colleague Mark Fischetti (senior editor and partner-in-crime for many of the Graphic Science items in the magazine) was intrigued by bipartisan agreement on questions related to global warming in the survey results shown in [...]

STAFF April 10, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

How Do You Visualize the Brain? [Contest]

Here at Scientific American, we develop lots of infographics about the brain. From classic neural pathway diagrams, depictions of medical breakthroughs, and maps of the brain’s genetic activity, there are as many solutions for visualizing the brain as there are questions about how it works.

STAFF April 2, 2014 — Jen Christiansen

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