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Stories by Jen Christiansen

Pi City

Data visualizers Martin Krzywinski and Jake Lever map city centers for an annual Pi Day art exploration

March 14, 2018 — Jen Christiansen

Circadian Rhythms, Illustrated

A graphic from the Scientific American archive provides a look into the brain’s molecular clock—research that contributed to this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 2, 2017 — Jen Christiansen
Unexplained Light Curves

Unexplained Light Curves

Boyajian’s star is dimming again. This graphic shows why that’s weird.

May 22, 2017 — Jen Christiansen
Interactive Brain Art

Interactive Brain Art

A new media installation at Columbia University renders the brain larger than life

May 2, 2017 — Jen Christiansen
Sleeping Beauties of Science

Sleeping Beauties of Science

Scientific American graphic about slumbering research papers wakes up for an award

April 7, 2017 — Jen Christiansen
Atmospheric Rivers, Illustrated

Atmospheric Rivers, Illustrated

Graphics from the Scientific American archive show how these storm systems impact California

January 6, 2017 — Jen Christiansen
Vera Rubin's Numbers

Vera Rubin's Numbers

Evidence for dark matter is visible in this elegant set of simple charts, rooted in data published decades ago

December 30, 2016 — Jen Christiansen
Solar Superstorms, Illustrated

Solar Superstorms, Illustrated

An executive order calling for more preparedness and better forecasting for space weather is creating a buzz about electromagnetic storms. What are they?

November 17, 2016 — Jen Christiansen

Landing on Mars: How and When

A graphic from the Scientific American archive provides context for this month’s Mars landing attempt

October 19, 2016 — Jen Christiansen
Autophagy, Illustrated

Autophagy, Illustrated

A graphic from the Scientific American archive shows how cells clean house—the basics behind this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

October 9, 2016 — Jen Christiansen
Visualizing Polls

Visualizing Polls

A playful, explorable explanation demonstrates the impact of chance on poll results

September 16, 2016 — Jen Christiansen
Publishing on Printing

Publishing on Printing

Learning from Scientific American’s 171 years of covering advances in printing technology

August 24, 2016 — Jen Christiansen
Neural Networks for Artists

Neural Networks for Artists

From hallucinogenic-like DeepDream composites to mesmerizing style-transfer videos, visuals provide an engaging entry point to the world of machine learning

July 8, 2016 — Jen Christiansen
Stories by Jen Christiansen

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