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Stories by Jen Christiansen

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

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

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

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

Jellyfish in Motion

Animation shows how a moon jelly propels itself using spinning wheels of water

April 29, 2016 — Jen Christiansen

Special Edition: Mysteries of the Mind