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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

The Science of Visualization

What is visualization? When asked of data and information visualization professionals, answers will generally swirl around one of two punch lines…a visual tool that aids in (1) analysis or (2) communication of information...

November 3, 2015 — Jen Christiansen

An Ode to MESSENGER and Mariner 10: Graphics from the Archive

In honor of the spacecraft MESSENGER, which ends its mission today with a planned collision with Mercury, here’s a look back at the craft and its travels, as illustrated by Don Foley for the March 2011 issue of Scientific American...

April 30, 2015 — Jen Christiansen
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