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  • REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

    Six months of pandemic photography

    Back in early March, we had already spent 2 months covering the COVID-19 outbreak. The team gathered for the morning news meeting, many joining by video conference. “I’m surprised you’re all still in the office. I bet by the end of the week they’ll send everyone home,” Science’s infectious disease reporter declared ominously from the… Read More

    Photographing the tough Greenland sled dog

    Greenland holds a special fascination for wildlife photographer Carsten Egevang. He studied it as a young biology student. After completing his Ph.D., he changed direction, applying his scientific expertise to a photographic career. Since then, Egevang has earned notable recognition, including Wildlife Photographer of the Year. Egevang’s photogra… Read More
  • SARS-CoV-2 (blue), viral main protease (yellow)
    Illustration: C. Bickel/Science; Data: PDB ID 6M0K (SARS-CoV-2 main protease)

    Capturing corona

    Magazine covers are balancing acts. The image needs to instantly engage the audience while also sparking their curiosity. Above all, it must be accurate. For this week’s cover I created a story of the SARS-CoV-2 main viral protease, one with impact and movement. Upon infection, SARS-CoV-2 (blue) uses host machinery to produce polyproteins for rep… Read More
  • O. sagittarius beetle
    Alexander Wild

    Beetle mania: how we captured a beetle on the cover

    How quickly could I ship live beetles across the country? This question loomed on the top of my to-do list one recent Wednesday morning. With a rapidly approaching deadline, I needed to get live insects to a photographer by the end of the week who would—I hoped—produce an impressive photograph for the cover of Science. Read More
  • Illustration of a transparent man running wearing an exosuit and with with glut muscles showing.
    Illustration: V. Altounian/Science; 3D model: Harvard Biodesign Lab

    Figure it out: motion capture for 3D illustration

    I find people problematic. Not necessarily in real life, but as a scientific illustrator I’m most comfortable showing the functioning of a cell or interactions of subatomic particles. Creating a realistic human is a different matter. When given the opportunity to illustrate the exosuit—a wearable device that assists mobility—featured on 16 Au… Read More
  • Mark A. Garlick

    Seeing black

    The first image of a black hole, selected by Science as the Breakthrough of the Year, was both an amazing achievement and, for us, a daunting challenge. For decades, black holes—collapsed stars with gravity so intense that not even light can escape—have been a subject of endless speculation. This image, produced by combining data from… Read More
  • A. Kitterman/Science

    To 3D or not to 3D

    Sculpting in 3D is like molding a piece of clay: You can push and pull at it, refine the shape of it, add pieces to or chunk portions out of it, and voila! You’ve made a model of something (perhaps a lump of clay!). Now imagine doing that in a space where you can’t touch… Read More
  • Anita Kunz

    Portrait of a fighter for female empowerment

    It is fitting that for a feature about BethAnn McLaughlin, the writer, editor, managing design editor, creative director, photo editor, and illustrator were all women. BethAnn, an outspoken neuroscientist, has put herself front and center of the #MeToo movement. She founded the website and nonprofit, where women in the STEM community… Read More

    Cats on camera

    Cats are adorable. They’re full of personality—and unpredictability. But after years of focusing on the canine mind, researchers are finally turning to felines. A feature in this week’s issue of Science explores this work and cats’ social behavior. Kristyn Vitale, a postdoc at Oregon State University in Corvallis, is one researcher studying… Read More
  • Jordan Miller, Rice University

    Small wonder

    “It’s about the size of a postage stamp,” Jordan Miller told me in our first conversation. That wasn’t quite right. The intricate network of synthetic blood vessels and accompanying airway was a lot smaller than a stamp. The challenge facing Jordan, a bioengineer at Rice University in Houston, Texas, was producing a workable picture for… Read More