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  • Satellite image of the Bahamas.
    Google, Landsat, Copernicus

    Measuring global change

    Science’s 26 February cover features this luminous satellite image of the Bahamas. But what makes the published version notable is an overlay of yellow and red pixels indicating damage from the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019. This ability to track changes like hurricane damage from space is a precise appl… Read More
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    Charis Tsevis

    Celebrating the human genome sequencing

    Twenty years ago, Science was one of two journals to publish the first draft sequences of the human genome—a landmark achievement in science. Last month, we celebrated this anniversary with a package of articles exploring the achievement’s complex legacy. Although a large “20” made out of chromosomes may seem like a straightforward solut… Read More
  • A naked mole-rat with its mouth open set against a black background
    Felix Petermann/Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine

    Capturing naked mole-rat chirps

    To produce the photo of a naked mole-rat vocalizing on the cover of Science’s 29 January issue, I worked with Felix Petermann, a multimedia editor at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, Germany, where vocalization studies for the Science paper were conducted. Petermann, who studied data journalism and multimedia storyt… Read More
  • A. Kitterman/Science

    Reexamining “re” in the creative process

    Creative professionals like myself become well acquainted with a single, two-letter prefix: “re.” While it is casually strewn in conversation and liberally placed in front of nouns and verbs, the power that this tiny prefix possesses can challenge, frustrate, and on occasion, elate me. Developing a visual begins with rethinking how to depict a… Read More
  • An aerial photo of Arecibo
    Bruce Dale/National Geographic Image Sales

    Chasing Arecibo

    Arecibo was elusive. Oh, Puerto Rico’s legendary radio observatory is well known. Built into a natural sinkhole, Arecibo’s storied achievements include mapping the surface of Venus, beaming messages to possible alien civilizations, and even starring in a James Bond movie. But finding a good cover photograph of Arecibo for a story in our 15… Read More
  • A crop from the final cover illustration. A turqoise spike set in a white membrane is shown waving with motion blur.
    Illustration: V. Altounian/Science; Data: Paul Ehrlich Institute, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, and Max Planck Institute of Biophysics

    Revealing the spike’s real shape

    Proteins have a ton of character. Though invisible to our eyes, these marvelous molecules carry out millions of microscopic jobs throughout nature. As a scientific illustrator, a regular function of my work is to visualize proteins doing what they do. Thankfully, I don’t have to make anything up. Techniques are continually being thought of to… Read More
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    (Left to right) Nigel Taylor; Paul Jones/University of Wollongong

    Mundane to memorable: transforming pictures

    Writers, researchers, and text editors often approach me with visuals they’ve collected for upcoming stories. It might be a lab or a prototype of a new device. Those pictures show what it looks like, but I need to make the object of the story look interesting. I work with photographers to effectively communicate what’s important… Read More
  • Simon Prades

    When memory leaves

    Like a silent thief, age can rob us of what we hold most precious—our memories. In life’s later stages, neurodegeneration, which causes diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s, touches the lives of many people. Illustrating our package of papers on this condition offered an opportunity to create something both moving and beautiful. But how do… Read More
  • Crop of the final 28 August cover
    C. Bickel/Science

    Quantum blurring

    Coming up with a cover concept is one of the most challenging—yet rewarding—parts of my role as a Senior Scientific Illustrator. Cover subjects span the range of topics, from coronavirus to particle physics. I explore ways of turning their complexity into visually compelling and carefully accurate images.   I often start by talking with th… Read More
  • Aerial view taken after the collapse of a dam in Brumadinho, Brazil.
    DOUGLAS MAGNO/AFP via Getty Images

    How we made mud look good

    Adults rarely get a chance to play in the mud. But that’s exactly what crafting the visuals for Science’s special mud issue offered the visuals team. Growing up, we all interacted with mud in some way. Mud is familiar, its distinctive textures, colors, and smells evoking memories. So how could we present this well-known material… Read More