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  • Over the shoulder view of a photographer shooting a Romanesco on a seamless backdrop
    E.Petersen/Science

    Picking the perfect Romanesco

    Cauliflower isn’t something I usually get excited about. But the 12 cauliflowers arriving today from California were different. These were Romanesco—a special kind. One of them was going on the cover of Science, and it had to be perfect. Researchers had investigated Romanesco cauliflower’s fractal patterns. After speaking with them… Read More
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    J. Goldberg/Science

    Ditching the studio: How to film remotely in a pandemic

    One of the joys of working as a producer is chatting one-on-one with people as they share fascinating knowledge and stories, not to mention “playing” (let’s call it as it is) with high-tech equipment. Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic swooped in and ruined that fun, to say the least. To ensure safety, Science and many… Read More
  • Illustration of a woman from behind who is looking at a computer screen where a Zoom call is taking place.
    Katty Huertas

    Illustrating pandemic life

    Three illustrations I have art directed this year all relate to pandemic life. Each presented the challenge of showing life on a screen in a new way. Each illustration merged many different ideas, requiring a solution showing multiple elements and themes coexisting in one larger scene. This Letters section asked readers the following question: “W… Read More
  • 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