Cool Science

The sparkling metallic colors of birds like this Mariqua sunbird.

Credit: Microscopy image by Rosalyn Price-Waldman and Klara Nordén, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University

Butterfly wings dazzle with their array of patterns and colors.

Credit: Frances Allen, Rachel Thayer and Nipam Patel, Biomolecular Nanotechnology Center/qb3, UC Berkeley

DNA Shape. The strong lines in this image echo the sinuous shape of a single strand of DNA.

Credit: Jaya G. Yodh Ph.D., teaching assistant professor, medical education facilitator, Carle Illinois College of Medicine; research assistant professor, Department of Physics, NSF Center for the Physics of Living Cells, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

New crystal form of imidacloprid insecticide

Credit: Xiaolong Zhu, New York University

New crystal form of imidacloprid insecticide

Credit: Xiaolong Zhu, New York University

New crystal form of imidacloprid insecticide

Credit: Xiaolong Zhu, New York University

Twisting and untwisting crystals

Credit: John Freudenthal and Alexander Shtukenberg, New York University

Fish skin provides invisibility in open ocean

Credit: Shulei Zhao

Nanoporous gold contains tiny pores that can filter DNA from other biomolecules and can be used to make DNA detection devices for use in diagnostics.

Credit: Erkin Şeker, UC Davis

Underside of artificially selected blue buckeye butterfly wing scales showing their iridescent lamina

Credit: Rachel Thayer

Medusa' shaped droplets containing liquid crystal molecules

Credit: Wei-Shao Wei, Arjun G. Yodh, and Felice Macera, Department of Physics and Astronomy & LRSM, University of Pennsylvania

A multi-center hydrogen bond

Credit: Professor Chris Van de Walle, Dr. Anderson Janotti, Solid State Lighting and Energy, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB); Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Lance Putnam and Basak Alper, Media Arts and Technology, UCSB

Intricate polymer brush patterns

Credit: Christian Pester, UC-Santa Barbara

Electrospun polymer microfibers, "String Theory"

Credit: Peter Coneski, Jessica Nash and Mark Schoenfisch

Pattern of annual rings in shrub stems

Credit: Image courtesy of Daniel Ackerman

Confocal microscopy image of nerve fibers in zebrafish brain

Credit: HHMI Janelia Research Campus

These fantastical structures are the microscopic crystals that make up a sea urchin's tooth. "Biomineral single crystals."

Credit: Pupa U.P.A. Gilbert and Christopher E. Killian

Shooting quantum particles resembles pattern like a turtle

Credit: Courtesy of Cheng, Physics Department, University of Chicago

Region of 'Renaissance Simulation' created on Blue Waters

Credit: Advanced Visualization Lab, National Center for Supercomputing Applications

Total quantum state of buckyballs measured

Credit: Ye Group and Steven Burrows/JILA

Large-scale Online Social Network Visualization

Credit: Jeffrey Heer, Computer Science Division, University of California at Berkeley

Rat brain showing three specific lipids

Credit: Don Smith, National MagLab

Microwaves traveling through sample inside an NMR magnet

Credit: Faith Scott, National MagLab

New crystal form of imidacloprid insecticide

Credit: Xiaolong Zhu, New York University

New crystal form of imidacloprid insecticide

Credit: Xiaolong Zhu, New York University

liquid crystals
Liquid crystals bend light into psychedelic patterns.

Credit: Oleg Lavrentovich, Liquid Crystal Institute, Kent State University

An array of microneedles along the surface of a medical patch.
An array of microneedles along the surface of a medical patch.

Credit: Sisi Cao

3D rendering neurons
This 3D rendering shows a new way to manufacture circuits directly onto neurons.

Credit: Ella Maru Studio and Yoon Seok Kim/Jia Liu, Deisseroth/Bao laboratories, Stanford University

An extreme close-up of the eye of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly.
An extreme close-up of the eye of Drosophila melanogaster, the common fruit fly.

Credit: Northwestern University

In this illustration, an object called a trefoil knot hovers amidst superconducting qubit chips.
In this illustration, an object called a trefoil knot hovers amidst superconducting qubit chips.

Credit: P. Roushan\Martinis lab\UC Santa Barbara