August 27, 2014
I’m an artist with a molecular biology degree from the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on making science infographics for several months now. 
This week I made an animated identification chart of North American butterflies. You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)
(edit: this was submitted by tabletopwhale!)

I’m an artist with a molecular biology degree from the University of Washington, and I’ve been working on making science infographics for several months now. 

This week I made an animated identification chart of North American butterflies. You can check out the full sized GIF here or pick up a poster for your room here :)

(edit: this was submitted by tabletopwhale!)

May 27, 2014
molasses-feet:

Pomegranate Dissection & Cutaway
Cindy Lou Scrivner

molasses-feet:

Pomegranate Dissection & Cutaway

Cindy Lou Scrivner

10:00pm
  
Filed under: botany food biology illustration 
May 19, 2014
bbsrc:

Inside the world of infection
Fungal pathogens manage to simultaneously pacify their plant victim’s defences whilst seizing host nutrition, creating a very difficult situation for any plant that becomes infected.
Here you can see three different stages of the fungal hyphae of Magnaporthe grisea invading and taking-over a plant cell.
Top panel: After 48h of infection
Middle panel: After 72h of infection
Bottom panel: After 96h of infection
Rice blast disease, which is caused by M.grisea, is one of the greatest pathogen threats to rice crops globally and since rice is an important food source its impact can be devastating.
Scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwth University, which is strategically funded by BBSRC, are studying the mechanisms behind fungal pathogen infection eventually hoping to reduce this major threat to modern agriculture.
Image from Mr Hassan Zubair from IBERS, Aberystwyth University
For more images of plant infection to go: 
http://tmblr.co/ZtJ7bq1B_-XUW
OR 
http://tmblr.co/ZtJ7bq1BM2QXb

bbsrc:

Inside the world of infection

Fungal pathogens manage to simultaneously pacify their plant victim’s defences whilst seizing host nutrition, creating a very difficult situation for any plant that becomes infected.

Here you can see three different stages of the fungal hyphae of Magnaporthe grisea invading and taking-over a plant cell.

Top panel: After 48h of infection

Middle panel: After 72h of infection

Bottom panel: After 96h of infection

Rice blast disease, which is caused by M.grisea, is one of the greatest pathogen threats to rice crops globally and since rice is an important food source its impact can be devastating.

Scientists from the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwth University, which is strategically funded by BBSRC, are studying the mechanisms behind fungal pathogen infection eventually hoping to reduce this major threat to modern agriculture.

Image from Mr Hassan Zubair from IBERS, Aberystwyth University

For more images of plant infection to go: 

http://tmblr.co/ZtJ7bq1B_-XUW

OR 

http://tmblr.co/ZtJ7bq1BM2QXb

10:00pm
  
Filed under: biology 
May 18, 2014
This terrarium hasn’t been opened in 40 years! It is completely self-sufficient—the bacteria in the compost breaks down dead leaves to give the plants the carbon dioxide they need, and the moisture in the air condenses on the glass and returns to the soil to feed the plants’ roots.

This terrarium hasn’t been opened in 40 years! It is completely self-sufficient—the bacteria in the compost breaks down dead leaves to give the plants the carbon dioxide they need, and the moisture in the air condenses on the glass and returns to the soil to feed the plants’ roots.

May 6, 2014

The dragon blood tree, native to the Socotra archipelago in the Indian Ocean, gets its name from its distinctive red resin, which is used in dye, medicine, and incense. (sources: 1, 2)

May 4, 2014
Barrett’s esophagus is diagnosed when simple columnar epithelium with goblet cells replaces the normal stratified squamous epithelium lining of the esophagus. Goblet cells are usually found not in the esophagus but in the lower GI tract. This micrograph shows the Barrett’s esophagus cells on the left and the normal squamous epithelium cells on the right. Barrett’s esophagus is highly linked with esophageal cancer.

Barrett’s esophagus is diagnosed when simple columnar epithelium with goblet cells replaces the normal stratified squamous epithelium lining of the esophagus. Goblet cells are usually found not in the esophagus but in the lower GI tract. This micrograph shows the Barrett’s esophagus cells on the left and the normal squamous epithelium cells on the right. Barrett’s esophagus is highly linked with esophageal cancer.

May 2, 2014
Chamaeleo calyptratus (veiled chameleon) embryo showing cartilage (blue) and bone (red)

Chamaeleo calyptratus (veiled chameleon) embryo showing cartilage (blue) and bone (red)

April 30, 2014

These black roses grow naturally in the tiny village of Halfeti, Turkey. The particular soil conditions and pH levels of the groundwater from the river Euphrates causes the roses to fade from deep crimson to black during the summer. (source)

April 29, 2014
Hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts

Hippocampal neuron receiving excitatory contacts

April 28, 2014
a redwood in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

a redwood in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California

(Source: Wikipedia)

April 27, 2014
Cross section of Liana stem (climbing tropical plant) (40x) (via Cross section of Liana stem (climbing tropical plant) | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

Cross section of Liana stem (climbing tropical plant) (40x) (via Cross section of Liana stem (climbing tropical plant) | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

10:00pm
  
Filed under: science biology plants cells liana 
April 26, 2014
Daisy—unwrapped petals (5x) (via Daisy-unwrapped petals | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

Daisy—unwrapped petals (5x) (via Daisy-unwrapped petals | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

April 24, 2014
A liana is a woody climber that starts at ground level, and uses trees to climb up to the canopy where it spreads from tree to tree to get as much light as possible. Lianas are especially characteristic of tropical moist deciduous forests and rainforests. These climbers often form bridges between the forest canopy, connect the entire forest and provide arboreal animals with paths across the forest. This is a Monkey Ladder vine.

A liana is a woody climber that starts at ground level, and uses trees to climb up to the canopy where it spreads from tree to tree to get as much light as possible. Lianas are especially characteristic of tropical moist deciduous forests and rainforests. These climbers often form bridges between the forest canopy, connect the entire forest and provide arboreal animals with paths across the forest. This is a Monkey Ladder vine.

April 23, 2014
Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in the outermost inner segments of cone photoreceptors (400x) (via Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in the outermost inner segments of cone photoreceptors (400x) (via Detached retina of red-eared turtle (sp. Pseudemys scripta elegans), showing oil droplets located in | Brightfield | Nikon Small World)

April 22, 2014
brittle star scientific illustration

brittle star scientific illustration