Best Science Pictures and Visualizations of 2010

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Today the journal Science and the National Science Foundation announced the honorees for the 2010 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge. Judges select winners from four categories: Photography, Illustrations, Informational Posters/Graphics and Non-Interactive Media. The NSF treats the contest as a way of engaging the public in scientific research. “How many people would have heard of fractal geometry or the double helix or solar flares if they had been described solely in words? In a world where science literacy is dismayingly rare, illustrations provide the most immediate and influential connection between scientists and other citizens, and the best hope for nurturing popular interest,” the foundation states. “Indeed, they are now a necessity for public understanding of research developments.”

Click on a category to check out the winners:

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