seeing science


launched in September last year, Seeing Science is a year-long project at the University of Maryland that examines and documents the ways in which science is represented through the visual medium of photography

with online platforms, essays, events and exhibitions, the project looks at the ways in which science is represented as an industry and as an academic subject; the people involved and its myriad interactions with our everyday life. from Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering studies of animal locomotion to NASA’s rich photography archive through to augmented reality goggles for surgeons, Seeing Science seeks to examine the various forms scientific images take, what they reveal and how they transform the disciplines they serve. Bobby Jewell spoke with the project’s curator and producer, Marvin Hieferman, to find out more

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104-page retrospective book (2006-2016)
first edition of 1000
170mm x 240mm
printed with vegetable-based inks on FSC-certified paper made from 100% post-consumer waste

in 2006 we published our first fanzine and began a journey into science and culture. from the depths of interstellar space to the limitless subatomic horizons of particle physics to the most beautiful places on our planet, we’ve been privileged to spend the past decade exploring the wonders and aesthetics of science from a creative standpoint

full of short stories and facts, ten is more than just a retrospective of our work. it’s a visual record of where science has taken us all in the last decade – told through 100 beautiful images from the worlds of astronomy, chemistry, mineralogy, physics, ecology, biology… and beyond

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with Virgin Galactic and Y-3 collaborating on a new range of flightsuits and apparel, we take a closer look at the high-tech material inside…

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gallery: NASA’s forgotten Space Shuttle

long before America’s high-tech space shuttles were lofting astronauts and cargo into orbit and gliding back to Earth, a decidedly more basic version was forging a lonely path to space. lovingly handcrafted by engineers from NASA Test Shop 4650, this often overlooked piece of space history was cobbled together from steel beams, spare engine mounts, wood and aluminium. hand painted in a sparse all-white livery, OV-098 (as it was designated) was like a real-life Playmobil playset

read the full story in our first feature for It’s Nice That or check out this beautiful ‘spacecraft’ in photos below

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shuttle/carrier competition!

Revell SCA

to mark the arrival of our 747th fan on Facebook, super/collider has teamed up with Revell to give away a model of NASA/Boeing’s space shuttle transportation system – a specially modified Boeing 747 that could ‘piggyback’ the orbiter around between flights, and when it was retired from service

to enter, just become a fan and share the competition on social media

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2O12 in 12 seconds

from the Transit of Venus, laser fusion and Himalayan glaciers to jellyfish, crystals and hypergiant stars, here are some of the images we transmitted via our weekly email this year, along with a few from the cutting room floor. we hope you’ve enjoyed – have a lovely holiday and we’ll meet you back here for more visual science in 2013
♡ s/c

TARA party!

Tara Party hosted by super/collider and AnOther

as part of the TARA’s recent stopover in London, super/collider and AnOther Magazine teamed up to host a little soirée on board the French environmental research ship, which is sponsored by fashion house agnès b

after some drinks and nibbles, captain Loic Vallette and chief scientist Chris Bowler gave a talk about the vessel’s recent plankton-sampling voyage before leading tours above and below decks. you can read our full piece for AnOther right here and scroll down to see Amelia Karlsen‘s lovely photographs of the evening

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science printing workshop

23 October 2012

as part of the ün-establishment series we’ll be bringing our new Risograph printer down to the Nicholls & Clarke building in Shoreditch for a Tuesday afternoon of science, art & craft. join our expert teachers Nancy Straughan and Ciara Phelan and learn how to create patterns, prints, collages and illustrated work using science textbooks and imagery as inspiration – then create your own on-the-spot prints

science weekend at KXFS

August 2012

a weekend of science-leaning events at the King’s Cross Filling Station, a stunning new public space and pop-up restaurant on the Regent’s Canal read more


on Friday and Saturday, we’ll be covering a new Intelligence² conference dedicated to all things futuristic – from extreme architecture and endless cities to longevity research and life in outer space. alongside the usual more tech- and business-oriented stuff, the iq² If Conference has packed in a lot of science, including Hugh Broughton Architects’ spacecraft-like pods for the British Antarctic Survey read more


it looks uncannily like an old Apollo mission returning to earth – right down to the red and white parachutes – but this is private space firm SpaceX’s Dragon capsule, which completed its first big test this week: reaching low earth orbit before successfully splashing down in the Pacific. if further flights go well, the spacecraft could soon be ferrying cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station, freeing NASA up to concentrate on new missions to the asteroids and beyond. cue The Blue Danube Waltz


_the Dragon’s first drop test, from a helicopter, in August 2010. image: Chris Thompson/SpaceX


with solar storms battering the magnetosphere, meteors lighting up the night and volcanoes spewing lava and ash you might think the world was coming to an end. but could the Icelandic volcano actually help save the earth? the cooling effects of sulphur dioxide are well documented, and this is the first time UK airspace – and beyond – has been completed free of commercial flights since mass aviation began. in addition to the thousands of tons of CO2 that won’t be produced by grounded planes, the quiet sky will give climate scientists a chance to take a second look at a world without contrails


_UK airspace emptying on Thursday, from flightglobal.com

small world

Issey Miyake and Shigeru Ban first began discussing the idea of a Japanese design museum five years ago, the result being the Design Platform Japan‘s first exhibition. currently showing in Paris and London, Japan Car is an examination of how the country’s art, landscape, cities and environmental philosophy have shaped the latest generation of small and eco-friendly cars – and what the future may hold. from hydrogen fuel cells and sci-fi instrument panels to Toyota’s ambitious i-REAL personal transport, it’s a look at what’s out there now and what’s in store


we were going to do a round up of all the clever little green cars on show at this year’s motor show in London, but even they look a little last century compared to this week’s big news – the rollout of Virgin Galactic‘s new mothership in the Mojave Desert. the lightweight, carbon-composite aircraft will take SpaceShipTwo (in grey) up to an altitude higher than most airliners fly, which will then drop down, fire its eco-friendly engines and blasts off into space. roll on 2010


_graphic: Virgin Galactic

air power

to mark the start of the bi-annual Farnborough Airshow on Monday, we thought we’d seize the opportunity to finally publish these almost art-like photos of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter under construction


_the finished product, currently being flight-tested. all these pictures, plus videos, are available on jsf.mil, the plane’s official site. yes, welcome to the 21st century, when even fighter jets have their own website

_a single, General Electric/Rolls-Royce F136 engine powers the standard variant, while a more complicated engine is fitted to F-35B, which can take off and land vertically

_the tailfins and cockpit are added, making it look more like something from Transformers

_as construction of the prototype begins, the pieces come together like a giant Lego set ? if Lego made a 80 million dollar multirole strike aircraft with both carrier and Vertical Take Off and Landing capabilities

_photo: jsf.mil


on until July 27 at Wolfgang Tillmans‘ East London gallery, Autotechnogeoglyphics is an aerial survey of America’s automotive test tracks, from vast slabs of black tarmac in the desert to a giant sandbox that Catepillar uses to test their diggers. created by the Centre for Land Use Interpretation, it’s part of their mission to explore the ways we use – and abuse – the landscape


we recently took a few months break to redesign the site and whatnot, so this week’s issue is a recap of some of the stuff we missed. nothing comprehensive, just some nice images we came across, like this photo of the ESA Automated Transfer Vehicle approaching the international space station


_lastly, we’d like to pay our deepest respects to the brilliant visionary Arthur C. Clarke, who passed away on March 19, with thousands attending his funeral in his adopted homeland, Sri Lanka. of all the images we could have chosen (think 2001: A Space Odyssey), we thought this simple cover from hisProfiles of the Future makes a fitting tribute. it shows a geosynchronous communications satellite, one of Clarke’s predictions, floating high above the sea, which he also loved. a keen scuba diver, being weightless underwater was sadly the closest he ever got to floating in space. rest in peace Arthu

_in April, CERN opened up the Large Hadron Collider for the last time before it starts smashing particles together in August. we visited our namesake for a tour of the tunnels and experiments, and took so many pictures our camera broke. we’ll do a full post in the next few weeks

_later in January, a joint team of UK, US, Chinese and Australian astronomers travelled to Antarctica’s remote Dome Argus ? a high plateau that’s been visited by fewer humans than have walked on the moon. in the cold, crisp air, they set up PLATO ? a fully robotic observatory should enjoy skies twice as clear as anywhere else on earth

_it looks like the moon, but this is actually Mercury. In January, NASA’s MESSENGER probe reached the planet closest to the sun, capturing images of its never-before-seen hemisphere and the Caloris Basin, a giant crater that’s probably filled with precious metals for us to mine in the year 3000

_photo: ESA

modern life

on now at London’s Science Museum, a new exhibition mixing sci-fi comics with real world objects examines the rise of modern Britain through new advances like radar, penicillin and the jet engine. an interesting take on how fiction and imagination influence the real world and vice versa


_photo: Bristol Bloodhound anti-aircraft missile, Mark I


the massive Airbus A380 finally entered service this week, opening a new era of air travel. capable of carrying 850+ passengers between large airports like Singapore, Sydney and Heathrow, it could eventually form a key part of a greener global transport network – with large ‘hub’ airports and high-speed rail cutting the number of small flights. that is, of course, unless airlines decide to install bars, gyms and double beds like the ones Singapore Airlines showed off on the maiden flight


_photo: Airbus

dream on

Boeing unveiled its next-generation 787 Dreamliner this week, promising less noise and lower emissions. larger windows and a more humid cabin will make flying more pleasant, while sleekly curving wings and carbon-fibre composites will help improve fuel economy. whether this can match the giant Airbus A380 (which carries 850 people vs the 787’s 330) remains to be seen

photo: Boeing