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Sunday, February 27, 2011

2010 Visualization Challenge, First Place

Every year Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation team up to run a competition to recognize the most effective and cutting-edge efforts at visualizing scientific data, principles, or ideas.  Below is this year's winner, an illustration of the HIV virus (you can read about what you are seeing here) by Ivan Konstantinov, Yury Stefanov, Aleksander Kovalevsky, and Yegor Voronin.

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I was immediately struck by how much it looked like the Star Wars Death Star....cue evil shiver down spine. 

 Here are two less scary, warm and fuzzy, winners.....

A tomato seed by Robert Rock Belliveau

 Map of links between the genes of the mustard plant Arabidopsis thaliana by Insuk Lee, Michael Ahn, Edward Marcotte, and Seung Yon Rhee.