Tomorrow is officially the first day of a new year, and the start of the yearly trend of mistakenly putting the previous year on forms and checks where we have to write down the date, then curse loudly when we realize that we were writing in ink.
To celebrate this year, the first year of Go Team Science, I’m picking out my favorite 10 images that I’ve reblogged on here from 2013.
#10- 3D Printed Prosthetic Limbs.
This year, 3D-printing is all the rave in the market and for good reason. This technology has the potential to forever revolutionize medical sciences as well as other industries.
#9- Bill Nye the Science Guy
I don’t think Bill has been a bigger picture in the mainstream media since his children’s show was still on the air. It could be due to his appearance in “Dancing With the Stars”, which was none the less comical and fun to watch, but he’s also been very outspoken this year with his political views and appearances on other forms of media. He also appeared on CNN earlier this year right after the Chelyabinsk Meteor hit in February. I for one hope to see alot more of Bill in the next year.
#8- Animation of DNA replicating
This gif is an animation of on what DNA replication might actually look like. On the bottom you can see the leading strand and on the top you can see the slower lagging strand as genetic code is primed on. I had taken my first Genetics class earlier this year and this representation of the process of DNA replication just fascinates me.
#7- Everything Chris Hadfield Has Done Aboard ISS.
Rather it be wringing out a wet washcloth or crying, Chris Hadfield has given us insightful videos about the surreal phenomena one can expect to see from far above Earth’s orbit. Now retired, he rests in his home back on Earth, having enlightened us all and turning our minds to the possibility of a future living off planet and among the stars.
#6- The First Cyborg
I still think this is quite an amazing mark on human history. Neil Harbisson is the first person on the planet to have a passport photo that shows his cyborg nature. This passport allows him the right to not have his gear forcibly removed when entering buildings, the parts are now identified as part of his body.
Okay forgive me for a minute, I’m going to gush here…. I freakin’ love this DIY laser.
#4- Clearest Picture of a Sunspot
This is just a remarkably beautiful picture to me and makes me really admire the miasma of incandescent plasma that has given us so much on Earth.
#3- Image of Hydrogen Bonds
Using a technique known as noncontact AFM and working at temperatures near absolute zero, researchers in China found these images of 8-hydroxyquinoline, the first time anyone has actually been able to visualize what hydrogen bonds actually look like. Speaking of Hydrogen…
#2- Hydrogen Atom’s Orbital Structure
Okay gonna gush again.. This is so amazingly, mindbogglingly awesome. I mean this is a Hydrogen atom’s orbital structure. They actually managed to use a really really reaaaalllyyy powerful quantum microscope to take a photo of a Hydrogen atom and its electron cloud. If you showed this picture to Einstein or Schrodinger I’m pretty sure they would have puked.
#1- Voyager 1 Going Beyond the Solar System
The gif above isn’t a real image of the actual Voyager 1 obviously, but the number 1 image this year is the image in my head when I imagine all the places that Voyager 1 has been and all the places it will go in the distant future. There is so much for it to go out and find and, like us, its hopefully got a long adventure ahead as it travels aimlessly into the future.