Scientific Illustrations by Julia Kuhl

July 1st, 2017 | Brain

Julia Kuhl is an artist who has worked for a variety of independent science labs, top-tier academic journals, as well as a host of news organizations (The New Yorker, Chicago Magazine, et cetera). She has illustrated and animated a diverse set of topics ranging from neural populations to viscous flow states. I hope you enjoy this sampling of her creations.

If you enjoyed these creations, you can find more scientific illustration here at her site:

Space Shuttle External Tank Falling Toward Earth

December 10th, 2016 | Space


An external tank from the Space Shuttle falling toward Earth. However, it didn’t actually land in the farms of North-East France below because it is moving parallel to the surface of the Earth. Eventually, it landed safely in the Indian or Pacific ocean.

The external tank contained the liquid hydrogen fuel and liquid oxygen oxidizer used for boosting the shuttle into space.

The external tank was the only component of the shuttle stack that was not reusable. A new tank had to be constructed for each launch.


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Gene Edited, Human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs)

December 4th, 2016 | Brain


The Allen Institute just released a set of five cell lines that were created using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to track structures throughout the cells’ life cycles. These gene edited, fluorescently-tagged human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) will help researchers better understand how cells develop and how disease damages cells.

Nuclei of glowing human stem cells moving and dividing on the left and a colony of stem cells on the right:


Beating heart cells in a petri dish:



[via Allen Institute]

The Wonderful Elephant Brain

April 19th, 2016 | Brain

Enjoy this video about the highly developed elephant brain made by Alex Gendler. Elephants are much more like humans than most people realize. They can use tools, understand human body language, remember humans and other elephants for decades, and even mourn their dead.

They have roughly 300 billion neurons in their brains, which is about the same as humans. The many similarities support the theory of convergent evolution.

human and elephant brain


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