In the press

Bacteria illustrations for Harvard University

Biology, Illustration, In the press

We created a series of illustrations for Harvard University to accompany journal articles on their bacterial research.
These images show:
(left) A pile up of bacteria in different stages of growth and division.
(right) The growth of bacteria over time, as well as the straightening-out of an induced curvature in the young cells.







More info on their research at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Space Junk Clean-up at the Royal Society

Animation, Engineering, In the press, Space

We created this animation for Surrey Space Centre, who are one of 22 projects at the Royal Society’s Summer Exhibition, which features exhibits, talks and activites for all ages.
It puts into context the issue of space junk, and shows how Surrey Space Centre, in collaboration with others in the space sector, are building missions to test and refine methods for removing and reducing space debris.

The official spiel: “Since the beginning of the space age, over 7,000 tonnes of space junk has been generated – mostly empty rocket casings and dead satellites. Most of the objects launched into space are still orbiting the Earth, threatening collisions with active satellites. Our exhibit invites you to explore our flagship RemoveDEBRIS mission, which aims to be the first to test capture technologies that drag space junk back into the Earth’s atmosphere to burn up.”

Cleaning up Space Junk on the Royal Society website.

Shortlisted in the "Vizzies"

Chemistry, Illustration, In the press, Uncategorized

Other than it having an awful name, we’re super excited to have an illustration shortlisted in the Vizzies, which is run by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Popular Science magazine (which I buy to look at the pretty pictures).
Do please cast your vote, and if you happen to like ours best (hint hint), that would be really cool as we’ll get printed in Popular Science.

More about the illustration:
An illustration created for the O’Reilly Research Group at the Unviersity of Nottingham, to illustrate the concept of using Darwinian selection to find better proteins, by making many small tweaks to their structure and selecting ones that are most effective at each stage.  The image mimics the famous monkey-to-man depiction of evolution, but using secondary protein structures that evolve and form functional structures.

More about their research

Medical Illustration / GNSI Source Books

Biology, Engineering, Illustration, In the press

We just signed up to advertise in the Medical Illustration Source Book, after years of deliberation. It helped that they did a deal with advertising in the Natural Science Source Book too!  Fingers crossed that people love our pretty pictures….

Equinox advert in the Medical Illustration Source Book

Browse the Medical Source Book online (we’re on page 157)
Oh, and here’s us in the GNSI Natural Science source book too (2 pages!):

Equinox advert in GNSI source book
Equinox advert in GNSI source book

Browse the Natural Science Source Book online (we’re on pages 16-17):

SPL’s clip of the week (chrysalis)

Animation, Biology, In the press

Our visualisation of x-ray data of a chrysalis has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week.
The animation shows a butterfly metamorphosis inside its chrysalis. This sequence was produced from reconstructed computed tomography (CT) scan data, showing the internal detail of a caterpillar’s transformation into a butterfly. Initially the caterpillar’s internal organs are seen, mainly its digestive tract and the network of breathing tubes along its length. As the metamorphosis progresses, the internal structures become increasingly complex, and the eyes (far left) and wings of the butterfly become prominent.

See more of our chrysalis animations in this blog post.
SPL’s Clip of the Week
Our stock images at SPL
Our stock animations at SPL – part 1
Our stock animations at SPL – part 2

SPL’s clip of the week (space debris)

Animation, In the press, Space

Our visualisation of space debris has just been chosen as Science Photo Library‘s clip of the week.
Satellites are shown in red, everything else in blue (ranging from flecks of paint to entire discarded rocket stages). The space between geostationary orbit and the near-Earth orbits is relatively empty, but in the close-up at the end the number of pieces of debris and junk around the Earth is seen to be vast. This animation is created from data of 13,977 actual objects tracked by NORAD and is shown correct for 30th May 2013.

SPL’s Clip of the Week
Our stock images at SPL
Our stock animations at SPL – part 1
Our stock animations at SPL – part 2