Cool Science Images
Imagery can serve as essential data that help scientists understand how things work, but science images can also be fascinating and beautiful. Honoring those qualities, the Why Files has been coordinating an annual Cool Science Image contest for four years. The online publication, created at UW–Madison in 1996 to explain the science behind the headlines, named the latest contest winners this spring, and some of them — from the microscopic to the fantastically faraway — are reproduced here. Contest judges, who offered expertise both scientific and artistic, made their selections from among 115 submissions from faculty, staff, and students, with images representing disciplines from art to zoology.