Here a few recent illos for Ian Brown over at the Scientific American.
It's a monthly thing for their Advances section, where they report on recent scientific discoveries/tendencies/findings.
The topics are always quite interesting and unusual and make for great little conceptual assignments.
Really fun gig.
Too Much Information?
A series of recent breakthroughs means that early, noninvasive genetic tests for fetuses may be just two years away
Too Contagious to Fail.
Why bankers should think more like epidemiologists
Controlling parents tend to have depressed children with average grades.
Cancer testing? There’s an app for that.
Physicians are using smartphones to diagnose diseases, check blood cell counts and identify pathogens in drinking water.
A Light in the Darkness.
Embryonic stem cells may help treat a leading cause of blindness.
The Prices Are Right.
Two economists find a faster, cheaper way to measure inflation.
Rare Gene Mutation May Lead to Better Treatment for Tourette’s Syndrome.
How companies can balance their desire for useful information with their customers’ need for privacy via random numerical masking.
On the health benefits of swearing.
BEAUTY AND THE BEASTS.
Why pretty women can turn men violent.
The Red Cross has banned Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers from giving blood, even though experts have yet to agree on a cause for the illness.
Do The Math.
Mind-Reading Salmon and Other Fables or
the true meaning of statistical significance via the "P-Value".
How to Read 14 Million Tweets.
Smarter language processors are helping experts peer inside the Twitterverse.
All Together Now.
Scientists are taking elements of peer review public.
What’s In a Nose?
Nasal cavities can provide air conditioning or heat, depending on the climate.
The Pitfalls of Positive Thinking.
How rosy thoughts can lead to negative outcomes.
Gig.U Is Now in Session.
A group of universities is piloting Internet connections up to 1,000 times faster than those available today.
Up In Smoke.
This year has brought bad news for whole-plant marijuana research, but compounds derived from the drug are showing new promise.
Better at Math. Really.
Evidence mounts that males and females aren’t biologically different
when it comes to numbers.
Just a Click Away.
Exotic, African-derived consonants play a larger role in English than previously thought.
Gumming Up Appetite.
Researchers plan to create a chewing gum that sneaks a hunger-suppressing hormone through the gut and into the blood.
A New Wrinkle In Time.
Scientists develop a “time cloak” that can obscure an object at a given moment.
Why Cramming Doesn’t Work.
Experiments on sea slugs hint at an optimal learning method.
Some languages sound faster than others, but most convey information at the same rate.